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Lucian's The Ass: An Intermediate Greek Reader: Greek Text with Running Vocabulary and Commentary Paperback – May 22, 2012
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My only criticism is that English summaries are printed before each Greek section. While these are helpful, in previous volumes of this series, these were printed beneath the text with the helps. Here they are hard to ignore and they sort of ruin the suspense (and the final joke) of the story.
No pain, no gain? Well, learning Greek is hard, but a fun, user-friendly text like this reminds us why we learn Greek in the first place. Hayes/Nimis have taken the drudgery out of reading Greek texts. I, for one, would rather spend my time reading Greek than slogging through LSJ or Smyth. I look forward to the future volumes in this outstanding series.
On every page you get all the vocabulary and grammatical help you need, and the pages also have occasional little info-boxs on more general grammar topics. Most of these will be stuff you already know, but that it's good to revise from time to time.
The story itself is quite something - I'm not too far into this one yet, but already I've had a couple of out-loud laughs and had my socks blown off by a sex scene that manages to be wildly funny and wildly erotic at the same time.
Seriously, who knew Greek could be so much fun!
Highly recommended, but for mature audiences only. Or rather, for IMmature readers who are old enough to enjoy this sort of stuff.
Also extremely useful if time travel is ever invented and you find yourself chatting to a pretty girl 2000 years ago!
These readers have done more to improve my understanding of Greek than anything out there.
Wish they'd do the anonymous life of Aesop.