Learn Ancient Greek by Peter JonesBased on the same principles as Learn Latin, Peter Joness bestselling book of the hugely popular Daily Telegraph series, this book teaches you enough Greek in 20 chapters to be able to read some real ancient Greek – one of the worlds greatest languages, used by one of the worlds greatest cultures. By the end of the course you will be able to read passages from the New Testament and from Classical Greek literature, including extracts from Socrates speech on trial for his life recorded by Plato, Sophocles Antigone, and the tragic end to the Athenian expedition to Sicily described by the historian Thucydides – and much else.
Each chapter also comes with sections on ancient Greek history and culture, and on the influence of the ancient language on our own, enabling you to experience at first hand just why it is that the ancient Greeks have played such a central part in the culture, language and history of western civilisation.
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Make Your Own List. Interested in philosophy? Within a year you too could be reading seminal texts in their original language. Academic Paul McMullen recommends the best books for learning ancient Greek. Interview by Katie Walker. He holds a PhD in Classics from Pembroke College, Cambridge, where his doctoral thesis, Offending the Gods in Attic Forensic Discourse Before and After Socrates , examines the Athenian lawcourt as a forum where citizens debated and revised their theological ideas in the fifth-century B. First of all, it gives you access to a wealth of material in the original.
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The letters in the Greek alphabet presented below are used for printed Ancient Greek texts. The earliest Greek texts that have survived were written with a radically different script called Linear B. For a detailed and wonderfully well argued discussion of the origins of the Greek alphabet, see Roger D. This site provides three sets of pronunciation suggestions: first the pronunciation of each letter in Modern Greek, then the reconstructed Hellenistic Koine pronunciation, and finally the reconstructed pronunciation for the Classical period before about BCE. As far as possible, sound clips have been provided for all three periods. The traditional Erasmian pronunciation used in many schools to teach Biblical Greek and sometimes Classical Greek is not given on this site.
The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have encountered the classical world through translations of Greek and Latin texts and wish to know more about the languages in which these works were composed., What, are you nuts? Honestly, that really is the first thing that pops into my head whenever someone approaches me or e-mails me about learning Greek independently.
Participate today. Greek has been important in the intellectual life of western civilization, but not to the extent of Latin except for ecclesiastical matters. In years past, Latin was introduced in the first year of High School, followed by Greek in the third year. The prominence of Greek for intellectual matters is evident in designations of subjects central to university study, such as philosophy 'love of wisdom', philology 'love of words or more generally study', theology 'study related to God', psychology 'study related to the soul or psyche', and so on. A difficulty with Greek that may put off learners is the maintenance of an older form of the alphabet than that used for Latin, English, and many other languages. Moreover, accentuation varies in Greek words, and in early Greek was musical.