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Classical Greek Phrasebook

Postby jadebono » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:28 pm


anyone know of an Attic Phrasebook which I can buy? I'm doing Greek composition and I don't know enough idioms. I need something like C. Meissner's Latin Phrasebook - something to stop me writing stuff like hama to xeimoni.

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Postby Gonzalo » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:53 pm

Franmorar is publishing a series of Greek conversational phrases at the Agora.

Verus enim amor semper tempore tristi elucescit magis. (Philipp Melanchthon: Decl. de studiis Linguæ Græcæ)
Quin age, si quid habes (P. Vergilii Maronis Ecloga III:52)
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Postby spiphany » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:48 am

well, there's Auden's Greek Phrase Book (googlebooks). I haven't used this enough to speak for its usefulness - my impression is some of the material is fairly complex, perhaps not what you want at this point.

If you read German, you could also take a look at Altgriechisch im Alltag (googlebooks) which has good coverage of basic idiomatic phrases.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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