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4.0 von 5 Sternen Marvellous introduction to Attic Greek
I found this book an excellent introduction to Attic Greek. People who want to become professors in the Classics might prefer other texts, but Athenaze is an admirable book for those who simply want to acquire some reading knowledge of ancient Greek. Athenaze succeeded well at that important task of making language learning interesting. I found that the reading...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2000 von Paul V Caetano

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly organized, but a good confidence-booster for novices
When I first decided to tackle the daunting task of teaching myself ancient Greek, the greatest challenge was overcoming my feeling that it is simply impossible to learn such a complex and ancient language on one's own. Athenaze was the first book I bought, and I am glad it was because it gave me the confidence to continue this interest. Athenaze has students reading...
Veröffentlicht am 21. November 1999 von J. FRY LOFTON


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly organized, but a good confidence-booster for novices, 21. November 1999
When I first decided to tackle the daunting task of teaching myself ancient Greek, the greatest challenge was overcoming my feeling that it is simply impossible to learn such a complex and ancient language on one's own. Athenaze was the first book I bought, and I am glad it was because it gave me the confidence to continue this interest. Athenaze has students reading simple Greek in the first chapter, and I think there is some value in this alone, in that it build self-confidence. However, self-confidence is not enough to master an ancient language, and Athenaze quickly becomes disappointing due to its lack of organization. Topics are presented out of any logical order, and grammatical concepts are not thoroughly explained. Often, grammatical subjects are explained only partially, and are explained in full only after several intervening chapters. I ended up abandoning this book early on. Although it's probably good to present students with readings early on, grammar should not take a back seat. But, Athenaze is not all bad, as it gave me the confidence to continue studying Greek, albeit with a different text.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Marvellous introduction to Attic Greek, 20. Juni 2000
I found this book an excellent introduction to Attic Greek. People who want to become professors in the Classics might prefer other texts, but Athenaze is an admirable book for those who simply want to acquire some reading knowledge of ancient Greek. Athenaze succeeded well at that important task of making language learning interesting. I found that the reading selection was substantially more interesting than other introductory language books which I have used (albeit in other languages). Since I used this book for self study and not as part of a professor taught course, I felt that the engaging nature of the book was especially important. The grammatical explanations were lucid and well designed to build upon each other as the lessons progress. While these explanations might not give the full story, a beginner would get lost and discouraged if too much grammar is thrown his way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an excellent book for learning to read Greek, 29. November 1997
I started to learn Greek about thirty years ago. I have never taken a course, but have tried learning from a number of textbooks. I have always given up in frustration, until now. Some of the other books were excellent in terms of clarity and thoroughness. From them I had learned to slowly _decode_ Greek, but never to _read_ it. This book, together with the second volume, are really teaching me to read with fluency. (I've finished 21 of the 32 chapters contained in the two books, 16 chapters per book.) The feature of this set of books, missing in all the other books I have tried (five different books, if I recall correctly), is a great deal of _easy_ reading material to develop fluency in reading. The other books I have tried all had less reading material, and that material got hard quickly. In this book there is a really fine gradual introduction of grammar and vocabulary, with so much practice reading material, that I found myself reading with understanding without the word-by-word decoding I had to go through in all the other books I tried. By the time I finish the second book, I will be ready, I think, to read real Greek, not just slowly and painfully decode it. What I have found in the book so far is a drastically simplified language that is pretty far from any real Greek that I have struggled with in the past. But with each chapter the language gets closer to real Greek. I am quite hopeful that by the time I finish the books--they will be (with one exception) the first Greek books I have ever worked through to the end--I will be ready for real Greek. After thirty years! I am so grateful to the authors.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing, 30. Oktober 1998
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Athenaze I and II are disappointing. The books' single greatest weakness is that it simply takes too long to teach them. Teaching with the book 4 days per week, and omitting portions of the exercizes, no one in my department has ever succeeded in getting a class even close to all the way through the text. In some cases not even a THIRD semester sufficed.
There are some errors in the Greek and even in the morphological tables -- I'm talking howlers. The Greek also sometimes exhibits solecisms, but I doubt they do much harm to the students' learning process. They might hurt the teacher's delicate sensibilities, but that's all.
It has been my experience (I have taught with the books three times) that the one marked virtue of the series is that students who get close to the end of the book can read Herodotus with some proficiency, and have developed a pretty good working vocabulary for him. On the other hand, the inclusion of selections from the Acharnians is of little value. It was recently derided by my present class, who put it thus: "We're not reading or translating Aristophanes. We're reading the GLOSSES to Aristophanes."
Some students like the ongoing story of Dikaiopolis and his family that the reading centers upon. Others find it infantile and condescending.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen This book is the root of all my language troubles!, 1. November 1999
Athenaze caused me more confusion than any other book I have ever had to use! I probably feel this way because from the set up of the book, one would get the impression that the authors themselves were terribly confused at the time they wrote the books. With concepts introduced for use in reading passages and sentences before being taught (such as learning the 2cd aorist before first and having third declension words scattered throughout early passages), this book left me overwhelmed and hating the language as a whole. It is only now that as a second year greek student that I am starting to make sense of this book through a careful review session, but I'm still questioning the logic of the authors. Dicaeopolis, the character in the ongoing story through the books, is now my arch nemesis, along with the rest of his family. My classmates and I cheered as we read the ridiculous passage where Phillip, the son, was attacked by drunken children. Also, the illustrations are comparable to kindergarten finger paintings. In all, a terrible book which no student should have to suffer, but its great for laughs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen en arche, 9. Mai 2000
After reading some of the reviews for this book, I thought a more detailed explanation on some of the references might be helpful.
Athenaze is an excellent textbook, and that is how I used it during my studies of Attic Greek. For this purpose, it works very well. But I must say that it is imperative to have at one's disposal a human resource (read: professor/teacher) who uses the material to convey the knowledge. I agree, it would have been difficult and confusing to use just Athenaze to learn Greek. However, in conjunction with an excellent professor, the text proves more than adequate.
In addition, Goodwin's Grammar (called the G&G in the vernacular) is a phenomenal text to supplement the Middle Liddell mentioned below. Again, I cannot overemphasize the benefit of good instruction for the use of these references.
And to my colleague below, ask a classics professor why the 2nd Aorist is taught before the First. There is a good, logical reason. And yes, my class as well was happy to learn that Dikaopolis's son was beaten blind.
Eleison emas.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too difficult, too early, 4. März 2000
I am studying for Greek GCSE in England, and Athenaze II becomes very difficult after the relative simplicity of book I; around chapters 18/19, the grammar diverges from the syllabus and covers many irrelevant topics which may be of use to American students, but the UK edition is really still geared to the US course (it certainly isn't appropriate in large chunks of grammar and vocab for UK courses).
Book I is extremely useful to those starting to learn ancient Greek, however book II is likely to provide quite a shock to those thinking it is of a similar difficulty to book I: it hikes up the level of comprehension and grammar needed very quickly and to the student's disadvantage. Many segments of grammar are far too complicated for the age range at which Athenaze II is aimed, and some are just totally unnecessary, and serve only to complicate the language.
The difficulty of book II could quite possibly put students off continuing with their Greek courses.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Introduction to Greek, Not a Complete Grammar, 21. Dezember 1999
This book is, as others have pointed out, a bit haphazardly organized and there are a few things that don't make sense. The grammar is very poorly explained in some places. However, despite its short commings, this book provides a good introduction to Attic Greek. The readings provide an easy, comfortable introduction to the language and help to keep the study intersting during the beginning stages of the language acquisition process when it is easy to get frustrated. The book emphasizes learning by using the language (that is reading and translating the passages), a proven method of language acquisition. This book is not sufficient to learn Greek nor is it intended to be, it is a good, well thought out introductory text. If you want to be a Greek scholar you will need another book, if you want to start learning Greek, this is a good place to start.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book to Begin Learning Greek, 20. Januar 2000
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I had this book as my College Greek text. As explained by my teacher it is an inductive learning text, this is different from traditional texts in that it allows you to learn the language as you learned english. (i.e. you learn how to use the passive voice, or the participle, or the plu-perfect before you could name them -- or pick them out of a line-up. . . so to speak). I found it was very helpful and I am now purchasing the book to review in my post graduate years. A very good text if you are brushing up on Greek, or if you are learning with a friend who knows Greek; but learning it from scratch on your own would be difficult with any book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Demeaning and Confusion, 10. März 2000
This is my first year of ancient Greek, and though I can't say it has been deplorable, it certainly has been less than interesting. This is due in no small part to our text, Athenaze. I and my classmates find the stories about Dicaeopolis and his family, although humorous, puerile and insulting. The exercises are repetitive to the point of being monotonous, and the layout of the grammar notes leaves something to be desired. Seeing as I have nothing to compare this book to, it might be the best book for Ancient Greek, but I and the Classics department head (who is not teaching the course) agrees with me when I say I doubt it.
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