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Translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" - simple, readable prose?

Which of the dozens of English translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" is best for younger readers prioritizing beautiful, readable, lyrical and contemporary wording? Not looking for "... For Dummies"-level; just trying to avoid the KJB-style "thines" and "mayests" and so on. Willing to sacrifice textual fidelity for the most readable, accessible prose. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 9, 2014 - 10 answers

What's this Greek song?

Asking for my ukulele teacher: This is, apparently, the favorite song of a Greek lady living in a nursing home he works with. He'd like to sing the whole song with her, but does not know the name, lyrics or even the whole melody, apart from a few parts that she sang for him (and the melody might not be 100% accurate). Here's an approximation on soundcloud. Apparently, the song is about riding the train and/or the bus. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Thanks!
posted by Skybly on Jun 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Pythagorean Theorem in the original Greek

I'm looking for a textual version of a2 + b2 = c2 that is as old as possible, among all the Greek sources. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me dress my quinoa salad

I made a greek-inspired quinoa salad with red quinoa, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, parsley, and red onion. Help me give it a dressing or a sauce! [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on May 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Looking for bifteki (hamburger) and other Greek recipes

My fiancee and I recently returned from a vacation in Greece. We thoroughly enjoyed the food in Greece. We want to recreate some of the dishes we enjoyed. In particular, I want to know how to make "bifteki", the small hamburger patties served with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki. The few recipes I find on Google seem too simple to believe. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Sep 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you read and translate the Greek (?) text on these caps?

What does the text say on these pink bottle caps (image 1, image 2)? As I'm told, these were sold as inexpensive caps at a brew-your-own beer supply store in Texas. I'm guessing the text is Greek, but I'm just guessing. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

ISO creamy Greek salad dressing

I'm looking for a tried-and-true recipe for creamy Greek salad dressing. When I lived in the Boston area, the Greek salads I got from my neighborhood Greektalian pizza places (like Aram's #2), as well as from the small local pizza chain Upper Crust, came with a wonderful creamy, tangy dressing. Here in California and everywhere else in the country as far as I can tell, Greek salads come with a vinaigrette-type dressing, and searching for Greek salad dressing recipes returns nothing but vinaigrettes as well. I've spent some time experimenting with ingredients, but I'm hoping someone here is familiar with this type of dressing and has a good, tried-and-true recipe. Are you? Do you? I'm looking for recipes only, please, not suggestions for what might be in the dressing.
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Classics online education

Is there any university (based anywhere in the world, operating in any language) that offers a completely online B.A. program in classics (or specifically in Latin or Greek)?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 answers

What's this lovely Greek song?

Can anyone identify this song? I’ve been told it’s sung by Nana Mouskouri and written by Mikis Theodorakis, but I don’t know the name or source. (There is a few seconds of silence at the beginning) [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jul 5, 2013 - 8 answers

It's permanent, so it better be accurate!

I'm looking to get a tattoo I've wanted for years - "this too shall pass", but specifically in Ancient Greek. It's very important to me that it's Ancient, not modern. Where/how would I go about finding an accurate translation? How can I verify that it *is* in fact ancient? Many thanks in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jun 7, 2013 - 11 answers

List of simple word roots

I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology. Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for. I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great. Here is one use case: Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.) All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How to clone Symeon's seasoning?

How can I clone the seasonings from Symeon's restaurant in New York? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on May 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Count no man happy until he is dead

When I was a beginning Greek student, I translated something, I believe in Plato, about the man who led the happiest life. What was this parable? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on May 7, 2013 - 7 answers

What is this myth I'm misremembering?

Is it Hercules? Ulysses? Odysseus or some other old mythic dude? What's the myth where he (whoever he is) has to fight a terrible creature, and it keeps changing shape. The key to triumph has something to do with the fact that he's strong enough (physically or mentally) to hold on through all these changes? Is this ringing a bell? What myth am I misremembering?
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How to find creative fonts in other languages? Greek and Hebrew?

Are there FontSquirrel and DaFont equivalents for the Greek and Hebrew language? I'm looking for some creative Greek fonts in particular, so, where do I find the Greek equivalent of "Bleeding Cowboys" for example? [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Apr 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I make dry, flaky halva at home?

I need a tried, tested, and true recipe for making proper, dry, flaky sesame halva. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Greek Mythology Reading Recommendations

Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Nov 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Help clue me in on the meaning/significance of this souvenir.

What is this Greek pendant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

i'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours

help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking to figure out literary influences.

I just read the letter Ted Turner received after his father found out that Ted was now studying Classics at university. Passionately written. My question, what was Ted Turner's father reading that would make him write like that? What authors influenced this urgent writing style? I want to read more like it.
posted by leftoverboy on Jul 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Hoping for the Hopa

I need your yia-yia's spanakopita recipe. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jul 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Is pledging really an advantage?

Does a Greek affiliation really help in the real world? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Jun 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Forgotten sculptural terminology with no relief in sight.

I had a Humanities teacher in High School many, many years ago who, in the course of a lesson, introduced a word that I cannot remember. This word described the act of leaving the lower parts of a highly placed relief carving unfinished, as no one would see the work. [more inside]
posted by patrick rhett on May 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Will there be a run on Greek banks and if so what would that mean?

How likely is a run on Greek banks? What would the short to medium term effect of a run be on Greek businesses? Would it effect different types of businesses differently?
posted by digitalprimate on May 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Ti Kanies?

greek filter! Some girls said "poli kalo avto" in my direction and giggled when I walked by today. I know it's lame, but i'm a bit curious about what it means.
posted by bruinbruin on Apr 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me learn a very selective slice of Greek and Latin words.

Is there a resource where I can learn about the Greek and Latin words that commonly underlie words and names in English? I don't want to learn Greek or Latin, I'm talking about only the words which are commonly useful as 'clues'. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Greek to me

Greek scholars: If an epithalamium is a poem "upon a bedchamber" what would a poem "upon wine" be? An epoinon (ἐποἶνον)? An epoinion (ἐποἶνιον)? An epoinios (ἐποἶνιος)? And how would you Latinize in a manner historically and stylistically concurrent to that of "epithalamium"? Has no Greek poet ever written a poem "upon wine" before?
posted by punkbitch on Feb 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Name that Latin/Italian/Greek/English poem! About death!

Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

So many variations of vanilla...

Ingredient ratio question... [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Dec 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Tentura in Los Angeles?

I'm looking for a Greek liqueur called 'tentura' in Los Angeles, CA, USA. The usual big box alcohol vendors don't seem to have it, and a few Greek specialty shops didn't either. Anyone know of a source?
posted by felix on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Source this myth!

Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

How to study Latin and Greek more effectively?

Hey MeFites: I'm studying Latin and Greek at a university and starting to feel overwhelmed. Help me study more effectively! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Why is politics a noble profession ?

Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Great Greek music?

I'm looking for some good Greek music. (Please assume I know nothing.) Current pop or dance music, or anything fun, really. [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Jun 11, 2011 - 9 answers

A Dog Tag in Greek Characters

Where can I get a pet ID tag engraved with a Greek girls' name? [more inside]
posted by Yakuman on Jan 28, 2011 - 6 answers

What are some easy alphabets to learn?

What are some alphabets or writing systems (besides Greek or Cyrillic) that are really easy for a native English speaker to learn?
posted by amfea on Dec 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Greek philosopher that hated writing?

What Greek philosopher hated writing because he believed it crippled the memory? [more inside]
posted by monguin61 on Jul 26, 2010 - 18 answers

Typing Ancient Greek without pain.

I am really tired of using using Unicode or the Microsoft Word symbol function to type in Greek, and learning the polytonic keyboard is giving me spasms. Does anyone know of a good WYSIWYG editor for Ancient Greek that includes macrons, breathing, iota subscript and accent? Something similar to this, but for Greek, would be perfect.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 25, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I be a good guest at my boyfriend's parent's house, even though we don't speak each other's language?

MuteForeignerFilter: Advice on how to behave when visiting my boyfriend's parents in Greece, with extremely minimal Greek on my part, and extremely minimal English on theirs? [more inside]
posted by Concordia on Jun 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Get Back To The Group Free Cards

English to Italian/Greek Translation [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: is there an online version with the Bekker numbers? Or at least some way to match up Bekker numbers with book/chapter numbers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

How old was Icarus?

How old was Icarus? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Greek handwriting

How can I improve my Greek handwriting? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Good ideas for a gift bucket?

Can anyone help me out with ideas for a college gift bucket? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Has there ever been a single sacred text of Hellenic Polytheism?

Is there an official bible for the Greek myths? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 13, 2010 - 25 answers

It's all Greek to me!

What is the best way to learn Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

The economics of classical entertainment

Did ancient greeks pay for their tickets to the theatre? The Romans for their seats at the Circus? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Oct 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Was my mother unknowingly referencing a 4th century argument?

Where did the phrase "I don't give one iota!" come from? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Sep 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case

Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jun 19, 2009 - 9 answers

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