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by Robert Emil Berge
November 30th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Is learning accents really important?
Replies: 15
Views: 5062

Re: Is learning accents really important?

It seems like such a huge waste of little grey cells. I think this is the most crucial point here. Compared to the rest of the effort of learning Greek, the effort of understanding how the accents work is almost non-existing. They didn't put them into writing in the beginning because the people who...
by Robert Emil Berge
September 30th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Greek Texts
Topic: ήμει̑ν
Replies: 4
Views: 2896

Re: ήμει̑ν

Yes, this is a very common way to write ἡμῖν in papyri (and manuscripts it seems), and it's not strange since ει and ι had the same pronunciation. Greek orthography was not as fixed as it can seem in modern editions, and the same word could be written differently from manuscript to manuscript, and e...
by Robert Emil Berge
August 3rd, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Using το to set off a quotation?
Replies: 17
Views: 5759

Re: Using το to set off a quotation?

It can be of any case according to how it fits in the sentence. Here's an example of genitive from LSJ:
ἡ δόξα . . περὶ τοῦ οὕστινας δεῖ ἄρχειν the opinion about the question 'who ought to rule'
by Robert Emil Berge
July 14th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Idiomatic Use of εστιν?
Replies: 3
Views: 1239

Re: Idiomatic Use of εστιν?

It's also possible to take ὑμῶν here as an objective genitive with διδάσκολος. That's what I thought too, if that gives "your teacher". The most litetal translation would then be: "for your teacher is one". No "have" involved. That would need a dative I think, and then the definite article would be...
by Robert Emil Berge
June 23rd, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Matthew 12:40
Replies: 6
Views: 2118

Re: Matthew 12:40

Even if you read οὕτως inferentially, which I see no reason to do, there is nothing here which leads to "for the *same* reason". What would that reason be, which would be the answer to both "why did Jona spend three days in the whale?" and "why did Jesus spend three days in the heart of the Earth?"....
by Robert Emil Berge
May 24th, 2017, 5:44 am
Forum: Other Greek Texts
Topic: φιληδείμονα Cicero Atticus 12.6
Replies: 4
Views: 2542

Re: φιληδείμονα Cicero Atticus 12.6

I don't have a new critical edition here, but I guess your quote is from Perseus, which is from the L. C. Purser edition from 1893. The Loeb edition from 1912 and the Winsteadt edition from 1928 both have φιλειδήμονα. None of the editions have any apparatus, so I don't know where φιληδείμονα came fr...
by Robert Emil Berge
May 23rd, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Other Greek Texts
Topic: φιληδείμονα Cicero Atticus 12.6
Replies: 4
Views: 2542

Re: φιληδείμονα Cicero Atticus 12.6

LSJ refers to this passage for the word φιλειδήμων "fond of learning".
by Robert Emil Berge
May 15th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Other Greek Texts
Topic: Euripides Iphigenia Aulidensis 1125-26
Replies: 2
Views: 1840

Re: Euripides Iphigenia Aulidensis 1125-26

Perhaps this from LSJ under παρά helps:
F. πάρα (with anastrophe) stands for πάρεστι and πάρεισι
by Robert Emil Berge
May 12th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Introduction to tense and aspect
Replies: 13
Views: 5075

Re: Introduction to tense and aspect

I second MAubrey's suggestion. This is the best source I have seen for understanding how the Greek verbs work. It is systematic and clear about a topic which seems to be chaotic without any order to it. If you haven't yet learned about all the verb forms in whatever beginner's course you use, I woul...
by Robert Emil Berge
April 24th, 2017, 11:50 am
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Restrictive Adjectives
Replies: 46
Views: 11394

Re: Restrictive Adjectives

Both the first and third can be translated "the wicked man", the other two can't. The second is a bit strange but if I ever see such a construction I'll probably translate it as "the wicked one is the man". The last one would be "the man is wicked". I have never had the impression that the third way...

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