First Greek Book

First Greek Book (39868 downloads)

Download this free beginner’s Classical Greek textbook.   Just as the name says, First Greek Book is a beginning Greek textbook.  Historically, this book was intended for American students of the age of about 15 who had already had at least one year of Latin.  The book is intended for learners with no Greek experience and it prepares students to read Xenophon’s Anabasis. It contains 80 lessons and the appendix lists rules of syntax, paradigms, principal parts of important verbs and vocabulary. After this book, the publishers intended students to then move on to Goodwin’s Greek Grammar and First Four Books of Xenophon’s Anabasis.

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12 Responses to First Greek Book

  1. Sean+ says:

    I am only to lesson 18, but am finding this book quite helpful. Having had several years of Latin (though quite long ago — it was not, when I was in school, a “dead” language, but quite current) and some experience with the first few lessons of a Koine Greek textbook, I am finding it perfectly understandable. It might, however, cause a problem for a self-learner without some Latin or similar experience. But if there was someone around to help out a bit at the beginning, it could quite possibly work.

    For the person whose mind appreciates the straight-forwardness and succinctness typical of older language textbooks, and with some Latin, I would recommend White’s book.

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    I really need this particular book.


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  4. Super says:

    Thanks for letting us download it for free!

  5. lillyanlilac says:

    thank you for making this resource available!

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  7. Nick says:

    I love that the author assumes that I know Latin. It makes life a little easier for me :p

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  9. Amy-Rose says:

    You don’t need to sign up to WordPress if you have an iPhone and the iBooks app, you just need to tap the PDF file and go open in iBooks.

  10. tuan anh says:

    page 16 and 17 of vocabulary part are missing. Can someone help 🙁

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