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Greek: An Intensive Course
by Hardy Hansen
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 1995)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A DENSE introduction to Attic Greek
As a linguist, this text was very informative and written for those of us with natural talents in language...I used this text in an Elementary Classical Greek course and was very glad I was receiving formal instruction.The chapters in this book are extremely long, dense, and jam-packed, and when a new grammatical point is introduced, they throw everything about it at you (for instance the chapter on verbs throws every possible active form at you, which for those who have no training in Ancient Greek, is A LOT to digest in one chapter)The sections on vocab are great because there are informative insights into each new word.Overall a good book, but I really wouldnt recommend it for self study, as there are no answer keys to follow up the exercises.

3-0 out of 5 stars Use Mastronarde instead
The main problem with this book is the overwhelming size of the units.This not only makes it quite difficult to work through the exercises since you have to digest so much morphology to be able to do them, but it also means that by the end of the book, though you will have a good grasp of syntax and morphology, your working vocabulary will still be quite small.I also found the order in which the grammatical concepts are presented to be somewhat unnatural - the subjunctive and optative are introduced before you have a good feel for the indicative mood and its endings.The verb forms are presented in such quick succession that I ended up not feeling very comfortable with them.
On the plus side, though, the basic concepts morphology and syntax are explained very thoroughly and clearly, and the vocabulary notes (usage notes on each individual word, possible alternative meanings, idiomatic uses, etc.) were quite helpful.There were also plenty of drills and reading sentences for practice.Overall, I'd say this book might be well suited to its original purpose - a workshop setting where all of basic grammar is covered in 6 weeks - but for the general reader it is a bit too dense.For the aspiring self-taught Classicist, I'd recommend Mastronarde.I myself ended up switching over to his book after 10 units of Hansen and Quinn, and find it to be better balanced overall, with shorter, more approachable units, and better organized chapter vocabularies.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Not-For-Dummies Greek Course
I picked up this book recently with a friend with the intention of learning Attic Greek. We are both Latin students, and having heard many good things about this book, we decided to try it.

After just a few weeks of work, I can already see the difference between this text and others: this book assumes that the reader is capable of understanding a language vastly more complicated than English. Having a strong background in Latin and an open mind definitely helps, though; I don't suggest using this text if you lack either of these qualities.

However, if you are planning to work alone, this may not be the best option: the title does not lie when it reads "Intensive." I know that working with a friend has helped me so far, and I can only imagine how much help a qualified instructor would be.

After the first few units, I was already finding myself reading and understanding parts of Plato's Republic and other authentic Greek texts.

Either way, I highly recommend this series over the other Greek texts out there, and i hope you pick this one up. ... Read more

Isbn: 0823216632
Sales Rank: 98734
Subjects:  1. Ancient Languages - Classical Greek    2. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    3. Foreign Language Study    4. Greek (Modern)    5. Language   


$37.50

Greek Grammar
by Herbert W. Smyth
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 June, 1983)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best Greek grammar
I am sad to say that I never bought this Grammar during my four years of studying Classics while in college.If I had been smart and actually bought this when I started I could have saved myself a lot of time and prevented a lot of headaches.Now I know that Smythe is old, and some of his approaches are outdated, but that does not mean his grammar book is still effective.His work on both prepositions and moods of verbs are the best I have found and have helped me tremendously.There are some scholars who have surpassed Smythe's work in other areas of Greek grammar and syntax, but as far as a basic and comprehensive grammar goes, Smythe is still the best for your both your wallet and your studies.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best for all pre-modern Greek except Hellenistic.
This is an excellent reference book! It has passed the test of heavy usage, and it has outlasted many academic fads.

Smyth does a thorough yet concise job on the known varieties of written Greek usage from the Homeric epics up to the beginning of the Hellenistic period .

Smyth does not cover Hellenistic (Koiné) Greek as much, especially not for texts that have Semitic or Egyptian "flavors:" the Septuagint, New Testament and Egyptian Greek papyri. For real grammars on those, look up these authors: Wallace, Dana, Mantey, Robertson, Blass, Debrunner, Funk, Conybeare, Stock and Zerwick.

Some writers in the centuries between the reigns of Augustus and Constantine, and the Byzantines afterward, tried to "return" to Classical Attic usage in writing, with mixed results. When reading them, use both Smyth and a Hellenistic/Koiné grammar together, carefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars You will thank yourself.
This specific edition of the book is a joy.The brilliant oxblood leather cover, the cream-colored pages, intoxicating in their aroma.You think I'm a fool, but this book is a dream.And as a grammar, it's indispensable. Read what the other reviewers have said, then read what I have and decide:is $30 too much to spend for such a valuable reference, and so beautiful abook besides?I think not. ... Read more

Isbn: 0674362500
Sales Rank: 9365
Subjects:  1. 1870-    2. Ancient Languages - Classical Greek    3. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    4. Grammar    5. Greek (Modern)    6. Greek language    7. Language   


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A Greek-English Lexicon
by Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, Henry Stuart Jones, Roderick McKenzie
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 July, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Big One
As an ageing student of Greek, an aged pensioner only half way through the second year of a university course in the subject,I decided to ask my wife to give me the big lexicon for Christmas. Some say it is best to wait until more advanced study is required, but waiting several years at my age is perhaps overly optimistic.Generally I find the Intermediate version very useful, and I have it sitting on top of the Big One. I am sure the large version will be of considerable use, but it won't be travelling with me. I also have the small version which fits well into my luggage.

The use of Victorian English does not worry me (we can all change "hither" and "thither" into more likely expressions), but the smallness of the print and its lack of clarity is a bit of a problem. I have decided that when I use the unabridged edition it will be in the daytime, and on sunny days at that! I am very thankful for a little magnifying set-up that I made when using Reading Greek as a textbook- very clear but very small print. My spectacles help too of course!

A CD-ROM version may be useful to some people, but I much prefer books for frequent use. The computer is in a different room from where I do my real work. I couldn't stand having one of these monstrosities looking at me as I study Greek.

So far I am very positive about the large version of the lexicon. It can hardly have five stars because it has some inadequacies, but it is better to have it than not.I might write another review in a year's time and give a revised view.


5-0 out of 5 stars This is really about a CD-Rom Version
Logos Research software has now made this edition in electronic form, all the supplements are integrated in the main text.Each time there is an abbreviation you just hover the mouse over it and the full title is put up, no more having to look in the abbriviation lists, it makes it a lot easier.This also solves the problem of small typeface, you can really see everything clearly.They have also done an electronic form of the BDAG lexicon and HALOT for the OT.So if you want to get this lexicon but the small typeface is a problem check out the electronic versions.Logos has a lot of other stuff related to Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac also, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.So check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Older Eighth Edition from the American Book Company
Just to add comment on all the discussion concerning printing.After reading the above comments, I decided to purchase an earlier edition of the Liddell & Scott via eBay.I took a risk but found that the "big" Liddell, 8th ed., published American Book Company (New York: Cincinnati: Chicago) was typeset and not the undesirable offset.At a savings of about $100, I got the best version (the big Liddell) of the best lexicon (Liddell & Scott) with the clearest printing (typeset).There is no better lexicon for pagan or sacred writings in the classical or koine Greek. ... Read more

Isbn: 0198642261
Sales Rank: 62075
Subjects:  1. Ancient Greek    2. Ancient Languages - Classical Greek    3. Dictionaries    4. English    5. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    6. Greek language    7. Language    8. Ancient (Classical) Greek    9. Bilingual dictionaries    10. Language & Linguistics   


$150.00

Complete Handbook of Greek Verbs
by N. Marinone, F. Guala
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
This little book has, time and again, proven to be a great resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Hellenist owns a copy
All I can add to what the previous reviewer had to say is thatthe abbreviations are all in Italian.The good news is thatSchoenhof's Foreign Books (located in Cambridge MA), in preparing this volume, has supplied a short preface in English along with an explanation of the abbreviations.You'll be glad to know that most are the same as in English and the text is actually very easy to use. Beware though: the type is small and quite poor in quality, but then the book is so handy and so inexpensive, I'm willing to sacrifice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Handook of Greek Verb: Handy Translation Aide
The Greek scholar will find himself greatly helped by this wonderful little book. If he is reading Socrates, and sees a verb he does not understand, he can look up the word exactly as he sees it and find thefirst principal part, mood, tense, person, number, and voice: informationnecessary for good translation. This book is very easy to use and a greathelp. Therefore, I give it five stars. ... Read more

Isbn: 0877740011
Sales Rank: 177597
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Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb
by William W. Goodwin
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
As a doctoral candidate in classical philology, I strongly urge all serious Greek students to obtain this priceless book - one of the cheapest of the essential shelf of books for the classical scholar.No work comes close.This volume makes Smyth's monumental Greek grammar look childish onthe subject of treatment of subordinate clauses in indirect discourse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it now, before it's gone
If you've gotten this far, then you know Moods and Tenses is a must-have. The question is: should I buy the William H. Allen edition now, or trust to luck in finding one in a used bookstore? The answer is: buy now. Get two. The quality of the printing, paper, and binding is first-rate. At $26, the book is severely underpriced. With the demise of classical education, it might never be this available again. ... Read more

Isbn: 0963706918
Sales Rank: 880728


A Grammar of the Homeric Dialect
by David B. Monro
Hardcover (01 January, 1993)
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Sales Rank: 1312331
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Homeric Dictionary (Paperduck)
by Georg Autenrieth, Robert Keep
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Tool for Reading Homer
Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary is an indispensible tool for reading Homer in the original. Because it focuses only on Homeric vocabulary, it is easier to use than standard lexica that include thousands of other words and later, non-Homeric meanings for Homeric words. Illustrations and detailed explanations are supplied for words describing armor and weapons and the like, which is helpful and not offered by most other lexica.Autenrieth is also more convenient than the glossaries found in beginner's texts because it allows the reader to look up words in a separate volume rather than turning to the back of the same book.

The introduction to the text claims that students should be able to read Homer with this dictionary almost twice as fast as they would with a standard lexicon.This may sound somewhat overblown, but in my experience it is true.Anyone reading a considerable amount of Homer would do well to pick up this volume and save themselves some time.

The only unfortunate thing is that this isn't available in hardcover. Why publishers increasingly fail to recognize the value of offering hardbound editions of reference works that are likely to be used often, I just don't understand. Even still, the Homeric Dictionary is worth owning if you plan to spend any serious time with Homer in Greek.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential dictionary for reading or translating Homer
This dictionary was invaluable while I was translating The Iliad. It is amazingly comprehensive, full of wonderful illustrations that accompany the definitions and includes clear instructions on how to read Homeric verse. ... Read more

Isbn: 0715617737
Sales Rank: 254371
Subjects:  1. Ancient Languages - General    2. Ancient and Classical    3. Dictionaries - General    4. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    5. Glossaries, etc    6. Glossaries, vocabularies, etc    7. Greek Literature    8. Greek language    9. Homer    10. Language    11. Literature - Classics / Criticism    12. Reference   


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Homeric Vocabularies: Greek and English Word List for the Study of Homer
by William B. Owen
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 March, 1979)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners, But Could Be Better
The greatest obstacle to reading Homer in Greek is the sheer density of the vocabulary. That is to say, Homer's vocabulary is
enormous. As an attempt to help the student of Homeric Greek acquire a good grasp on Homer's vocabulary, this little book is useful yet not as useful as it could have been.

The book contains word lists covering words that occur up to ten times in the Iliad and Odyssey. Unfortunately, there are serious faults with the word lists. As one reviewer has already mentioned, the verbs give only the present indicative active; with a verb such as audao (to speak, say, utter (something)(to someone)), this is no problem, since the verb only appears in a few tenses in which context and form always guarantee one's recognition of it. However, there are countless verbs which undergo such dramatic changes in form from one tense to the next
that knowing the present indicative active alone is well-nigh useless. Thus, principal parts should have been provided for such words.

Also, there are many words whose meaning changes from one context to the next. The definitions provided for such words in the word lists are almost useless, since they only equip the reader with an understanding of them in certain contexts.

One last criticism: There are a number of words which really do not need to be included in these word lists. Words like kai, de, and alla are so common and so basic that only the most intellectually challenged of Greek students would need to practice them.

So the book is useful for the absolute beginner in Homeric Greek, but its defects become more and more obvious the more
one progresses in one's learning. It's a shame that no one has come up with a better alternative to these word lists. Personally, I would love to see a full vocabulary guide to Homeric Greek such as one can find for the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, in which principal parts and variant meanings are included, and in which all of Homer's vocabulary is covered down to those pesky hapax legomena (words used only once).

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective
This wordlist is of inestimable value to all those few yet thrice-blessed who still learn to read Homer in Greek.By the time you finish it, you will have at least a nodding acquaintance with every word that appears ten times or more in the Iliad and Odyssey.That may indeed leave a trireme of unknown words, but trust me, knowing the most frequent ones makes it much easier to get the gist of a passage before running to the lexicon.If you are learning Homer from Pharr--as nearly everyone does--this is a good reference to consult to see which words in his chapter vocabularies are worth committing to your active memory.(I wish that Pharr had marked the words of infrequent occurrence.Wright should have done this in his "revision" but he didn't really revise Pharr much at all.)

There is only one shortcoming, though I do consider it a serious one:the list of verbs does not include principal parts, and the noun list does not give genders or stems.You could easily write in the article and genitive forms for the nouns, but good luck trying to fit the five remaining principal parts of a verb on the same line as its entry.So no matter how you solve this problem, you will still need to look up nearly every word.That's an onerous task to inflict on a beginner.With a class of students, though, I suppose the teacher could divide up the drudge-work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-do for reading Homer
If you build your vocabulary, the lexicons/dictionaries will become your friends instead of your taskmasters as you read Homer. Use this handy, helpful little gem (making your own flashcards) while you go through Pharr's primer. ... Read more

Isbn: 0806108282
Sales Rank: 268166
Subjects:  1. Ancient and Classical    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism   


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Pronunciation of Greek and Latin
by E.H. Sturtevant
Paperback (01 June, 1940)
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Isbn: 0890050872
Sales Rank: 1081472
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The Greek Particles
by J.D. Denniston
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Towering acheivement
This is a book to be regarded with awe. There is no work of scholarship that compares with it. It is testimony to what real expertise and work can acheive. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job explianing the nuancesof one of the most subtle verbal forms in language. This book is atreasure,

5-0 out of 5 stars A Towering acheivement
This is a book to be regarded with awe. There is no work of scholarship that compares with it. It is testimony to what real expertise and work can acheive. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job explianing the nuancesof one of the most subtle verbal forms in language. This book is atreasure,

5-0 out of 5 stars A Towering acheivement
This is a book to be regarded with awe. There is no work of scholarship that compares with it. It is testimony to what real expertise and work can acheive. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job explianing the nuancesof one of the most subtle verbal forms in language. This book is atreasure, ... Read more

Isbn: 0872202992
Sales Rank: 436126
Subjects:  1. Foreign Language - Dictionaries / Phrase Books    2. Greek (Modern)    3. Language    4. Language Arts & Disciplines    5. Linguistics   


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The Decipherment of Linear B (Canto)
by John Chadwick
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the decipherment story
I really liked this book as an outline of the method used to decipher the Linear B script found at Crete and a few locations on mainland Greece.The author is very well qualified to comment on the decipherment given that he was a key collaborator with Michael Ventris.I found the level of detail to be just right to show the outstanding scholarship achieved by Ventris who was a professional architect, not a Greek Classics college professor; but not so much detail as to detract from the readability of the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars AEurekamoment
Michael Ventris was an architect whose knack for languages, both oral training and excellent visual memory, provided the foundation for his avocation, decoding the Cretan script.Archaeology of the pre-hellinic age supplied the material.Among many scholars in Athens in the 1890's to see the Schliemann treasures was Arthur Evans.Based on evidence of the wealth of the civilization, Evans was led to search for prehistoric writing.In excavation at Knossos, Crete he found that the civilization was in his estimation incomparably older than that of Greece.

Early Greek was composed of Greek dialects.Evans found Minoan writing.It is now possible to see that Linear B resulted from adapting the Minoan script to Greek writing.Classical Cypriot writing was seemingly related to Linear B; but the signs can stand for different things and it was too readily assumed that Linear B followed the spelling conventions of Cypriot.Evans concluded that the Minoan language was totally different from that of Mycenaen Greek.The influence of Evans was immense.

Ventris's proof that the people of Knossos spoke Greek was electrifying.Decipherment requires adequate material. From 1950-1952 Ventris was fixated by the idea of Etruscan as the language of Linear B.The code is designed to fool the investigator in cryptography.The script derived from ancient material is only baffling by accident.The Minoan script was a case of an unknown script in an unknown language.In theory any code can be broken.The idea is to grasp the underlying pattern.Classical Greek in general is the dialect of Attica.Ventris pursued the matter by comparing similar signs and coming to the realization variances represented word endings of an inflected language.He saw some Greek solutions for names and eventually came to see a Greek solution was inevitable.Initially he did not understand how archaic the language was that he was dealing with in Linear B.

Cryptography is a science of deduction and controlled experiment.After Ventris did a radio broadcast and mentioned his supposition that the language of Linear B was Greek, the author arranged to be put into touch with Ventris.He, a specialist in Greek dialects, became convinced after a few days that the identifictions were sound.Ventris indicated he did need the assistance of a philologist.Chadwick and Ventris formed a partnership that lasted for four years.The first paper was a joint work, Ventris felt it would have more chance of being published that way, and was termed "Evidence for Greek Dialect in the Mycenaen Archive."In other words, claims of decoding the text were avoided purposely.Linear B is no Domesday Book.It does not yield riches of detail of Mycenaen life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this book very much.I recommend this book as well as the other book on the decipherment of linear b.It's an amazing story. ... Read more

Isbn: 0521398304
Sales Rank: 31736
Subjects:  1. Ancient Languages - Classical Greek    2. Bible - Language Studies    3. Classical Archaeology    4. General    5. History    6. History: World    7. Inscriptions, Linear B    8. Paleography    9. Reference    10. Religion - Biblical Studies - Language    11. Ventris, Michael    12. Ancient (Classical) Greek    13. Ancient Greece    14. Classical Greek & Roman archaeology    15. Language & Linguistics    16. Language Arts & Disciplines / General   


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The Greek Language
by Leonard R. Palmer
Paperback (01 January, 1996)
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Isbn: 0806128445
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Greek Inscriptions (Reading the Past, Vol. 5)
by B.F. Cook
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 January, 1988)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction
This book does exactly what it's supposed to, which is introduce to non-specialists the nature of Greek epigraphy.More than that though, it also serves as a nice introduction to the field for beginning students withample, clear examples of Greek inscriptions given in photographs, thentyped in Greek, and translated.The section on the Alphabet, with a tableof regional variants, is a nice touch.

The references are great startingpoints for beginning students, and the Further Reading section at the endis concise but well selected.This is a simple, straightforward text thatwill help promising scholars begin to make sense of the field whileallowing lay-people to understand the significance epigraphy has had on ourunderstanding of Greek history.

Upon finishing this text, be sure to lookinto Woodhead's "The Study of Greek Inscriptions," which theauthors, and I, recommend as "the indispensible textbook."YetWoodhead, as good as it is, has not the examples or ease of this littlepaperback. ... Read more

Isbn: 0520061136
Sales Rank: 325074
Subjects:  1. Ancient - Greece    2. Classic Art    3. Greek Language    4. History - General History    5. Inscriptions    6. Inscriptions, Greek    7. Sociology   


$11.16

The Study of Greek Inscriptions (Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture)
by A.G. Woodhead
Paperback (01 October, 1992)
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Isbn: 0806124318
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New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin
by Andrew L. Sihler
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 1995)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Strong on etymology and morphology.
This one will take you some time to chew through.What you are getting here is an extensive treatment of the derivational processes that generate Greek and Latin words.You will be wasting your time unless you bring some familiarity with current Indo-European comparative linguistics with you.

For those who have the needed background and interest, this will be a fascinating read.Especially welcome is the extensive discussion of the various changes that went into the making of Latin, where seeing the Indo-European roots behind the several words is a much more complex process, usually, than with Greek.

But for a work of such monumental learning, a bibliography would have been helpful --- even if it would have doubled the book's size, as it probably would.It would have also been nice to have at least some discussion of the comparative syntax of the two languages; while most Indo-European scholars have focused mostly on the origins of words, some of the more interesting recent work involves reconstructing the larger structures of the proto-language.

4-0 out of 5 stars A detailed reference for the serious student
First of all, don't expect this to be a "teach yourself Greek and Latin"-type book.It assumes you already know at least the fundamentals of Greek and Latin grammar (and can read the Greekalphabet).

The value of this book is in its analysis of how Greek andLatin developed from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language -- andits insights into how PIE is reconstructed.It is not for the faint ofheart -- much of the discussion is quite technical, and you'd better knowyour fricatives from your vocatives.There is a certain amount ofmore-accessible material to introduce each chapter, including anentertaining discussion of form vs. function and why the so-called"present" tense in English in fact has four functions, none ofwhich have anything to do with the here and now.

A few quibbles: itincludes indexes (by language) of words in all the languages mentioned, butno index of PIE roots.And I would have liked to have seen more detail onprepositions and suffixes.Still, for a serious student of historicallinguistics, this is a must-have.For a broader and more accessibletreatment, consider Robert Beekes's "Comparative Indo-EuropeanLinguistics".

5-0 out of 5 stars new comparative grammar of greek and latin
An excellent historical grammar both for the beginner and as a reference for the more skilled reader. Sihlers work is 100% up to date focusing much on the "laryngal-theory", and the 'dictionary' in the end isoutstanding. The only problem is the lack of bibliography. ... Read more

Isbn: 0195083458
Sales Rank: 316597
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$70.00

Companion to Homer
by Frank H. Stubbings, Alan J. Wace
Textbook Binding (January, 1963)
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Isbn: 0026222000
Sales Rank: 870290
Subjects:  1. Civilization, Homeric    2. Homerus   


Greek Dialects
by C.D. Buck
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Paperback (April, 1973)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book for Ancient Dialects
This book, originally called Introduction to the Study of the Greek Dialects, is the simplest and best book for getting into the subject.All the others, if you can find them, are large, complex, and almost always in German (or worse--Latin!).Buck (author also of the superb Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Principle Indo-European Languages, q.v.) writes in a pleasant and easy-going English all throughout.(Because he kicks it old-school...)

The book however, even though it's the fullest and most accessible one in English, is rather hard to get in the United States; but there's an exact reprint by Bristol Classical Press (ISBN 185399556-8) and you can get it quickly "dispatched" (id est, "sent") to you from amazon.co.uk.The price is fair and the overseas Royal Mail is way worth getting your hands on this very important book (which I started reading as soon as I opened it).

There are two parts to it:"Grammar of the Dialects" (Phonology, Inflections, Word-Formation, Syntax, Summaries, and Survivals; 180pp) and "Selected Inscriptions" (by region, 120pp).There're also some appendices, including a nice little glossary.

For modern Greek dialects--which are honestly much more interesting--the standard and best introductory work is N. G. Kontosopoulos (also spelled Kondosopoulos), Dialektoi kai Idiomata tis Neas Ellinikis (Dialects and Idioms of Modern Greek, 1981--ISBN 960-333-257-7), though you may have to go to Athens to get it.

Albert Thumb though, who wrote the Handbuch der griechischen Dialekte (on ancient Greek) also wrote a Handbuch der neugriechischen Volkssprache, which is excellent (though NOT for begining language-learners) and has been translated into English as Handbook of the Modern Greek Language (Library of Congress Catalogue Number 64-23434).After a Smyth-like (but not nearly so boring) description of grammar, there are a hundred pages of "folk" and "artistic" texts, with thirty pages in dialect (incl. Pontic, Magna Graecian, Cypriot, and even some Tsaconian) and a glossary.

For the ancient stuff though, go with Buck; you'll love it.
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Isbn: 0226079341
Sales Rank: 103238
Subjects:  1. Archaeology    2. Archaeology / Anthropology   


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