>>54257 I'm not an expert, I only have highschool knowledge of ancient Greek (which is a good overview). Well it's the same language. This is isn't some kind of nationalistic fervour; Greek never stopped being spoken. It just evolved over some 2 millenia. So yeah it has changed in some regards, but the core (vocabulary) remains largely the same.
>>54257 It's quite different, but not alien (of course I am talking about the written form). You can understand what the text says most of the time by knowig only a few basic key stuff. Hellenistic Greek on the other hand (New Testament Greek for example) is like just a dialect of Modern. And Homeric Greek is pretty hard to understand.
>>54992 Homeric sentences seem simpler so far as I've been seeing, yet they're so much more difficult to understand their meaning. I could be wrong though, I've only been doing this for a couple of months and I'm not so good with grammar
Anywho, I'm a Classics major who studied ancient Greek and Latin at university for 3 years, graduated this past spring, Greek is great fun. Not as complex as people think at all.
>>55150 It's in verse so the sentences aren't that long. You want some long, periodic sentences you read history or something. Platonic dialogues vacillate between short conversational bits and long exposition.
I found learning Latin at the same time as Greek a real benefit. As they're both old Indo-European languages they have a lot in common, and Latin is easier at first because you already know so much vocabulary.
>>55431 When I was in school the book we used had occasional passages from Homer. In third year, advanced course (reading course) we read selections from the Iliad. Probably got through about 40% of it, skipping through shit like the catalogue of ships, etc. Some books we'd read in their entirety, others just segments. Same with Latin - one semester poetry, and the other was prose. First and second years just textbook stuff.
I'm doing the Classics as well but in the states. First year. I'm enjoying Greek but we don't get Latin and the kids who already studied Latin have a clear advantage which is bullshit and it pisses me off because this college used to teach Latin along with the Greek, but now they do two years of French instead for some fucking reason.
>>55678 Read up on the history of Greek/Indo-European for interesting stuff/good mnemonics for weird declensions. PIE had 8 cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, vocative, locative, instrumental); in Latin the locative/instrumental were absorbed by the ablative, and in Greek the locative/instrumental went with the dative, and the ablative went with the genitive. That's why in Greek you get genitive of separation, of comparison, genitive absolute, etc., whereas in Latin you get ablative absolute. And why Greek has dative of means, etc.
>>56022 You also make cool connections. Like how an epenthetic beta would be inserted between a bilabial nasal and a trill to ease pronunciation, but disappeared word-initially, obscuring some words' relations e.g. the stem "mrot" (death, like Latin mortis) ended up as "mbrot", so "brotos" meant "mortal", whereas "a-mbrosia" (the a- meant "un-") was literally "immortality, deathlessness", where we get Ambrosia, food of the gods.
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