Greek1001_Part_1 - General Introduction Fifth century...

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3 General Introduction Fifth century Greeks wrote in CAPITAL LETTERS, with NOGAPSBETWEENWORDS, with no accents and no breathing marks and virtually no punctuation. All of these conventions sprang up later, some very much later. Consequently the act of reading required a high level of concentration and a high degree of literacy. Try it in English on this fragment of Plato’s Apology . HOWYOUMENOFATHENSHAVEBEENAFFECTEDBY MYACCUSERSIDONOTKNOWBUTIFORMYPARTAL MOSTFORGOTMYOWNIDENTITYSOPERSUASIVEL YDIDTHEYTALKANDYETTHEREISHARDLYAWORD OFTRUTHINWHATTHEYHAVESAIDBUTIWASMOST AMAZEDBYONEOFTHEMANYLIESTHATTHEYTOLD WHENTHEYSAIDTHATYOUMUSTBEONYOURGUAR DNOTTOBEDECEIVEDBYMEBECAUSEIWASACLEV ERSPEAKER Now, look at it in Greek. ?I39+;K9+3ES!;)C+E!1/S;!3?3A+A?; 1!I+KA?IS;+9S;5!I/’?CS;?K5?3)!+ ’S)?K;5!3!KI?EKA!KIS;?73’?K+9!KI? K+A+7!1?9/;?KISA31!;SE+7+’?;5!3 I?3!7/1+EK+SE+A?E+3A+3;?K)+;+3A/5 !E3;9!73EI!)+!KIS;+;+1!K9!E!IS;A ?77S;S;+Q+KE!;I?I?KI?+;S3+7+’?; SEOC/K9!E+K7!#+3E1!3;/KA+9?K+=!A !I/1/I+SE)+3;?K?;I?E7+’+
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