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Classical Greek Texts

Although this site is primarily devoted to Biblical Greek, the study of Classical Greek can better your understanding of Biblical Greek. This page contains a comparative list of classical Greek grammars, references, and readers. This is not an exhaustive, but all of the major texts are listed. If you notice that there is a book missing, please contact me.

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1. Classical Greek Beginning Grammars

2. Classical Greek Readers (Texts with notes)

3. Classical Greek Composition Texts

4. Classical Greek Reference Grammars (links to Greek Reference Page)

1. Classical Greek Beginning Grammars:

Author
Title
Publisher (date) ISBN
Brief description and comment, (review links)
Format
Pages
Retail
Price
Direct Links to purchase
Balme, Maurice Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I
Oxford University Press; 2nd Ed. (February 28, 2003); ISBN: 0195149564
(Amazon reviews) Possibly the most popular classical Greek text book. It has an inductive approach with plenty of explanation.

In addition to Oxford's Athenaze text, Luigi Miraglia adapted the Italian edition to emulate "Lingua Latina per se Illustrata" (Hans Orberg's Latin textbook). Miraglia's Italian edition follows the non-Italian edition in two volumes, but Miraglia has extended all of the Greek readings, added more pictures, and changed the layout so the student is able to stay in Greek reading mode without switching between one's own native language and Greek. The student has the feel of working through an actual Greek book rather than a Greek grammar with a number of reading exercises. I wish Oxford would publish an English version of the text since the Italian can be disconcerting for English reading students. Nevertheless it is a fantastic edition especially when students have the English version to use as a grammatical reference. You can order it from unilibro.com.
Paperback
380 pp.
$34.95 $31.45 Amazon
$31.45 Overstock
Gilbert Lawall, James F. Johnson, Luigi Miraglia Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek (Workbook I)
Oxford University Press (February 28, 2003); ISBN: 0195149564
(Amazon reviews) 
Paperback
172 pp.
$19.95 $17.95 Amazon
$17.95 Overstock

Beetham, F.J. Beginning Greek With Homer
Duckworth Publishing (September 1, 1996); ISBN: 1853994804
(Amazon reviews)
Paperback
256 pp.
$29.00 $29.00 Amazon


Case, A.H. New Introduction to Greek
Harvard University Press, 3rd ed. (June, 1961); ISBN: 0674616006
(Amazon reviews) Deductive Text, Also works as a good reference
Hardback
240 pp.
$39.00 $36.27 Amazon


Groton, Anne From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek
Focus Pub R Pullins & Co; 2nd ed. (May 1, 2000); ISBN: 1585100161
(Amazon reviews) Deductive Text, Mixed reviews Accompanying Software (MS DOS) and booklet. There is an answer key available too: http://www.focusbookstore.com/browseproducts/Answer-Key-to-From-Alpha-to-Omega.html
Paperback
608 pp.
$38.95


JACT, JACT, Joint Ass Reading Greek: Text
Cambridge University Press (December 29, 1978); ISBN: 0521219760
(Amazon reviews) Inductive Text, requires some of the companion books
Paperback
182 pp.
$33.04 $26.43 Amazon

Reading Greek: Grammar, Vocabulary & Exercises
Cambridge University Press (December 29, 1978); ISBN: 0521219760
(Amazon reviews) 
Paperback
366 pp.
$39.24 $32.90 Amazon


JACT, Joint Associati Reading Greek: An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek
Cambridge University Press (August 25, 1995); ISBN: 0521478634
(Amazon reviews) Supplemental text for independent learning of "Reading Greek". It requires the "Reading Greek" text and grammar.
Paperback
358 pp.
$27.99 $27.99 Amazon

Reading Greek: Morphology Charts
Cambridge University Press (August 25, 1995); ISBN: 0521478634
Paperback
10 pp.
$18.99 $18.99 Amazon


JACT, Joint Associati Reading Greek: Teacher's Notes
Cambridge University Press (August 29, 1986); ISBN: 0521318726
Paperback
240 pp.
$39.99 $39.99 Amazon


Mastronarde, D. Introduction to Attic Greek
University of California Press (March 19, 1993); ISBN: 0520078446
(Amazon reviews) Standard deductive grammar, A free electronic workbook is available online: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/%7eancgreek/ancient_greek_start.html
Paperback
435 pp.
$35.95 $29.80 Amazon


Mollin, Alfred An Introduction to Ancient Greek
University Press of America, 3rd ed (August 28, 1997); ISBN: 0761808531
(Amazon reviews)
Paperback
528 pp.
$52.50 $42.50 Amazon


Paine, Stephen Beginning Greek: A functional approach
Oxford University Press (December 31, 1961); ISBN: 0195010132
Inductive half through Gospel of John, half through Xenophon. This book has been around quite a while so it should be fairly easy to find used copies for sale relatively inexpensively.
Hardback
352 pp.
$47.95 $47.95 Amazon


Peckett, C.W.E. Thrasymachus: Greek Through Reading
Duckworth Publishers (February 16, 2007); ISBN: 0862921392
(Amazon reviews)
Paperback
336 pp.
$29.00 $29.00 Amazon


Pharr, Clyde
Kessinger Publishing (July 25, 2007); ISBN: 0548214425
(Amazon reviews) There is also a less expensive earlier paperback version.
Hardback
438 pp.
$36.95 $37.92 Amazon


Saffire, Paula Ancient Greek Alive
The University of North Carolina Pr (May 12, 1999); ISBN: 080784800X
(Amazon reviews) Begins as a conversational text
Paperback
304 pp.
$24.95 $24.95 Amazon


Shelmerdine, Cynthia Wilding's Greek for Beginners
Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company (August 1, 2001); ISBN: 1585100102
(SBL reviews) (Amazon reviews) Deductive text with answer key available: http://www.focusbookstore.com/browseproducts/Wilding's-Greek-for-Beginners--Answer-Key.html
Paperback
216 pp.
$34.95 $23.07 Amazon


Balme, Maurice " alt="" border="0" height="60"> Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book II (3rd. Edition)
Oxford Press (December 18, 2015); ISBN: 019060767X
paperback
480 pp.
$44.95

Lawall, Johnson, King Workbook II for Athenaze vol. II
Oxford University Press (December 18, 2015); ISBN: 019060767X
Paperback
226 pp.
$17.95
$17.95 Overstock

2. Comparative List of Classical Greek Readers:

Author
Title
Publisher (date) ISBN
Type of grammar, comments, (review links)
Format
Pages
Retail
Price
Direct Links
to purchase
Anthologies
Wikgren, Allen
Hellenistic Greek Texts,
University of Chicago Press (April, 1947); ISBN: 0226896889
(2 reviews) A great resource for extra-biblical hellenistic readings
Hardback
285 pp.
$30.00
$30.00 Amazon
Baker, D.S.
Smith, Graham
Greek Proberbs,
Appletree Press (April, 2001); ISBN: 0862815568
A fun classical suppliment, each page has memorable Greek proverbs in Classical & Modern Greek and in English
Hardback
80 pp.
$11.95
$9.56 Amazon
Homer
JACT, Joint Association of Classical Teachers
Reading Greek: A World of Heroes: Selections from Homer, Herodotus and Sophocles,
Cambridge University Press (October, 1979); ISBN: 0521224624
(2 reviews) Primarily Homer, mixed reviews
Paperback
152 pp.
$23.99
$23.99 Amazon
Reading Greek: Greek Vocabulary,
Cambridge University Press (November, 1978); ISBN: 0521232775
(1 review) Vocabulary lists for "A World of Heroes"
Paperback
56 pp.
$19.23
$19.23 Amazon

Lysias
Edwards,M. J. (Ed.)
Lysias: Five Speeches: 1, 12, 19, 22, 3,
Duckworth Publishing (July, 1999); ISBN: 1853994472
Paperback
198 pp.
$21.50
$21.50 Amazon

Plato
Edwards,M. J. (Ed.)
Plato: Republic,
Duckworth Publishing (August, 1993); ISBN: 1853992542
Paperback
144 pp.
$17.95
Doherty, F. (Ed.)
Plato: The Martyrdom of Socrates,
Duckworth Publishing (November 1923); ISBN: 0906515963
Paperback
112 pp.
$18.00
$18.00 Amazon
Helm, James. (Ed.)
Plato: Apology,
Duckworth Publishing (March 1997); ISBN: 0865163480
Paperback
112 pp.
$21.00
$21.00 Amazon

Xenophon
Usher, J. Antrich & S. (Ed.)
Xenophon: The Persian Expedition (Anabasis),
Duckworth Publishing (December, 1978); ISBN: 0906515114
Paperback
200 pp.
$18.00
$18.00 Amazon
Mather, Maurice & Hewitt, Joseph
Xenophon's Anabasis: Book 1-4,
University of Oklahoma Press; (June 1979); ISBN: 0806113472
(2 reviews)
Paperback
$29.95
$29.95 Amazon

Anthologies
JACT, Joint Association of Classical Teachers
Reading Greek: A Greek Anthology,
Cambridge University Press (August, 2002); ISBN: 0521000262
Paperback
202 pp.
$14.95
$14.95 Amazon

Classical Greek Composition Texts:

Author
Title
Publisher (date) ISBN
Type of grammar, comments, (review links)
Format
Pages
Retail
Price
Direct Links
to purchase
Sidwick, Arthur
Sidwick's Greek Prose Composition,
Focus Publishing Co (June 1983); ISBN: 0715616757
(2 reviews)
Paperback
269 pp.
$10.95
$10.95 Amazon
Key to Sidwick's Greek Prose Composition,
Duckworth Publishing (August 1983); ISBN: 071561696X
Paperback
112 pp.
$18.95

North, M.A. &
Hillard, A.E.
Greek Prose Composition,
Duckworth Publishing; 2nd ed (Jan 1999); ISBN: 0715612840
Paperback
280 pp.
$17.95
$17.95 Amazon
Key to Greek Prose Composition,
Duckworth Publishing; 2nd ed (Jan 1999); ISBN: 0941051900
Paperback
116 pp.
$17.95
$15.26 Amazon



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