Has anyone ever argued, more or less, that Aristotle's famous theory of tragedy in Poetics is severely flawed? That he totally or largely failed to understand the tragic poetry of his own culture? [more inside]
I've always wanted to become intimately acquainted with the Greek tragedies, but there's a huge part of me that says, "If you're not going to learn Greek, what's the point?" So, are there translations that truly do justice to the source material? Perhaps more to the point, are there longstanding translations which have themselves become more or less a part of the Western canon? If so, can someone recommend any particular editions? I'm particularly interested in Antigone, The Bacchae, and The Oresteia. And finally, does anyone have experience learning Classical Greek later in life for the purpose of reading the plays and epics? Was it worthwhile?
Colby Keller is wearing a really great tshirt here, with a printed design of Greek red-figure vase painting. I want one. Can you help me track it down?
I am looking for suggestions for poems that would be appropriate to teach to 14 yo students that have some relationship to either Antigone or the world of Greek mythology. [more inside]
We are painting a 40-foot mural for a children's swimming pool. It will (sort of inevitably) include Atlantis themes, and we want to include a little joke in the form of an Ancient Greek inscription that says something like "always blow your bubbles" (something the instructors are always telling the little kids as part of their swimming instruction). Can you help translate this into the correct glyphs? Would be nice if it could avoid being translatable as "never stop farting" but one cannot have everything, I know ;)
I am CRAZY FOR GYROS. I crave a delicious, warm, foil-wrapped Greek gyros sandwich every single day and I never, ever tire of them. The place near me just closed. There's only shawarma in lavash now. It's not the same thing. As you can imagine, I am pissed. So I have decided to just become a subsistence carver. Can anyone help me build a PERSONAL GYROS RIG, and go beyond bland store-bought frozen slices into the third dimension of flavor? [more inside]
Last time I want to the Greek Theater in LA parking was not so fun. What might be the options? [more inside]
Sometime in the last several months I found a post on a site I'd never been to before that shared a word made up by the author. [more inside]
I'm looking for a Greek or Latin name that basically means holy/sacred/important/influential book/writing/teaching. Something grandiose. [more inside]
If it means "the love of knowledge," as it is commonly given in dictionaries, why isn't it "sophophilia" on the analogy of Anglophilia, necrophilia, bibliophilia, etc? [more inside]
Are there any good discussion boards or email lists for an amateur ancient history enthusiast? [more inside]
I'm trying to replicate Fage greek yogurt at home but I'm having trouble finding a yogurt starter with this exact mix of bacteria: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei. Can anyone suggest a source?
My (Greek Orthodox) aunt gave my mom this bracelet to give to me. It is one of those anti-"Evil Eye" bracelets. Attached to each end of the bracelet is this coin-like thing. I am having a hard time deciphering what is pictured on the coin and what it symbolizes. Any knowledgeable folks know more than Google about this? [more inside]
A headshot was recently taken of me by a friend, in front of an orange brick wall with a repeating interlocking Greek meander pattern (here is an example). I love the photo: finally, I look capable and presentable. But... does that pattern look too much like the Nazi cross? Should I try to get a new background? [more inside]
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]
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!
I'm looking for a textual version of a2 + b2 = c2 that is as old as possible, among all the Greek sources. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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.
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)?
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]
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!
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!
How can I clone the seasonings from Symeon's restaurant in New York? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
I need a tried, tested, and true recipe for making proper, dry, flaky sesame halva. [more inside]
Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
What is this Greek pendant? [more inside]
help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
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.
I need your yia-yia's spanakopita recipe. [more inside]
Does a Greek affiliation really help in the real world? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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?
Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
Ingredient ratio question... [more inside]
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?
Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
Hey MeFites: I'm studying Latin and Greek at a university and starting to feel overwhelmed. Help me study more effectively! [more inside]
Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
I'm looking for some good Greek music. (Please assume I know nothing.) Current pop or dance music, or anything fun, really. [more inside]
Where can I get a pet ID tag engraved with a Greek girls' name? [more inside]