- Hardcover: 784 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised ed. edition (January 1956)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674362500
- ISBN-13: 978-0674362505
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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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.
1. One of my students bought a paperback of this book (2010, Benediction Classics). There is a serious problem with it. This is a reprint of the _first_ edition of Smyth, copyright 1905. The _standard_ edition, and the one that every Greek commentary in the world will refer to, is a later edition (copyright 1920, revised by Gordon Messing in 1956). You might think that this would not matter, but it does: not only is the pagination different, but the reference numbers have all changed in the later, standard edition. So my poor student reads in his commentary that a concept is explained at Smyth paragraph 256, goes there and discovers that _his_ paragraph 256 has nothing to do with that grammatical problem.
My guess is that the publisher of this book found a copy of the first edition, realized that the copyright had run out, and slapped together a cheap reprint. It's not worth your $29. Buy the later edition from Harvard U. Press, and you'll be on the same page as the rest of the Greek-reading world.
2. On the NEW paperback by Martino Press (2014):
We seem to be in murky waters.
From what others have said, the Martino edition is an exact facsimile of the Harvard U. Press edition, first produced by H. W. Smyth, updated in 1956 by Gordon Messing. So in terms of quality, this book is what you want.
The question I have regards copyright. Harvard owns the copyright to Messing's updates of Smyth's 1920 edition - so how is it that Martino Press is publishing this book?Read more ›
But the reason I am writing this review is not only to heartily second Prof. Ormand, but also to protest several levels of fraud here. First, there is the fraud being perpetrated by Benediction Classics---I shall henceforth think of them as Malediction Classics. As you can see from the photo, the front cover simply states "Greek Grammar. Herbert Weir Smyth"---with no hint that this is not the Smyth "Greek Grammar" one should be getting. But it gets worse. If you inspect the copyright page, you will find...precisely nothing. Indeed, nowhere in the entire Malediction edition is there the slightest hint that this is not, in fact, Smyth's "Greek Grammar" as we have come to know and love it. This strongly suggests intentional deception.
But the next levels of fraudulence are the work of Amazon, I'm sorry to say---though perhaps not fully intentional fraudulence. First, there is the fact that if you enter "Herbert Weir Smyth Greek Grammar" this "Benediction" edition is the first thing to pop up.Read more ›
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This is the classic reference; unlike the one with the plain blue cover, it's a reprint of the second edition (rather than the first) and contains the proper numbering.Published 4 months ago by Jen J.
My Greek teacher highly recommended it. What you can learn from this book is not just "grammar".Published 15 months ago by yingchaozhu
This book was published in 1918, yet it could have been published yesterday. I have used quite a few Ancient Greek textbooks in the last few years, and this is the "key" that... Read morePublished 16 months ago by mousebelt
A classic by Professor Smyth--don't leave home without it!Published 16 months ago by Classical_Bookman