- Series: Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionaries
- Paperback: 427 pages
- Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers (July 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887290817
- ISBN-13: 978-0887290817
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not at all a series lexicon though! If you are in a class you must buy the middle Liddell and Scott, its a must for any classics student.
Much more complete "lesikov" than I was expecting. The copy I got is strictly Greek to English as well (which is what I prefer). I couldn't be happier. For little money, I have a travel reference that is pretty extensive. I love this little sucker.
The layout of the dictionary is rather hard on the eyes. The typeface used is difficult to read, and if a sentence runs over the margin, it is shifted one line up, not down! Strangely, the book doesn't use quite the same alphabetical order of most Greek lexicons, meaning that one spends more time flipping around trying to find a word. As a fan of Aristophanes' comedies, which often include bawdy scenes, I was disappointed to find that this dictionary didn't include - whether from lack of space or puritanism - the obscene words which one must know to understand Aristophanes' humour.
If you're new to the study of Greek, I would recommend this dictionary right away because it is economical and pocket-sized. However, if you plan to continue your study of ancient Greek, saving for the much more expensive but superior Oxford lexicons is necessary.
"The Pocket-Dictionary is not intended to compete with any of the larger Lexicons, but as it contains all the words which appear in the authors commonly read in schools, and also those of the Greek New Testament, it will perhaps prove useful to beginners, and may also lend occaisonal service to more advanced students when they are unable, or disinclined, to look up words in a more extensive work. At any rate it has the advantage of cheapness."
I find it useful in my work translating Appian, and will usually look up a word it in before using the LSJ Lexicon.
The print is clear, the binding holds, and the author saved space by listing most or all expected meanings. He shows the "Red Line" while avoiding example-phrases and admission of ambiguity, as so often seen in the heavyweights.
But one kind of information is crucial for me: which c a s u s rules the verb, or to which preposition (if other than expected) does it connect itself? This is not indicated here. Sorry: Buy a bigger dictionary; you make yourself unhappy using this one.