Markos wrote:There are three ways to answer your question.
1. No, there are no separate composition textbooks that focus on Koine; they are all focused on Attic, but that is okay, because Koine and Attic are not separate languages. These terms really refer only to differences in style. The comp books focus on vocab and forms and constructions that occur often throughout Greek literature, so you cannot go wrong to learn a particle here, an optative there, even a stray dual or two, even though you may not encounter them often in Biblical Greek. If you feel bad that nothing has been produced for Koine composition in the last hundred years, don't feel too bad. Only ONE book has been written PERIOD for Greek composition in the last hundred years,
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Greek-int ... 185399717X
and this too focuses on Attic. Greek comp just is not what it used to be. I have not seen this new book. No preview on Amazon is available. I would be curious to see what it is like, to see how a more modern approach to writing Greek might work, since the standard textbooks of Sedwick and North/Hilliard are so old. Not that old is bad when it comes to Greek resources. In fact, if you browse through Google books, you will find even older books than these, some designed for middle school kids, some that focus on certain books like the Anabasis, that you might find helpful.
2. Christophe Rico's Polis. Rico's book is not a composition book per se, but, in the final analysis, I do not feel comfortable recommending Sedwick or any of the other standard texts. I tried a few of these and they did not work for me. First of all, I found the process of simply translating into Greek long and often boring passes of Victorian English prose very tedious, and I did not find much step by step guiding into the process of composing. And ultimately, I think a book which uses so much English defeats the purpose of writing in Greek, which is intended to produce internalization through immersion in the target language. Rico, on the other hand, has you do some simple composition and he does not use any other language in this process.
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