Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

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Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by Barry Hofstetter » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:43 pm

https://ancientgreek.pressbooks.com

Is anyone familiar with this? I've just spot checked here and there, but it looks like it might be quite useful.
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Re: Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by Sofronios » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:25 am

just read the first pages.. it teaches the -μι verbs as introductions.. curious to read the rest..
I wonder if the same site gives Latin textbook also
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Re: Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by malolosgreencat » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:54 pm

Is there any verdict now for how good this book is?

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Re: Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by Manuel » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:25 am

It looks fairly decent for a free textbook. I'm not fond of the optative not being addressed until the final chapter, though.

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Post by C. S. Bartholomew » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:30 pm

I will give it a somewhat tentative thumbs up.

Order of presentation leaves something to be desired. First several lessons dive into stuff that could be eliminated entirely, e.g., accents, phonology, enclitics. Greek geek trivia. The Greek article appears to be buried in the chapter on pronouns. Perhaps I missed it somewhere else.
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Re: Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by Manuel » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:20 am

C. S. Bartholomew wrote:I will give it a somewhat tentative thumbs up.

Order of presentation leaves something to be desired. First several lessons dive into stuff that could be eliminated entirely, e.g., accents, phonology, enclitics. Greek geek trivia. The Greek article appears to be buried in the chapter on pronouns. Perhaps I missed it somewhere else.
The articles appear to be introduced in the chapter "The Greek Noun: Masculine." The lack of an index isn't appealing, and though there is a search feature I think many people will find it to be inadequate. I would say this book might be a good place for an absolute beginner to start, but that truly learning the language will require reading the more established textbooks. Speaking from experience, reading both books of Athenaze, which is considered a user-friendly textbook, didn't adequately teach me Greek. I didn't truly learn to read the language until completing Hansen & Quinn front to back and reading a full-length Greek text without the assistance of a beginner reader.

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Post by C. S. Bartholomew » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:49 pm

Manuel wrote: I would say this book might be a good place for an absolute beginner to start ...
I pulled up Crosby and Schaeffer in Google books and immediately noticed some very striking similarities. Obviously the medium is different but the underlying pedagogy? I'm not sure. Somewhat like walking through a Victorian house that was remodeled in 2015.
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Re: Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone

Post by Barry Hofstetter » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:37 pm

C. S. Bartholomew wrote: I pulled up Crosby and Schaeffer in Google books and immediately noticed some very striking similarities. Obviously the medium is different but the underlying pedagogy? I'm not sure. Somewhat like walking through a Victorian house that was remodeled in 2015.
Yes, it has grammatical explanations, examples and exercises designed specifically to emphasize the grammar and syntax of the particular section. That's a lot like C&S and any other more traditional primer. I would like to see more extensive exercises and connected readings. It's not perfect, but I could easily see it as one of the texts being used by self learners. I thought the various explanations were very clear and helpful.
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