2 notes on accents- Classical Greek

While some vowels are LONG “BY NATURE” (e.g. η, ω…), ALL DIPHTHONGS are long (e.g., ει, οι, ευ…). There are two exceptions, however, to this diphthong rule. For indicative verbs – and all nouns and infinitives – FINAL –αι and –οι were pronounced quickly by the Greeks, and so regarded as short when determining accent type and placement. Note, for example, the accents on the following verbs:

βούλομαι, δύνανται, τίθεται, τίθεσαι…

The INFINITIVE mood does not follow the recessive accentuation rules that govern all other moods of a Greek verb. It is best simply to memorize the accent tendencies for each infinitive form as they are encountered in the lessons. For infinitives ending in –ναι, for example, the accent always falls on the PENULT.

You can also read: Plato’s Apology of Socrates & English Translation [17a-25a]

If you are looking for Classical Greek courses in Manchester or online, have a look at our Study Programs

Interested in learning Modern Greek with a professional tutor/ teacher?

click here Modern Greek Language courses

to learn more about  our Greek lessons. You can choose either one on one tuition – if you live in Manchester-or online courses.

110 Comments. Leave new

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.