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Athenaze, Book I

An Introduction to Ancient Greek

Maurice Balme Gilbert Lawall The late James Morwood



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Oxford University Press
11 January 2016
Combining the best features of traditional and modern methods, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek 3/e, provides a unique, bestselling course of instruction that allows students to read connected Greek narrative right from the begining and guides them to the point where they can begin reading complete classical texts. Carefully designed to hold students' interest, the course begins in Book I with a fictional narrative about an Attic farmer's family placed in a precise historical context (423-431 B.C.). This narrative, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars, gradually gives way in Book II to adapted passages from Thucydides, Plato, and Herodotuc and ultimately to excerpts of the original Greek of Bacchylides, Thucudides, and Aristophanes' Acharnians. Essays on relevant aspects of ancient Greek culture and history are also woven throughout.
By:   Maurice Balme, Gilbert Lawall, The late James Morwood
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 192mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   734g
ISBN:   9780190607661
ISBN 10:   0190607661
Publication Date:   11 January 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Athenaze, Book I: An Introduction to Ancient Greek

Athenaze, Books I and II, presents a thoughtful, reading-based approach to learning ancient Greek. Both books are interspersed with superbly written cultural and historical essays that introduce readers to the signature characteristics of Greek culture. Stephen Esposito, Boston University I have found Athenaze's methodology successful with today's broad range of student learning styles and varied levels of language sophistication. Elizabeth A. Fisher, George Washington University Athenaze is an excellent adaptation of the reading approach for ancient Greek, with excellent Greek readings. Nicholas Rynearson, University of Georgia The approach is student friendly, the readings are varied and interesting, and the grammatical explanations are clear. Laurie Cosgriff, Portland State University Athenaze is the best text for learning ancient Greek. Period. George Rudebusch, Northern Arizona University The storyline and characters of the text readily draw students into the language and culture of the Greeks. Athenaze is arguably the best first-year Greek text on the market. Richard L. Phillips, Virginia Tech University

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