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Post by GreekGeek2 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:36 pm

I'd really like to know from you who you think is the hardest writer, why and which text in particular :D .

Thanks a lot,

P.s. The hardest text in my opinion is the Frogs of Aristophanes. Translating it and it takes me ages because of all the strange words and grammatical difficulties!

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Post by spiphany » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:59 pm

Callimachus is certainly the one I've struggled the most with (esoteric vocabulary, unusual forms, and a highly conscious, artificial style...and I had all this thrown at me with only a couple semesters of reading Greek texts behind me).
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)

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Post by timeodanaos » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:17 pm

I'm reading Pindar's first Olympian Ode right now, and it is killing me.

Plato's Kratylos is, as far as I remember, somehow more difficult than other dialogues I have read.

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Post by Didymus » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:30 am

Lycophron, Alexandra. Why? Well, try reading it.

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Post by jk0592 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:00 pm

The History by Thucydides. For some reason, every other sentence takes me a good fraction of an hour to understand.
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Post by thesaurus » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:38 pm

At this point in the game everything I read is the most difficult for me.

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Post by annis » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:41 pm

Didymus wrote:Lycophron, Alexandra. Why? Well, try reading it.
Is that a fair mention? It's designed to be obtuse.

Pindar has a terrible reputation, but after some reading his language becomes easier, if not always his obscurity of sense.

In general I have a harder time with the Alexandrian poets, too. The Aoidoi workup of Theocritus 13 cured me of any desire to read more of him any time soon.
William S. Annis —
τίς πατέρ' αἰνήσει εἰ μὴ κακοδαίμονες υἱοί;

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