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Recitation of the Iliad

I'm a beginner in Ancient Greek trying to learn about pronouciation. I'm particularly interested in Homer's Iliad. I'm aware that this is a controversial topic, to put it mildly, so I don't expect ...
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Why could initial iota not create diphthongs?

In all the textbooks I have seen, the list of Ancient Greek diphthongs are more or less the following: αι: /ai̯/ ᾳ: /aːi̯/ αυ: /au̯/ ᾱυ /aːu̯/ ει: /ei̯/ > /eː/ ῃ: /ɛːi̯/ ευ: /eu̯/ ηυ: /ɛːu̯/...
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What happened to the expected -ε- thematic vowel in present active indicative 1 p sg and 3 p pl?

I am trying to understand how Greek verbs are formed, having just begun learning their formation in present active indicative. The model verb used is λύω, which I understand to be formed as such: ...
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Compensative lengthening of ε and ο to η and ω in Homeric Greek

In the grammar section of Pharr and Wright’s Homeric Greek section 601, the following is stated: The loss of one or more consonants in a word usually occasions the lengthening of the preceding vowel. ...
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Syllable and mora count for long vowel with iota subscript?

Introduction I have begun learning Ancient Greek with the revised edition of Clyde Pharr’s work. Some of the case endings are (as expected) slightly different than what I have seen to be the case in ...
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