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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Athenaze by Maurice Balme. Gilbert Lawall. Carefully designed to hold students' interest, the course begins in Book I with a fictional narrative about an Attic farmer's family placed in a precise historical context B.
This narrative, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars, gradually gives way in Book II to adapted passages from Thucydides, Plato, and Herodotus and ultimately to excerpts of the original Greek of Bacchylides, Thucydides, and Aristophanes' Acharnians. Essays on relevant aspects of ancient Greek culture and history are also provided.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Athenaze , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 26, Jean Menzies rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. I didn't chose to use this book to learn Ancient Greek for myself, it was set for my university class.
Unfortunately nor is it the book I would recommend those wishing to pursue the study of Ancient Greek especially on their own time. All of the information is there and I can not deny that my Ancient Greek has improved immensely whilst studying this book however I did have the aid of a classroom environment along with its structure.
The book itself however has a structure unlike the definition o I didn't chose to use this book to learn Ancient Greek for myself, it was set for my university class.
The book itself however has a structure unlike the definition of the word. It is somewhat 'all over the place'. In the aim of immersing you in the language it asks you to translate large passages before folioing these with an explanation and practice exercised with the grammar you have just experienced. Obviously this will very much depend on your preferences but I would much prefer to have my information presented the other way round and I know amongst my classmates I was not the only one that would say this.
On the other hand the book itself is not 'bad', I have learnt a lot from it, I just feel there are better. Dec 06, Mary Paul rated it really liked it. So once upon a time I dated an archeologist who was into classics and terrible at languages. So I taught myself Classical Greek with this here book. Honestly, Classical Greek is a terrible, difficult language with nothing to do with modern Greek, but if you want something to show off at parties or on museum dates, it can be a good choice.
Yes, I completed the full text and exercises. No, I did not progress to book two— we broke up. Yes, I do still read a little for fun but honestly I'm very very r So once upon a time I dated an archeologist who was into classics and terrible at languages.
Yes, I do still read a little for fun but honestly I'm very very rusty. View 2 comments. Aug 14, Sineala rated it liked it Shelves: paper-books , non-fiction , greece , languages. I feel a little weird dignifying this with a review but I did technically finish reading the book today so I guess that should count for something.
While learning Latin, I complained that it was difficult. I would like to apologize. Latin was so much easier than this. So very much easier than this. Greek verbal morphology is a nightmare.
Why did I want to learn a language with one regular verb? Everything this book says about the lives of women is just terrible and sad. The stories ar I feel a little weird dignifying this with a review but I did technically finish reading the book today so I guess that should count for something. The stories are engaging, I guess, but all the characters are jerks.
My wife basically held my hand the whole time and honestly I have no idea how you would do this book by yourself without someone who knows Greek to help you. And even so this took me about a year. I was not a very motivated student and I am easily discouraged so I guess it's a miracle I finished at all. Now onto Book II, I suppose. And then, after that, I can read some real Greek.
Probably Xenophon. What, you think I want to read the Anabasis? I have wanted to read On Horsemanship since I was a small child. I'm not kidding.
Shelves: classical-antiquity , greek-antiquity , language-instruction. Good old Dicaeopolis! Lazy Xanthias! Brave Philip! How we students enjoyed snickering at the "Dick and Jane" approach to classical Greek that is to be found in this introductory text, and what an effective teaching tool it turned out to be Each unit contains a list of vocabulary, a text in Greek, a Word Study, a section on Grammar, and a list of exercises. Taken sequentiall Good old Dicaeopolis!
Taken sequentially, the texts tell the story of Attic farmer Dicaeopolis and his family, living in Greece at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War. Interspersed throughout are various passages explaining some of the cultural background of the story. This first volume has 16 units, each divided into two lessons. The book also contains a reference grammar at the back , a brief dictionary, and an index.
These books are ideally suited, I think, for introducing students to this ancient language. They allow one to jump into textual passages right from the beginning, even though very little grammar or vocabulary has been learned. While I can think of any number of things more interesting than Dicaeopolis digging stones out of a field, it would be impossible to jump right into Homer, Plato, or any of the other greats. Nor would it be especially pleasant to spend an entire year doing nothing but memorizing lists of vocabulary and tables of grammar paradigms.
Here is a noble compromise: and though my classmates and I may have groaned, I look back now with nostalgic fondness Feb 10, max rated it really liked it Shelves: textbooks. I have used this book including the earlier first edition for sixteen straight years in a high school Beginning Greek class I teach. I would not change it for anything else currently available. The best thing about the book is the connected prose story of Dikaiopolis the farmer hero of Aristophanes' Acharnians and his family.
The decision to shape the book around this reading approach was a huge leap forward in the making of school textbooks for Greek. Students like the stories from chapter I have used this book including the earlier first edition for sixteen straight years in a high school Beginning Greek class I teach. Students like the stories from chapter to chapter. They are very intelligently written with good repetition of vocabulary and new grammar that gets nicely ramped up from one chapter to the next.
I cover four chapters per quarter in an independent study that has limited class time each week. As a side note, this book prepares my students very well for the National Greek Examination as well as further study in Homer and advanced works of Attic prose and poetry.
I cannot help but think this book has been and will continue to be a major factor in the increased number of students studying Greek today. A lot of Greek teachers owe a great debt to the authors for their efforts. The grammatical explanations are very helpful, especially to students who may not have had the benefit of studying Latin.
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Thank you so much for this. It makes it painfully clear why upper school students who take our Greek minor typically though not always high-achieving Latin students learn so terribly little of the language despite their best efforts. In this way we could be sure that students using this textbook will learn words that they will encounter regularly when reading classical Greek. Special effort was made to include in the early chapters the words that occur most often in Attic Greek. If you do discover a book that does it right, please let us know!
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Miraglia, Luigi Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works by Luigi Miraglia. Athenaze, an introduction to ancient Greek : workbook I by Gilbert Lawall Book 7 editions published between and in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Athenaze : an introduction to ancient Greek by Gilbert Lawall Book 3 editions published between and in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Vita moresque by Luigi Miraglia Book 2 editions published between and in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.
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The Greek language has been spoken for thousands of years and is still spoken today in Greece. This is not a course in Modern Greek, the stage of the language spoken in Greece today, which is quite different in sound and syntax, although still recognizably a historical stage of the same language. It is also not a course in understanding and speaking Greek, but rather in reading and writing. Classical Greek along with its variants, Epic and Koine Greek, which are also introduced in this course sequence is the language of the most important foundational writings of western civilization, including the Homeric poems and a lot of other poetry and fiction, the works of Plato and Aristotle and a lot of other philosophy, the New Testament and the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible known as the "Septuagint," the writings of the Eastern Christian Church fathers, and the works of Euclid, Archimedes and Ptolemy and many other ancient mathematicians and astronomers.