For our purposes, composition means any text you might produce in Latin or Greek longer than a single sentence. For conversation in Latin or Greek, you should visit the Agora. For single phrase questions, or questions about exercises from non-composition textbooks, you should visit the usual Greek or Latin forums.
Otherwise this forum is composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment on other people's work, post composition challenges on some topic or form, or just dazzle us with your inventive use of galliambics.
A few guidelines (apart from the usuals - be polite, etc.):
- Spend a moment to make sure the corrections you offer are themselves correct. Citing the usage of a classical author is especially helpful.
- If you're posting work from one of the composition textbooks, please let us know which one.
As always, the lexical tools at Perseus (Chicago) are major treasures.
For Latin there is:
- Latin Elegiacs
- Do-It-Yourself: How To Write Latin Verse
- Neo-Latin Lexicon The Morgan-Owens Lexicon of Neo-Latin and Contemporary Latin Usage.
- SMITH & HALL English-Latin Dictionary
- The materials for Greek 701 - Greek Rhetoric and Prose Style has many examples and analyses of many prose styles.
- The Greek Elegiac Couplet: A Writer's Guide
- A word shape approach, Writing Iambics
- There are several English-Greek dictionaries to choose from, English-Greek Dictionary /A Vocabulary of the Attic Language by S. C. WOODHOUSE, M.A. (searchable)
- and An English-Greek lexicon / by G.M. Edwards., which also has an informative introductory section.
- English-Attic / English-Ancient Greek CRITICAL dictionary (Yonge 1849), searchable.
- English-Attic / English-Ancient Greek copious PHRASEOLOGICAL dictionary (Fradersdorff 1849), searchable.
- ΛΕΞΙΚΟΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΝ ἐν εἰκόσιν: Greek translation of Imaginum Vocabularium Latinum, providing neologisms.. See this thread on Textkit for details.,