This book offers an ideal first reader in ancient Greek. It presents a selection of extracts from a comprehensive range of Greek authors, from Homer to Plutarch, together with generous help with vocabulary and grammar. The passages have been chosen for their intrinsic interest and variety, and brief introductions set them in context. All but the commonest Greek words are glossed as they occur and a general vocabulary is included at the back. Although the book is designed to be used by students who have only completed a beginner's course in Greek, students of all ages will find that it helps them to improve their ability and confidence in reading a wide range of prose and verse texts, while at the same time providing a fascinating and copiously illustrated introduction to the riches and variety of ancient Greek literature over a period of almost a thousand years.
Time chart; Map of the Greek world; 1. Homer Iliad: Zeus, fate and the death of Sarpedon; 2. Homer Odyssey: Calypso is ordered by the gods to release Odysseus; 3. Herodotus The Histories: the battle of Salamis; 4. Aeschylus Persians: the battle of Salamis; 5. Sophocles Antigone: Antigone confronts Creon; 6. Euripides Alcestis: Alcestis' farewell to Admetus; 7. Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War: the revolt of Mytilene; 8. Sophocles Philoctetes: Neoptolemus tries to persuade Philoctetes; 9. Euripides Bacchae: Pentheus and Dionysus; 10. Aristophanes Frogs: Dionysus in the underworld; 11. Plato Apology of Socrates: Socrates and the nature of death; 12. Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae (Assemblywomen): power to women?; 13. Xenophon Oeconomicus (The estate manager): the duties of husband and wife; 14. Demosthenes On the Crown: news of disaster at Elatea; 15. Demosthenes Against Conon: harassment on military service; 16. Aristotle Poetics: tragic action and the tragic hero; 17. Menander Perikeiromene (The girl with the cut hair): how to get your mistress to forgive you; 18. Plutarch Life of Antony: the death of Cleopatra; 19. Plutarch On the Decline of Oracles: Great Pan is dead; 20. New Testament Acts of the Apostles: St Paul in Athens; Metrical appendix; General vocabulary.
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