Adelheid wrote:Hi James,
I would personally advise you to go for Herodotus.
Herodotus does sound fascinating. He wrote in ionic, right? Would it not be better to learn attic first? But if I do decide on Herodotus, which work of his would you recommend?
Gratias tibi ago,
Clearly the Istoriai my friend. I wouldn't personally recommend Herodotos myself, the stories are interesting but as you said, it's Ionic rather than Attic. I'm personally on my second year of intensive Greek, on a reading course and I think I can add some recommendations from one student to another:
1) It depends entirely on your interest. If you want Plato stuff like the Apologia is REALLY accessible. Xenophon is easy, some may find it boring but it's GOOD ATTIC prose and I think gives a solid foundation. Lucan's True History has been mentioned, also rather fun. Lysias, I can't believe no one has mentioned him, relatively simple with some entertaining moments. Believe it or not after a while Euripides is not SO far out of your reach, true there are a few weird words and the word order is more awkward than prose but with time it's doable.
2) You don't HAVE to read a whole text! This is often overlooked! Get a good reader, give yourself a grounding in a variety of authors and styles, I think this is infinitely more rewarding at the beginning.