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Post by furrykef » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:37 am

Perseus wrote:PS. How often annis check the forums, as I have a post in Greek forums pending moderation.
Good luck with that. I think there's a post in the Wheelock forum pending moderation for well over a month now. I'm rather upset about it. :?
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Post by Westcott » Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:05 pm

Hi! Been stdying Greek & Latin for about a decade now, and was an early user of Textkit. Dropped back by to look for a composition text, and saw the lovely forum, so here I am.

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Post by FaithRestMom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:57 am

Hi! I'm a 45yo mother of three, grandmother of two, doggy mom of one. I'm interested in learning Greek for Bible study, and also in learning Latin, just because I enjoyed it in high school %% years ago! To be honest, I'm not even sure how I will use this forum, but expect I'll come up with some questions as I start my studies.

Thank you for this resource. I'm really excited to start learning! :D

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Post by peterwilliams6 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:20 pm

Good day, everyone.

My name is Peter. I taught Classics, Latin and Ancient Greek for over 30 years in Great Britain at both school and university level. I am now retired and living in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I hope I can be of some help on this forum being familiar with both the Cambridge and Oxford Latin courses, together with Wheelock's Latin and even Kennedy's Approach to Latin. As for Greek, I am familiar with both classical and NT Kione Greek. I used to specialise in Epic poetry (Homer and Virgil) and historiography (mainly Herodotus and Thucydides.)

Remember Seneca's maxim, "Non scholae, sed vitae, discimus." (We learn not for school, but for life.) Ironically printed incorrectly in Wheelock's Latin (page 53) as non vitae, sed scholae, discimus. You just can't get good proof readers these days, LOL..

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Post by FaithRestMom » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:48 am

peterwilliams6 wrote:Remember Seneca's maxim, "Non scholae, sed vitae, discimus." (We learn not for school, but for life.) Ironically printed incorrectly in Wheelock's Latin (page 53) as non vitae, sed scholae, discimus. You just can't get good proof readers these days, LOL..
That just cracks me up! I'll be sure to remember that one! :lol:
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Post by perseph » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:33 am

Hi, my name is indeed, Persephone, although I go by Seph most of the time.

I am a writer who focuses mostly on Greek and Roman mythology and history (plays, fiction, screenplays and poetry)

Just found this website whilst looking for info on ancient curses in Latin and felt this would be a superb reference to have at fingertips. It's great to have a 'go to' place for someone like me who is incessantly curious about ancient history (Sumerian, Persian, etc) and know there are others here who enjoy the same pursuits.

Nice to meet you all.

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Post by furrykef » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:54 pm

peterwilliams6 wrote:Remember Seneca's maxim, "Non scholae, sed vitae, discimus." (We learn not for school, but for life.) Ironically printed incorrectly in Wheelock's Latin (page 53) as non vitae, sed scholae, discimus. You just can't get good proof readers these days, LOL..
No, you have it wrong, I'm afraid. The maxim is indeed often inverted to the form you used, and in that form is used for school mottoes and such, but Seneca's point was that he felt too many people were learning useless things. The source of the quote is from the epistulae morales ad Lucilium, #106 (CVI), which ends with "quemadmodum omnium rerum -- sic litterarum quoque -- intemperantia laboramus: non vitae sed scholae discimus". I.e., "Just as in all things -- thus, literature too -- we work in immoderation: we're learning not for life but for school."
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Post by peterwilliams6 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:07 pm

furrykef wrote:
peterwilliams6 wrote:Remember Seneca's maxim, "Non scholae, sed vitae, discimus." (We learn not for school, but for life.) Ironically printed incorrectly in Wheelock's Latin (page 53) as non vitae, sed scholae, discimus. You just can't get good proof readers these days, LOL..
No, you have it wrong, I'm afraid. The maxim is indeed often inverted to the form you used, and in that form is used for school mottoes and such, but Seneca's point was that he felt too many people were learning useless things. The source of the quote is from the epistulae morales ad Lucilium, #106 (CVI), which ends with "quemadmodum omnium rerum -- sic litterarum quoque -- intemperantia laboramus: non vitae sed scholae discimus". I.e., "Just as in all things -- thus, literature too -- we work in immoderation: we're learning not for life but for school."

You are indeed correct. I have never read Seneca (and after reading epistle 106, I know why LOL). I guess, being one of the chief advocates of Stoic philosophy, he is stressing that Virtue is the only Good and anything else is an indifferent (such as literature) and hence we don't need it for life but it would be more useful as a preferred indifferent in the classroom. I think your post would have surprised many other people too, who like me, obtained the inverted form of Seneca's line from secondary sources. Anyway, thanks for pointing that out. I am pleased to have learned something new today.

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Post by parjanya » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:59 pm

Hi!

I've been studying latin, greek and sanskrit for ~5 years now, because i'm too addicted to indo-european linguistics ; ), and I'm right now trying to improve my greek by reading the Iliad. I know this site for a long time, and felt it was the time to register (again? I don't remember), and have some help, with greek specially, and hopefully help others, too.

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Post by malbonheur » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:55 am

Hi!
I've always been interested in learning languages and the Ancient World. I've learned French and Italian, my mother tongue being Spanish, but not knowing the etymological origin of a word always bugged me, now I intend to remedy that situation by learning Latin, and I hope someday Classic Greek too.
This seems a great forum with nice people willing to help you out; I will eventually try to give back to the community, so till then have a bit of patience with me.


Hasta la próxima.

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