An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose

An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose

By: Eleanor Dickey (author)Paperback

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Why learn to write in a dead language? Because a really good understanding of a language can only be attained by using it actively. Unlike earlier textbooks aimed at schoolboys, this work addresses modern adults who want to understand concepts fully as they learn. Drawing on recent scholarship where appropriate and assuming no prior background except some reading knowledge of Greek, the course combines a structured review of paradigms and vocabulary with clear and comprehensive explanations of the rules of Greek syntax. Large numbers of exercises are provided, both with and without key: a complete set of cumulative exercises and another set of non-cumulative exercises for those who prefer to dip into specific sections. The exercises include, as well as English sentences and paragraphs for translation, Greek sentences and passages for translation, analysis, and manipulation. A full English-Greek vocabulary and list of principal parts are included.

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Eleanor Dickey has taught Greek in the University of Ottawa, Columbia University, New York, the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter, and is currently Professor of Classics at the University of Reading and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is an expert on Greek and Latin linguistics and has published more than eighty scholarly works, including books on Greek forms of address, Latin forms of address, ancient Greek scholarship, and the Colloquia of the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana (an ancient Latin and Greek textbook).


Preface; Bibliography; Accentuation; 1. Articles; 2. Modifiers; 3. Tenses, voices, and agreement; 4. Cases; 5. Participles; 6. The structure of a Greek sentence: word order and connection; Review exercises; 7. Conditional, concessive, and potential clauses; 8. Relative clauses; 9. Pronouns; 10. Indirect statement; 11. Questions; Review exercises; 12. Purpose, fear, and effort; 13. Cause, result, and 'on condition that'; 14. Comparison and negatives; 15. Commands, wishes, and prevention; 16. Temporal clauses; Review exercises; 17. Impersonal constructions and verbal adjectives; 18. Oratio obliqua; 19. Summary; 20. Consolidation; Appendices: A. Errors in Smyth's Grammar; B. English tenses and their Greek equivalents (indicative only); C. Hints for analysing Greek sentences; D. English conditional clauses; E. A selection of terminologies for describing Greek conditional sentences; F. Short, easily confused words; G. Partial answer key; H. The next step: prose composition as an art form; Principal parts; Vocabulary; Index to vocabulary.

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/05/2016
  • ISBN13: 9780521184250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780521184250
  • weight: 630
  • ISBN10: 0521184258

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