From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek / Edition 4

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Overview

One of the most successful Classical Greek introductory textbooks, this edition provides an introduction to Classical Greek with an encouraging, pleasant, and accessible presentation for today's modern students. Fifty short lessons presume no knowledge of Latin, and allow students to master a concept before moving on to the next. Each lesson is accompanied by numerous exercises, as well as manageable selections of Ancient Greek writings (edited in early chapters) from Aesop's most amusing and curious fables to concise Greek passages from The New Testament, Aristotle, Arrian, Demosthenes, Lysias, Plato, Thucydides, and Xenophon.

The fourth edition of From Alpha to Omega retains all the features that have made it a best-selling introductory Greek textbook, many of them improved or expanded:

  • Balanced, evenly-paced lessons to accommodate various academic schedules
  • Brief readings from Ancient Greek authors
  • Efficient translation exercises
  • Succinct, instructive vocabulary lists
  • Glossary containing all vocabulary words from lessons and readings, both Greek-to-English, and English-to-Greek

Online exercises, audio recordings, video tutorials, and more accompany each chapter at courses.pullins.com.

An Ancillary Exercise Workbook and a Greek Reader are also available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585103911
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 252,202
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne H. Groton is Professor of Classics at St. Olaf College, where she has chaired the Department of Classics and directed the programs in Ancient Studies and Medieval Studies.
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LESSON 1 INTRODUCTION: The Greek Alphabet

Καλα Εεκινησει Ειναι μισο Εyινε  Well begun is half done
—one of Pythagoras’ sayings, quoted by Iamblichus in Pythagoras 162

Greek belongs to a large and colorful family of Indo-European languages, all thought to be descended from a very old, now extinct language spoken by people who roamed over the Eurasian continent during prehistoric times. Other prominent members of the family are the Italic (including Latin and the Romance languages), Germanic (including English), Celtic, Baltic, Slavic (including Russian), Armenian, Iranian, and Indic languages.

The Greek language has been in continuous use for more than three thousand years; its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation have been evolving gradually over the centuries. There is a great deal of difference between, say, Greek of the seventh century BCE and Greek of the first century CE, even though they are both “ancient” from our point of view. Moreover, each geographical region of Greece had its own dialect. Some authors wrote in their native dialect; others, working within an established literary genre, wrote in the dialect(s) that tradition demanded.

The ancient Greek taught in this book is Classical in date. It is the sort of Greek that would have been used by educated people during Greece’s Classical age, roughly the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. These were glory days for Athens, artistically and intellectually as well as militarily. Much of the literature surviving from the Classical period is written in Attic, the dialect of the Athenians. (Attica is the name of the district that includes Athens.) The philosopher Plato, the orators Lysias and Demosthenes, the historians Thucydides and Xenophon, the comic playwright Aristophanes—to name just a few of Athens’ most famous authors—all wrote in Attic.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface xi
Lesson 1 Introduction: The Greek Alphabet
Lesson 2
Introduction: The Greek Accents
Lesson 3 Ω-Verbs: Present Active Indicative, Present Active Infinitive, Present Active Imperative
Lesson 4 First Declension: Feminine Nouns, Part 1
Lesson 5 First Declension: Feminine Nouns, Part 2
Lesson 6 Ω-Verbs: Future Active Indicative, Future Active Infinitive
Lesson 7 Second Declension: Masculine Nouns
Lesson 8 Second Declension: Neuter Nouns; Adjectives: First/Second Declension
Lesson 9 First Declension: Masculine Nouns; Substantive
Lesson 10 Ω-Verbs: Imperfect Active Indicative; Correlatives
Lesson 11 Ω-Verbs: Middle/Passive Voice; Prepositions
Lesson 12 εìμí; Enclitics
Lesson 13 Demonstratives
Lesson 14 Personal Pronouns
Lesson 15 Contract Verbs (-αω,-εω,-οω); Contracted Futures
Lesson 16 Third Declension: Stop, Liquid, and Nasal Stems
Lesson 17 Third Declension: Sigma Stems; Adjectives: Third Declension
Lesson 18 Ω-Verbs: First Aorist Active and Middle Indicative, First Aorist Active and Middle Infinitives, First Aorist Active and Middle Imperative
Lesson 19 Ω-Verbs: Second Aorist Active and Middle Indicative, Second Aorist Active and Middle Infinitives, Second Aorist Active and Middle Imperative; Reflexive Pronouns
Lesson 20 Ω-Verbs: Perfect Active Indicative, Perfect Active Infinitive; Pluperfect Active Indicative
Lesson 21 Interrogative tíς and Indefinite tiς
Lesson 22 Ω-Verbs: Perfect Middle/Passive Indicative, Perfect Middle/Passive Infinitive; Pluperfect Middle/Passive Indicative
Lesson 23 Relative Pronouns; πας; Expressions of Time
Lesson 24 Ω-Verbs: Present Active Participle, Future Active Participle, First and Second Aorist Active Participles, Perfect Active Participle
Lesson 25 Ω-Verbs: Present Middle/Passive Participle, Future Middle Participle, First and Second Aorist Middle Participles, Perfect Middle/Passive Participle
Lesson 26 Direct and Indirect Questions; Alternative Questions
Lesson 27 Ω-Verbs: Aorist Passive Tense
Lesson 28 Ω-Verbs: Future Passive Tense; Future Perfect Active and Middle/Passive Tenses; oäda
Lesson 29 Third Declension: Vowel Stems, Syncopated Stems
Lesson 30 Deponent Verbs; Genitive Absolute; εíςoνδες /μηδεíς
Lesson 31 Adverbs: Positive Degree; Result Clauses
Lesson 32 Adjectives and Adverbs: Comparative and Superlative Degrees; Genitive of Comparison; Partitive Genitive
Lesson 33 Adjectives and Adverbs: Irregular Comparative and Superlative Degrees; -νς, -εια, -ν Adjectives; Dative of Degree of Difference
Lesson 34 Numerals
Lesson 35 Subjunctive Mood: Present, Aorist, Perfect Tenses; Active, Middle, Passive Voices; Independent Uses of the Subjunctive (Hortatory, Prohibitive, Deliberative)
Lesson 36 Optative Mood: Present, Future, Aorist, Perfect Tenses; Active, Middle, Passive Voices; Independent Uses of the Optative (Wishes, Potentiality)
Lesson 37 Conditions
Lesson 38 Conditional Relative Clauses; Relative Adverbs
Lesson 39 Purpose Clauses
Lesson 40 ειμι Indirect Discourse (óτι/ως)
Lesson 41 φημí; Indirect Discourse (with infinitive)
Lesson 42 Indirect Discourse (with participle); Crasis
Lesson 43 More Uses of the Infinitive; πρíν
Lesson 44 Verbal Adjectives in -τεος and -τος
Lesson 45 Clauses of Effort and Fear
Lesson 46 MI-Verbs (δíδωμι, íστημι)
τíΘημι, íημι
δεíκνυμι; Unattainable Wishes
Lesson 49 βαíνω, γιγνωσκω Directional Suffixes; Accusative of Respect
Lesson 50 Redundant μη; Uses of μη ον and ον μη; Attraction of

Relative Pronoun Word Lists Greek-to-English Glossary English-to-Greek Glossary Appendix—nouns, definite article, pronouns, adjectives,
numerals, adverbs, verbs Index

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