Thanks for your reply, IreneY!
I of course asked this question (which must be quite popularly asked?) not simply out of curiosity, but as beginning for myself in understanding just where I should begin in my quest to learn classical Greek.
So it almost sounds like, if you can read and speak and understand modern Greek, you should be able to 'get the gist' of an old classical text?
I myself am interested in both Latin and Greek, and I have already embarked on my journey with Latin (and find it quite enjoyable) I have not yet actively begun my journey with Greek, beyond starting to collect some resources, and post on this forum.
With Latin, to my knowledge, there seem to be fewer changes in the language we all call Latin. There were some minor changes I've been made aware of dating to around the reign of Augustus, however not so many. And that is about all the 'classical Latin' readers need to be aware of, unless you are trying to translate some older 'texts' , of which there aren't as many.
In Latin, there are also two main ways to pronounce; according to ecclesiastic methods, and the classical, as one would learn at school (i think). However, this is independent from any actual change in the language itself.
Then of course there are the many derivative languages of Latin, the romance languages; French, Spanish, Italian etc.
However, my intention in learning Latin was, besides the fun of doing so, to be able to read classical Latin texts, to be able read the words of Caesar, to be able to read some of the words one finds on many old ruins next time I visit the roman forum
And while I don't exclude myself from learning a 'romance language' with which I can actually talk to a large population of people who live today (in fact, i'm learning spanish on the side), that is not my purpose in learning 'Latin'.
Here are my questions after a much to long winded introduction
In my quest to learn some classical Greek, which is in order to read and understand classical texts such as those written by Socrates (for example):
1. would it be advisable to learn modern Greek first?
2. Having then learned and become reasonably proficient in modern Greek would the classical texts already be comprehensible?
3. If a time machine were to be a scientific fact, and we were to beam Socrates to the present time, would HE be able to understand the written modern Greek language?
4. Can anyone suggest some good beginning texts?
I have heard these JACT books are good?
Thanks and kind regards to all you friendly readers out there!