Introduction to Attic Greek

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University of California Press, 1993 - History - 425 pages
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This thorough presentation of Attic Greek assumes that college students learning the language deserve, from the beginning, full exposure to all the grammar and morphology that they will encounter in actual texts. Each of the forty-two chapters is a self-contained instructional unit, with challenging exercises carefully tailored to reflect the vocabulary and grammar learned to date. The units gradually build up the student's knowledge of declensions, tenses, and constructions by alternating emphasis on morphology and syntax. Readings become progressively more complex and, in the second half of the book, are largely based on actual texts and include unadapted passages from Xenophon, Lysias, Plato, Aristophanes, and Thucydides. Logically organized and remarkably lucid, Introduction to Attic Greek provides students with a strong grounding in the essentials of Greek grammar as well as a substantial body of vocabulary, enabling students to read, on completion of the course, a continuous text with commentary and dictionary.

Included are a concise introduction to the history of the Greek language, a composite list of verbs with principal parts, an appendix of all paradigms, Greek-English and English-Greek glossaries, and a detailed index. The book is also a useful reference work for more advanced students who discover that gaps in their knowledge of basic Greek grammar prevent accurate reading of texts.

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Years ago, my chemistry teacher said don't every buy a book called "Chemistry Made Easy", because it isn't. This goes for Ancient Greek as well. I'm saying this because I've read reviews of this book saying it's too difficult.
This book is very, very difficult, but if you really want to learn Ancient Greek, it is totally doable, and this book is terrific. There is a ton of memorization in the first bunch of chapters, but that's necessary with any language. If you just want to learn how to say a few phrases and impress people, this isn't your book. If you want to really learn Greek from the ground up and have a real understanding of how to put things together, then you would be hard pressed to find better.
I'm 8 Units in, and am really glad I made the decision to do this. The info is organized well, concise, and thorough. At first I started taking notes, but the book is so well laid out, I stopped using them. I do use self made flash cards for vocab. Excellent book. Oh, you NEED NEED NEED TO BUY THE ANSWER BOOK TO GO WITH THIS. It's not expensive and has all the answers to the drills.
 

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Donald J. Mastronarde is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of Euripides. Phoenissae (Teubner 1988) and author of The Textual Tradition of Euripides' Phoinissai (with Jan Maarten Bremer) (California 1983), and Contact and Discontinuity: Some Conventions of Speech and Action on the Greek Tragic Stage (California 1979).

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