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Michael Barkas


I provide assistance in linguistic, literary topics of Greek and Latin covering, thus, the following fields: translation, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etymology, morphology, semantics and interpretations etc.

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Studies: University of the Aegean, Dept Rhodes Friedrich Wilhelm Universitšt Bonn


Magister Artium (Archeology/Linguistics) Bachelor (Latin/English/Greek)

What do you like about this subject?

The range of available sources; the never-ending and inspiring ancient texts.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

We use language mostly out of convention and not out of our awareness of the language code itself. Models affect our speech; television, fashion, magazines, street language, daily life etc. which is the "worst" part of a language, considered that we count on education today. Elegance, eloquence and verbal harmony are well hidden in texts of recognised authors, which should be consulted at times.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There are no dead languages as they say; only people who will soon be dead without even noticing what they have missed in learning. The past is never dead. It keeps teaching us; and we really do want to learn from it.

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Recent Answers from Michael Barkas

2017-01-06 Biblical question:

Hello Ivy,    your point becomes clearer to me now. The "veil" idea is, of course, a cultural element because having your head covered those times must have implied directly - and in that context - the

2017-01-05 verbs turned to nouns:

Hello Ivy,    your example is actually not representative of the word formation you describe. It is "covering" that comes from "cover" and not vice-versa. Examples of the so-called denominal and deadjectival

2017-01-02 Alchemy:

Hi Jim,  thank you for your question. For this you need a specialist in palaeography, which I am unfortunately not. It looks like it describes the parts of a mechanism, but these might also be invented

2016-10-06 Doric Greek Translation For Spartan:

Hi Gabe,    Λακεδαιμόνιος is a standard word for Spartan. The word Σπαρτιάτης (Spartan)

2016-09-06 How to write "never give up" in doric greek:

Hello Rene,    the text is in:     UPPERCASE (original): ΜΗΠΟΘΥΠΕΙΚΕ  lowercase (Alexandrine): μήποθ΄ ὕπε


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