An Absolute Beginner's Question
I read some of the older posts where folks ask about Text Books. I went to eBay to see what was available and wonder if any has any experience or knowledge of these, (other than Athenaze, in both Volumes 1 & 2)?
Here are the five Courses available:
#1 - Teach Yourself Ancient Greek, Complete Course by Gavin Betts. Publisher's Note: Sightseeing in Sparta? Learn Ancient Greek.
With Teach Yourself it's possible for virtually anyone to learn and experience the languages of the world, from Afrikaans to Zulu, Ancient Greek to Modern Persian, Beginner's Latin to Biblical Hebrew. Follow any of the Teach Yourself Language Courses at your own pace or use them as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are professionally designed for self-guided study, making them one of the most enjoyable and easy to use language courses you can find.
Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including: Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar Regular and irregular verb tables Plenty of practice exercises and answers Practical vocabulary and a bilingual glossary Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout An exploration of the culture And much more
#2 - Learn Ancient Greek by Peter Jones. Publisher's Note: Based on the same principles that lay behind the book "Learn Latin", this book provides the chance to read real ancient Greek. It teaches the reader enough Greek in 20 chapters to be able to read selected passages from the New Testament and from Classical Greek literature such as Plato, Aristophanes and Euripides. Each chapter also comes with sections on ancient Greek history and culture and on the influence of the ancient language on ours.
#3 - An Introduction to Ancient Greek - Luschnig, C. A. Publisher's Note: The previous edition has been a welcome companion in classrooms for over two decades, and has helped many a budding pastor or classicist get through the arduous task of learning the language as it was written by ancient Greeks. Luschnig (classics emerita, U. of Idaho) has updated this edition to be more gender-inclusive and easier to use while retaining its attention to traditional grammar without any frills. She has designed to 14 lessons plus introduction to be completed in one academic year, upon which time the readers should be able to get through virtually any classical Greek text proficiently. She begins with the alphabet and sounds of Greek and basic grammar, then proceeds through cascading levels of difficulty in verbs, nouns, articles, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs and ever-increasing complexity levels of grammar. She includes readings from the very first lesson and short Greek-English and English-Greek vocabularies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
#4 - An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach - C. A. F. Luschnig; Deborah Mitchell. Publisher's Note: A.E. Luschnig's 'An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach' prepares students to read Greek in less than a year by presenting basic traditional grammar without frills and by introducing real Greek written by ancient Greeks, from the first day of study. This second edition retains all the features of the first but is more streamlined, easier on the eyes, more gender-inclusive, and altogether more 21st century. It is supported by a Web site for teachers and learners.
#5 - An Introduction to Ancient Greek by Alfred Mollin; Robert Williamson. Publisher's Note: Twenty grammar lessons with exercises are followed by readings: Plato's Meno and selections from Aristotle's Physics and Nicomachean Ethics . Appendices cover phonology, word formation, morphology, and syntax. A Greek to English/English to Greek vocabulary is also included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.