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13497986 No.13497986 [Reply] [Original]

realistically, how long would it take for a nitwit like me to be able to read Homer in his native Greek?

>> No.13497989

Realistically, never.

>> No.13498007

Greek is a very difficult language. Have you even read Homer in English so that you could decide whether it's worth the effort?

>> No.13498010

yeah I'm already a big fan of Homer in English

>> No.13498015

if this guy can so can he:

>> No.13498018

Then go make an attempt. Try Pharr's Homeric Greek. Most books will start you with Attic and thus you won't be able to transition to the Homeric dialect until later.

>> No.13498024

>The ancient world equivalent of vidya

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>> No.13498189

I'd estimate around 7 to 10 years desu. Attic dialect should take you 5 years at least so add another 2 to 5 years to learn the Homeric dialect alone just to be safe. It could take even more or much less depending on how good you are at learning languages.

>> No.13498206

Ignore this poster, it only takes that long if you pick the wrong dialect and then move through it slowly.

>> No.13498220

I'm just assuming OP is really a nitwit who wants to learn Homeric dialect as a side project. He could learn much faster if he's very intelligent and spends 5 hours a day studying but is that realistic?

>> No.13498288

A year of actual learning.

>> No.13498298

you mean like learning the language and then reading it? why not just translate it word for word, that would be a lot quicker.

>> No.13498360

You're assuming he should learn Attic first, which is more nitwit than OP and unlikely to help him.

>> No.13498623

5 year if you learn modern greek first. If you speak latin 3-4 years, otherwise 7.

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