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 -
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 -
I'm looking for a textual version of a2
that is as old as possible, among all the Greek sources. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss
on May 12, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I need a tried, tested, and true recipe for making proper, dry, flaky sesame halva. [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Feb 18, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -