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Introduction to Attic Greek Paperback – March 19, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0520078444 ISBN-10: 0520078446

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  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520078446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520078444
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a remarkably thorough textbook, offering a full presentation of the basics, and then some"--"Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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If you simply adore rules of grammar you could begin learning Greek from this book.
Colin McLarty
In fact, the explanations of very basic grammatical points are excellent and I imagine someone not acquainted with another language would do very well.
Walter M. Shandruk
Thus, this book suits not only the self-teaching amateur, but also aspiring classicists and linguistics students wishing to learn this language.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Colin McLarty on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you simply adore rules of grammar you could begin learning Greek from this book. But you will memorize 57 pages of complicated noun declensions and prepositional phrases before meeting a single Greek sentence--a one-word sentence that means "I see". Most people would do much better beginning with ATHENAZE, which has you read whole paragraphs of simple but correct Greek in a few pages. But you will eventually want to learn grammar more systematically than the immersion method of ATHENAZE allows. Mastronarde loves Greek grammar and his love is almost infectious. He does it in considerable detail from the start, and makes it all more attractive than I'd have thought possible. This book is not a reference grammar, as it does not discuss the many, many variants that actually occur. It is a terrific systematic introduction.
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134 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin A. Harrison on November 18, 2002
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I'm not sure how to answer the chap who thinks learning a language ought to be a distractingly entertaining experience. But let me try. Language learning can indeed be accompanied by merriment at times, usually during the immersion phase and often at the expense of the learner. I'm afraid we've missed that boat by a couple millennia. If the pure cerebral rush that comes with the gradual mastery of the inner logic and outer mechanics of your target language is not sufficient stimulation in itself, then the learner might be better advised to stick to Spanish, where he can start pretending to make sentences almost from the outset.
Mastronarde's presentation of Greek grammar offers a welcome alternative to the disorganized "here a bit of noun, there a bit of adverb" approach of Crosby and Schaeffer and to Hansen and Quinn's agonizingly slow paced "Intensive Course."
Mastronarde's Introduction to Greek is well organized and to the point, but asks the learner to bring either the background or the interest required to appreciate the point. After working through Mastronarde's grammar, which can be accomplished with industry in a few weeks but should at any rate be done quickly rather than slowly, the student is much better prepared for subsequent study of Attic Greek than are others who, perhaps, spent their initial efforts trying to write (or utter!) original sentences in Ancient Greek.
A word of criticism is in order, however. Mastronarde has chosen not to mark long vowels either in text or in vocabulary lists. The justification he gives is that accentuation will indicate vowel length, which in most cases it will. But in doing so, Mastronarde denies those students fortunate enough to have good visual memory retention the advantage of that gift.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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Along with its answer key (ISBN 0520201779)-- and its Electronic Workbook (ISBN 05202813) this text is particularly valuable for those of us mad enough to slog Ancient Greek on our own. One of its primary strengths lies in the clarity of its description of grammar. Mastronarde doesn't assume that you KNOW what a preposition is or a pronoun either for that matter. He provides very thorough and clear descriptions at every stage. And something you rarely see in this kind of text, he will suggest that you return to a particularly difficult stretch after moving on a few chapters--accentuation, for example. Great! He knows that some of us are human and older. Sometimes both. Also recommend the JACT (Joint Association of Classical Teachers) series--three books.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Foster VINE VOICE on July 18, 2004
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If there was ever one book that I would recommend without equivocation or doubt, it would be _Introduction to Attic Greek_ by Donald J. Mastronarde (University of California Press: Los Angeles and Berkeley, 1993). This book is 425 pp. in length and worth every bit of the price.
Out of all the introductory grammars and workbooks on either Koine or Attic Greek that I've ever read or perused, Mastronarde's book seems to be the most practical one for those who desire to be either tutored or self-taught Attic Greek.
For starters, _Introduction to Attic Greek_ has the common fare. It covers the standard nominal declensions; the present active indicative endings; the present/middle passive verbs; information about conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs, pronouns as well as tense, aspect and athematic aorists. What makes this
book different, however, is its approach to and organization of the aforesaid material. In each section of the book, helpful exercises are given to assist the student in his or her endeavors to grasp Attic Greek. The lessons are also relatively short, so most pupils should not feel overwhelmed. Many helpful paradigms are included in this publication, and can be consulted with regularity in case one is inclined to forget declensions and conjugations. Rich vocabulary lists and
English associated words are also listed so that the student progressively builds a rich vocabulary and increases the pace and accuracy of his or her reading.
But Mastronarde is not content to simply include "artificial" Greek in his publication. He includes actual texts from real-life Greek sources like Aristophanes, Xenophon, and Simonides. In this way, one gets a feel for and learns directly how the Greek language functions and expresses key concepts.
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