thesaurus wrote:Do you know anything more about this book? Is it an Ancient Greek reader for Greeks? I've just started look at it and it seems extremely useful. Like the Italian Athenaze but without the marginal aides. What are the notes on individual words? Are they just synonyms? Is all of the book Attic Greek or is modern mixed in there?
It seems to be a Grade 7 high school text book from long ago in '64. In those times in official contexts, puristic Greek was used instead of Modern Greek, and, the notes seem to be in puristic Greek. Since sometime in the 1970s, puristic Greek ceased to be used in many of its previous contexts (the Patriarchate is an exception, but it is of course located in Constantinople, not Greece proper). I do believe that many works of non-fiction from the 1970s and earlier are written in puristic Greek, so it's definitely a useful skill to be able to read it. I wonder if the younger generation in Greece can read puristic Greek. I would guess so. Since Modern Greek is my third language (
) I'd welcome any native Greek speaker to shed any light on any of my comments.
Maybe somewhere in that list of books there is a Ancient Greek reader with Modern Greek notes so you could do a comparison.
EDIT1: Actually the reader has in section 2 (page 97 in the text, 101 in Adobe Reader) texts written entirely in puristic Greek. Honestly I'm not sure what the purpose of these texts are, as they are in an Ancient Greek reader. Section 3 has notes written in puristic Greek related to the Ancient Greek text in section 1. Section 2 is highly curious to me.
ἀλλ' ἔγωγε ἐξ αὐτῶν τούτων μᾶλλον αὐτὸν τεθαύμακα, ὅτι ἔν τε ἀλλοκότοις καὶ ἐν ἐξαισίοις πράγμασι αὐτός τε διεγένετο καὶ τὴν ἀρχὴν διεσώσατο. Dio LXXII 36.3