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Is this the correct way to write the Socratic quote??
by Guest User - Monday, 4 June 2007, 05:31 PM
 
"Hen oida hoti ouden oida".

Is this image the correct way to write it?
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/6018/henoida2pa3.jpg
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Re: Is this the correct way to write the Socratic quote??
by Greg Brush - Monday, 4 June 2007, 07:18 PM
  Yes, this is way it's normally printed in Western texts of Classical Greek.

After the conquests of Alexander (ca. 300BC), the polytonic system of accents was developed in Alexandria (Egypt) to indicate to non-natives how to correctly pronounce Classical Greek. Greece continued to use this polytonic writing system until about 30 years ago, so your graphic shows the standard way it was printed during that era.

The orthographic reform of about thirty years ago replaced this Alexandrian polytonic system with the current Modern monotonic system, so it's now printed in Modern Greek as:
Εν οίδα ότι ουδέν οίδα.

Regards,
Greg Brush
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Re: Is this the correct way to write the Socratic quote??
by Andreas Leitgeb - Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 09:47 AM
  Although it wasn't asked for originally, it would be nice if a translation could also be given... smile
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(editing my article now)
ok, I found it already... "I know that I know nothing" ...
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Re: Is this the correct way to write the Socratic quote??
by Guest User - Wednesday, 6 June 2007, 02:22 PM
  I would say: "All I know is that I know nothing"...
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Just wondering...
by Guest User - Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 08:21 PM
  Why an accute accent on the "εν" here instead of a grave?
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Re: Is this the correct way to write the Socratic quote??
by Guest User - Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 08:02 AM
  thanks for share the Socratic quote, I was trying many times to find it on the internet.

Can I ask you something? can you please write this quote I found interesting into Greek language? the quote is:

"I know means I believe"

thanks!