- 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 (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,047 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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"Attractive format...Interesting text...Good use of cultural material and word-building tools...Very appropriate for use with high school seniors."--Mary Lee S. McConaghy, St. Louis University High School
"EXCELLENT!! This is the only Greek text, that I have seen, that would be accessible to high school students."--Ellen Peters, Governor Miffin Senior High School
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I felt that this book succeeded where others fails largely because, instead of giving the beginning student snippets of various ancient works to translate, the authors wrote a simple story about a farmer's life that builds slowly as it introduces new grammatical concepts and vocabulary. It was therefore possible to learn words through repetition and figure things out from context, something I was unable to do with other books. This doesn't come at the expense of reading real Ancient Greek, however, because as the book progresses you are also given some excerpts from ancient texts. (By the second volume of this book, these sections are quite lengthy) The presentation of grammar and vocabulary was straightforward, and the pace at which you are introduced to new concepts I found to be reasonable. (Unlike some other texts where you are simply thrown paradigm after paradigm with little chance to practice.)
This book is best used along with the workbook, which provides even more chance for practice, as well as some additional vocabulary that isn't in the textbook. There is also a second volume of this work and another workbook, which covers intermediate to advanced levels.
Would be very effective in a mixed-ability Latin class as a means of providing gifted enrichment while still doing foreign language activities; "Gratin" is a very successful strategy in the UK and could well be adopted in the US by Latin teachers who know enough Greek to support use of the book (i.e. pretty much all the ones who have full Classics degrees rather than just Latin degrees or certifications).
If all you want is to gain a basic understanding of Ancient Greek and the ability to do passive translation, the is almost all you'll need (except for a general dictionary once you get more into it.)
If you want to study the language extensively this is a good starting point. I have been studying Greek for around 4 years now, having progressed enough to do independent translations of actual texts, and I still use these books to review with.
In addition to this I would recommend getting/using:
The Perseus Project (This is a collection of FREE texts, maintained by Tufts University, with English translations, as well as books on grammar, etc. Each Greek word is hyperlinked and clicking on one it takes you to the dictionary entry that lists what exact case/declension/other grammatical identifiers. There is also a feature that allows you to view the original text and the English translation side by side. And it also has Latin texts) [...]
Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek
Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Greek Key Words: The Basic 2, 000 Word Vocabulary Arranged by Frequency in a Hundred Units, with Comprehensive Greek and English Indexes
Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek (this has some very good charts in the Appendices, especially one of prepositions)
An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon: Founded upon the Seventh Edition of Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon
Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek (Workbook II)