Most commonly used Greek words?

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Most commonly used Greek words?

Post by Merus Ipse » Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:31 am


During the summer I have an ambitious plan to memorize some Greek words; verbs, nouns, adverbs, etc.

My problem is that I don't want to waste time memorizing exotic words, technical uses, or jargon. Furthermore I don't feel like randomly reading the Liddell-Scott. For those recommending that I simply read Greek, accumulating a vocabulary as I go along, I am already doing that.

But is there a list or book, of say, the most commonly used 200-300? words in Ancient Greek? (I am primarily interested in Epic and Attic.)


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Post by thesaurus » Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:18 pm

Classical Greek Prose: A Basic Vocabulary ... 457&sr=1-2

This is something I've been waiting to get my hands on. It's 1500 of the most common words, so it's too broad for your study, but I think you could simply use a portion of it. Possibly a selection of nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. I'd love to have all these memorized at some point, that that'll be a while...

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Post by Gonzalo » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:02 pm


Probably you have noticed that the whole word-list is shown at the end of the book from the on-line reader. So, you don't need to buy it. Write down a couple of words in a piece of paper... ten or eleven (as much as you want) to write them down and learn everyday. You will only need to seek for the English word.


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Post by annis » Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:02 am

thesaurus wrote:Classical Greek Prose: A Basic Vocabulary
That's a good one. And the supplemental notes on usage have some very interesting and useful tidbits.

There is a somewhat sparser book for Homer, Homeric Vocabularies by Owen and Goodspeed.

Finally, the old version of Perseus can be made to produce vocabulary lists for particular works, authors or whatever combination you feel like.
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Post by rustymason » Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:08 pm


If anyone needs a Latin list, I have organized Paul Bernard Deidrich's 300 most common Latin words list (
by part of speech: ... bulary.pdf

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Post by Koala » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:50 am


There is of course also the list from Eton


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Post by jk0592 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:01 pm

vir litterarum, thank you for a most useful pointer. I was not aware of this capability within Perseus.
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Post by Merus Ipse » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:51 pm

thanks all,

I appreciate all your help for my vocabulary chore.

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