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Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby seneca2008 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:38 am

Viviparidus and bedwere have produced a Greek comic strip based on Lucian's Dialogues: Promethei et Iovis here. Some found the Greek a bit challenging. I have discovered through a review in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review that Faenum Publishing have produced what looks to be a helpful book: "Evan Hayes, Stephen Nimis, Lucian's Dialogues of the Gods. An Intermediate Greek Reader. Greek text with running vocabulary and commentary."

This can be downloaded as a free pdf here. You can also order a paperback version for $13. Other texts from Lucian are also available, as well as some Galen and Plutarch.

They are obviously not full scale commentaries but some help is better than no help.
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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby Manuel » Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:57 am

I read Lucian's True Stories through the Nimis & Hayes edition. It had a couple mistakes but it was a fun book and surprisingly intelligent. I didn't get most of the philosophical references.

Here is a helpful supplement to the text which includes references to Smyth: http://dcc.dickinson.edu/lucian-true/introduction
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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby MarkAntony198337 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:15 am

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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby bcdavasconcelos » Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:13 am

Manuel wrote:I read Lucian's True Stories through the Nimis & Hayes edition. It had a couple mistakes but it was a fun book and surprisingly intelligent. I didn't get most of the philosophical references.

Here is a helpful supplement to the text which includes references to Smyth: http://dcc.dickinson.edu/lucian-true/introduction


Thank you. Thats a very useful website.
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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby jeidsath » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:13 am

I enjoy reading Lucian's Dialogues in W.H.D. Rouse's version, along with his notes in (Attic) Greek. He lightly Atticizes Lucian's text, and simplifies some rare words. It is a great deal of fun.

I was reading the Judgement of Paris today and noticed that Rouse edited it to remove Paris' request for the Goddesses to strip, and also removed a few of the racier bits. If you are a purist, the notes themselves remain useful even if you use the Perseus text. Although it may be easier to do a first read of each dialogue in Rouse's text, and then a second read in the Perseus version.

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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby akhnaten » Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:17 am

These are good editions, and I think they make for good transition texts for people who learned Koine and are now working their ways through Attic textbook. I was unaware of these PDFs, and had checked out Lucian's A True Story from the local uni a little while back. Thanks for the link.
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Re: Intermediate Greek readers Lucian

Postby julflav » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:35 pm

I was looking for this book and the notes, could not find it anywhere else: the google books editions have been removed for download.

Then I stumbled upon here. I am really amazed with the work and effort you put in saving such beautiful documents. Really appreciated!
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