Greek Geeks for Nov 30 & Dec 2

Hey Guys,

This week is going to be relatively easy.  For Tuesday, be prepared to discuss and go through the homework for ch. 18 – Present Middle/Passive Indicative.  While this chapter is easy, there are some subtleties re: Middle Voice that I alluded to the other day in class.  This has to do with the reflexive or indirect uses of the Middle.  The good news for now is that these uses are relatively rare, thus the actual occurrences of true Middle verbs.  So, it is not until pp. 228-29 that we will even deal with these.  The other good news for now is that the most frequent use of verbs in Middle form are deponent (75% of NT occurrences, in fact).  So, pay careful attention to what “deponent” actually means in ch. 18, and the lion’s share of your work simply involves memorizing a new set of verbal endings: Present Passive Indicative (P.P.I.) on p. 150; Present Middle Indicative (P.M.I.) on pp. 152-53.  The latter (P.M.I.) in this chapter being translated simply as active.

Ch. 19 will be on deck for this Thursday (Dec 2).  In my opinion, Future Active/Middle Indicative shows forth the simple elegance of the Greek language.  You will find it refreshingly accessible, but pay attention to the information in 19.5, where we find out what happens in contract verbs, as the contract vowels encounter the sigma.

As for vocabulary for Tuesday: ch. 18 vocab and Trenchard 100-95, bottom of p. 131; Thursday: ch. 19 vocab and Trenchard95-91, top of p. 132.

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One response to “Greek Geeks for Nov 30 & Dec 2

  1. I HATE it when contract vowels encounter the sigma.

    :^)

    Matt B.

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