A Copious Greek Grammar, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1832 - Greek language - 1199 pages

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Page xii - ... are still obliged to have recourse, in the way of explanation, to many gratuitous suppositions and unphilosophical shifts, for which grammarians have invented fine names, that serve as circumlocutions to express our ignorance of the real causes and reasons of the peculiarities which we would explain. We meet with a dative case where the laws of construction require a genitive ; and it is considered to be a sufficient account of the matter, if we say that it is per schema Colophonium. A word is...
Page lv - But they could hardly have been such at the time of these poets, who would have as little allowed themselves to employ such a mixture, as a German poet would permit himself to mingle together Lower Saxon and High German provincialisms. The language of Homer seems rather to have been the language of the lonians of that time. Of the forms...
Page xxxvii - Originally, however, there was but one common language,* and this was the Doric ; not indeed the Doric of later times, but a language spoken by the Dorians, from which were derived the jEolic and Ionic varieties, after the colonization of the coasts of Asia Minor.
Page xii - For unaccountable changes in the forms of words, metaplasmus is the panacea. It is scarcely possible to calculate the mischief, which has been done to knowledge of all kinds, by the invention of technical terms. In the first instance, they facilitate the acquisition of a science ; but afterwards they have a natural tendency to stop the progress of research and improvement ; because men are generally disposed to acquiesce in an established nomenclature, without considering the principles upon which...
Page xlii - SvafŪa^ŕTarov, таит' ovv ; yet in the same page we have /lera raŻra av. It is to be observed, in general, that the apostrophus is very frequent in Demosthenes, whose orations were written to be spoken, and a leading feature of whose style is rapidity. Upon the whole, it seems reasonable to say, respecting the prose writers, that, within certain limits, they used or neglected the...
Page 164 - Originally some adjectives had two forms, of both ot which certain cases have been retained in use ; so that the cases which are wanting in one form are supplied by those of the other. Of this kind are pťyaÁ or jueyŠAoc, and TroAvc or TToAAoc. II. From fŪsyŠAof , the feminine jueyoAĽ?
Page lv - It is divided by the grammarians into the old and new Doric dialects. In the old, the comic writer Epicharmus, and Sophron, author of the Mimes, were the principal writers. In the new, which approached nearer the softness, of the Ionic, Theocritus is the chief writer.
Page xxxviii - I st, that he is to attribute to Anacreon only the fragments which were collected by F. Ursinus, and a few additional ones; and not those poems which commonly go under his name, a few only excepted ; and that as Anacreon lived more than 100 years before Herodotus, his dialect was probably different.
Page 210 - The augment appears originally to have consisted, in 161. all cases, in the prefix e, as well in words beginning with a vowel, as in those which began with a consonant. Thus we still find in the old Ionic Poets eeX-ne-ro for (R).
Page xliv - P. 1/6. -rpirov tjfti-rd\avTov, ' two talents and a half, ie the first a talent, the second a talent, the third a half-talent. So in Latin Sestertius, two asses and a half, is shortened from Semisterlius : the first an As, the second an As, the third a half As (tertius semis). See Schweighaeuser, on Herodot. I. 50. P. 177. Dr. Burney (Monthly Review, 1799. p. 89.) thinks that these terminations in...

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