A self-contained introduction to classical Greek, these volumes offer substantial readings, lessons, and vocabulary. A discussion of the conceptual structure of the Greek verb allows for the early consideration of passages that go beyond simple narration of fact to display the grammatical means of expressing the speaker’s speculations and feelings.
This Introduction to Ancient Greek is a remarkable work. It will certainly accomplish what ordinary Greek primers do-and then go far beyond. As a Greek primer, it combines the necessary rote learning with rational rules for the formation of words and the composition of sentences, in such a way that students may often infer facts that they would be likely to forget. Together with enticing, well-annotated Greek selections, an interesting vocabulary, and helpful appendices, students are empowered to read real Greek very soon.
Meanwhile the Introduction goes beyond this preliminary task of Greek competence to encourage reflection on language. It accomplishes this thinking by means of a thoughtful reworking of the traditional grammatical categories; thus it encourages such questions as; How do Greek linguistic structures differ from English ones, and with what effect on the conveyance of meaning? How, more generally, are the formalisms of language related to the expression of meaning, and how, in turn, is expressible meaning related to internal thinking?
The Introduction will work both for a student's self-study and for the classroom. The single learner, who wants to acquire Greek for its intelligent beauty and for access to its incomparable texts, will find copious help, while the classroom teacher will possess a tool for turning a weary slog into a vivid experience. -- Eva Brann, St. John's College, Annapolis
Series: An Introduction to Ancient Greek
Number Of Pages: 538
Published: 31st July 2017
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.1 x 21.8 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.53
Edition Number: 4