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Post  Nikoletta on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:54 am

Okay guys I could really use your help here. I want to get the Delphic Maxim "Never Tire of Learning" I think it's number 121. But I also want to ensure my Greek spelling is correct would some one mind telling me if this Μανθανων μη καμνε is the proper spelling for this Maxim. All help is appreciated
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Re: Getting a Greek script Tattoo

Post  Erodius on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:11 pm

Yes, except it would be written in what we would call 'all-caps' or uncial Greek.

But spellingwise, this is correct.

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Re: Getting a Greek script Tattoo

Post  Nikoletta on Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:01 pm

Okay thank you! Just wanted to double check my spelling cause I don't want something on my body permanently if it's misspelled.

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Re: Getting a Greek script Tattoo

Post  Thrasyvoulos on Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:03 pm

Nikoletta wrote:Okay thank you! Just wanted to double check my spelling cause I don't want something on my body permanently if it's misspelled.

I.didn't see any diacritical marks in the text you showed us, but I'll say it anyway, just in case. When writing uncial Greek, accents and other diacritical marks are not used.

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