- Paperback: 359 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (March 13, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195149564
- ISBN-13: 978-0195149562
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I 2nd Edition
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"My students and I have both enjoyed using this text. The readings are fun, and the integration of reading, grammar, and cultural materials is remarkable, far above anything in any other elementary Greek or Latin text."--George Houston, University of North Carolina
"Excellent. Makes the ancient Greek language 'come alive' to the modern student."--Liane Houghtalin, Randolph-Macon College
"An enjoyable text to teach from. The presentation of grammar is logical. Students really can cope with a Greek text after this."--Robert W. Sawyer, Hiram College
"The only Greek text I know that I can imagine being used successfully in high schools as well as in colleges....The Classics community owes Maurice Balme, Gilbert Lawall, and the Oxford University Press a large debt of gratitude for producing this very useful text."--The Classical Outlook
"This extensively revised and expanded version includes many of the features of the original, but is much more stylishly produced and a great deal easier to read....Well worth looking into."--JACT Review
"I am using these texts [Athenaze and the OLC] and the students love them. They like the idea of being able to read immediately....I will continue to use these publications in my courses."--Sr. M. Regina Pacis, OSF, Franciscan University of Steubenville
"Excellent. The students enjoyed using it and became quite competent readers. I think it will make the transition to actual texts much easier."--Eva Stehle, University of Maryland
"I have taught Classical Greek from many other grammars in many different places, but Balme and Lowell's Athenaze is far and away the best of them all."--Howard Jackson, Pomona College
"We were especially attracted to the continuously developing story sequence, which teaches culture and history together with grammar and syntax. Our course is intensive, so we will do 26 chapters in 15 weeks."--Victor Udwin, University of Tulsa
"Excellent, comprehensive and well-supported work."--Bruce R. Marino, Valley Forege Christian College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But beware edition confusion. The current Athenaze textbook is the SECOND edition, published in 2003.
The Handbook listed at Amazon, published in 1989, is for the FIRST edition. The exercises have changed. Be careful not buy the first edition Handbook to use with the second edition text.
The Athenaze set is a bit easier than the Reading Greek alternative. But the truth is, if you spend a half hour a day with either one, you'll have fun and make real progress. The secret is not the book, it's putting in the time.
Be sure to get:
1. Athenaze, An Introduction To Ancient Greek - the main text
2. Teacher's Handbook - with translations of the readings, and answers to exercises
3. The Athenaze Workbook -- drill and practice
No language textbook is a substitute for a teacher, but Athenaze is an outstanding resource.
I recommend L.A. Wilding's "Greek for Beginners" (edited by C.W. Shelmerdine) instead because of its clear format that presents information up front, its Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek sentences, the interesting end-of-chapter longer readings, and (especially) the amazing charts at the end of the book that I am STILL using 3 years later because they are so quick and easy to reference.