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Day: June 5, 2017

Why didn’t the Byzantine Empire have ethnic conflicts like the Ottoman Empire did?

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Posted in categories: History, Mediaeval Greek

Do read this in conjunction with: Stefan Hill’s answer to Why didn’t the Byzantine Empire have ethnic conflicts like the Ottoman Empire did? Ethnicity was not important in the Medieval world. Common people did not have to communicate with the state. They were supposted to work and pay taxes. The best they could hope for […]

Why are unicode characters outside the BMP called astral?

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Posted in categories: Other Languages, Writing Systems

Thank you for the A2A, Jelle Zijlstra, and why do I suspect that you’ve read my page Astral Planes? There’s 17 * 65536 characters in Unicode. Each 65536 characters is called a Plane. The first plane, the BMP, is the plane that most characters you will ever encounter are in. Only two other planes are […]

What is the word on Wonder woman’s shield?

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Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Linguistics

Wonder Woman’s Shield says that the quote OP gives is on the shield. However, The Badass Quote That’s Engraved On Wonder Woman’s Sword says that it is on her sword: In the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual” (via Digital Spy), it’s revealed that director Zack Snyder wanted inscriptions on the sword and […]

What does Archaiomelesidonophrunicherata mean?

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Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Literature

https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=SYkS-Vj-g3wC&pg=PA353&lpg=PA353&dq=Archaiomelesidonophrunicherata&source=bl&ots=3zo-hj2vo_&sig=97J1-BT8D-UNebTujARTq3xXhNU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0A_5VLPQFoSf8QXG8IJI&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Archaiomelesidonophrunicherata&f=false My thanks to Konstantinos Konstantinides for doing the back research. The word is real, and it’s not mangled much: it should be –melisi– It’s another coinage by Aristophanes, from Wasps 220: ἀρχαιομελισιδωνοφρυνιχήρατα. Aristophanes, Wasps, line 183 ὡς ἀπὸ μέσων νυκτῶν γε παρακαλοῦσ’ ἀεί,λύχνους ἔχοντες καὶ μινυρίζοντες μέληἀρχαιομελισιδωνοφρυνιχήρατα,οἷς ἐκκαλοῦνται τοῦτον. They arrive here, carrying lanterns […]

In Ancient Greek, does the middle voice of φιλέω (φιλέομαι) mean “I love in my own interest,” “I love myself,” (reflexive) or “I am loved” (passive)?

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Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Linguistics

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0029:card=976&highlight=filou%3Dmai I’m going to do some backgrounding on this for people not blessed enough to have delved in the waters of Greek. English makes a distinction between active and passive voices of a verb. Homeric Greek made a distinction between active and middle voices of a verb. It distinguished between you actively doing something to […]

Can you write an English sentence, phonetically, in another script without changing the language?

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Posted in categories: English, Linguistics

Having read James Garry’s answer to Can you write an English sentence, phonetically, in another script without changing the language? Όου Γκουντ Λορντ. Μάι μπρέιν ιζ χέρτιγκ του. Δε πέιν, δε πέιν… … Χαγκ ον, James Garry, γιου ρόουτ Ένσιεντ Γκρικ, νοτ Μόντερν. Οκέι. Λετ μι όφερ μάι ατέμτ. I’m pretty sure Ancient Greek rendered […]

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