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Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary Paperback – November 28, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0198605126 ISBN-10: 0198605129 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (November 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198605129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198605126
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new dictionary will no doubt prove invaluable to those embarking on their first steps in 'real' Greek with the absence of a course book to guide them ... anyone undertaking post-beginners' courses either at university or elsewhere will also benefit greatly from this volume ... clear layout, large print and, genuine affordability ... the editors should be praised for the clarity of vision underpinning this dictionary, which will surely make a major contribution to the study of the Greek language. JACT Review, Summer 2003

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John Taylor is a teacher of Classics at Tonbridge School

Customer Reviews

This dictionary is a great resource for anyone who is attempting translations.
anonymous
Because, as you read through the LXX and the NT, you'll notice very many grammar and even pronunciation constructions which do NOT conform with the fad.
brainout
The book is small, so I easily hold it in one hand while writing with the other.
Harold M. Kaplan

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
The POCKET OXFORD CLASSICAL GREEK DICTIONARY is one of the few compact classical Greek dictionaries available today. However, I found it an inferior offering.

The dictionary is derived from the dictionary of Karl Feyerabend, but it presents a significantly reduced version. Considering that even Feyerabend's dictionary didn't contain every word used in beginner texts such as Xenophon's ANABASIS, it is unfortunate that it has even been been slimmed down here. While called a "pocket" dictionary, the Oxford dictionary is actually the size of a trade paperback and somewhat hefty. Instead of giving a large classical Greek - English section, the editors have instead chose to include an English - Greek section, which will be of very limited use for most students. Bizarrely, while the English - Greek section contains proper names, students wondering how a Greek proper name should be rendered in English will get no assistance from this dictionary. Finally, I found the page layout poor. Oxford has issued this dictionary in the same "trendy" style as its modern language and Latin offerings, which does the student a disservice because it packs fewer words and definitions onto each page, and is difficult on the eyes.

This dictionary does have two positive features. The list of principal parts for 101 irregular verbs is a great help for first-semester university students. There is a list of numerals (cardinals, ordinals, and adverbs) which may also prove helpful to some. This might, however, result in some unnecessary duplication for students who also carry around the fine OXFORD GRAMMAR OF CLASSICAL GREEK, which has the same information.

I would recommend the LANGENSCHEIDT POCKET GREEK DICTIONARY over this Oxford dictionary.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Sami Laine on October 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although Pocket Oxford Classical greek dictionary claims to be ideal for anyone starting to learn Classical Greek, it definitely is not.
There is a somewhat useful irregular verb table (top 101 irregural verbs, though one might disagree on what counts as a top 101 irregular verb). This is handy for beginner, yet it renders itself useless pretty soon (as one is able to memorize more than those top 101 irregulars pretty soon).
What is the most disgusting aspect of this piece of dictionarical crap are missing themes of verbs. A decent dictionary of Classical Greek should give you at least present, future, aorist and perfect of a verb: this book generously presents you with just present, which is almost completely useless piece of information (as any beginner student of Classical Greek knows).
I recommend instead of this dictionary abridged version of Greek-English lexicon by Liddell and Scott or full featured version of same title. Do not buy this item, it definitely is not worth it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "santee44" on October 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a fun little book. It claims that it is the only recent Greek-English and English-Greek dictionary. The English-Greek section occupies only about the back quarter of the book, but if you are a beginning or intermediate student of Greek who often thinks "I wonder what ______ is in Greek?" this might be a worthwhile purchase considering the reasonable price. It should not be considered a substitute for a larger, more comprehensive lexicon, but its title as a "pocket" dictionary well describes its use as a highly portable and simple reference.
It is very much like small, paperback dictionaries of other languages. It is useful for beginners wondering about words outside of their textbook, and it is a quick reference for somewhat more advanced students.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Findley on August 1, 2006
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Pros:

- good, easy to read format

- selection of ancient greek names

- comprehensive greek section

- map of ancient Greece

- good alphabet table in front

cons:

- the english to greek section is VERY short and not very comprehensive.

- the section on grammer/pronunciation is only three pages long

All in all, an okay buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold M. Kaplan on October 9, 2010
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The book is small, so I easily hold it in one hand while writing with the other. It contains nearly all the words I try to look up. However, I am trying to read the Septuagint, and a few words I need are not in this little Morwood and Taylor. Perhaps I am being unfair: these words seem also not to be in the Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon of Liddell and Scott.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By km86617 on June 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This dictionary is worth something because it has English to Greek entries. The section with Greek names and proper nouns is also quite useful for pronunciation and reference.

That being said, the lack of verb principal parts makes this dictionary rather weak. For students of Ancient Greek it is essential to have access to every verb form. What could be a five star product gets only three for this "bush league" error.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By perilogos on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Every Greek student should own a Classic greek dictionary. Several are available, but this one The Oxford Pocket Dictionary has the advantage of being cheap, and thorough. It has an excellent section on pronunciation; a section on Proper names; a list of common irregular verbs;and best of all it alone of available dictionaries it has an English-Greek section. You will find this particularly helpful when beginning Greek, as you will often want the Greek word for a remembered English biblical phrase.
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