Four more hours of Romans today (we finished chapter one!), and another four hours of lectures tomorrow, including our first quiz. The Greek is starting to come back to me: I find myself able to follow – for the most part – what’s going on, and even ask intelligent questions on occasion.
At the moment, it’s mostly vocab that is letting me down – there are so many new words to keep on top of, and then the occasional scary rule that doesn’t make sense: eis + to + the infinitive indicates purpose… I’d completely forgotten that one!
We also had our first look at textual variants. I’ll talk some more about this in a couple of weeks, when I understand it a bit more. Fascinating stuff, but not easily explained.
…[the English scholars] thought two years sufficient to make a Grecian, and here was little Dissen of Göttingen who had spent no less than eighteen years, at sixteen hours a day, on Greek and nothing but Greek, and who said that even now he could not read Aeschylus without a dictionary.