An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose

It seems that Eleanor Dickey (the author of the superb volume, Ancient Greek scholarship: A Guide to finding, reading, and understanding scholia, commentaries, lexica, and grammatical treatises, from their beginnings to the Byzantine Period) has written a book on Ancient Greek prose composition. She’s a classicist whose knowledge and experience would be most certainly make me interested in her perspective on the topic, not merely for writing prose, but for her understanding of Ancient Greek sentence structure.

Ancient Greek Prose Composition by Eleanor Dickey

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521184258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521184250

Publisher’s blurb:

Why learn to write in a dead language? Because a really good understanding of a language can only be attained by using it actively. Unlike earlier textbooks aimed at schoolboys, this work addresses modern adults who want to understand concepts fully as they learn. Drawing on recent scholarship where appropriate and assuming no prior background except some reading knowledge of Greek, the course combines a structured review of paradigms and vocabulary with clear and comprehensive explanations of the rules of Greek syntax. Large numbers of exercises are provided, both with and without key: a complete set of cumulative exercises and another set of non-cumulative exercises for those who prefer to dip into specific sections. The exercises include, as well as English sentences and paragraphs for translation, Greek sentences and passages for translation, analysis, and manipulation. A full English-Greek vocabulary and list of principal parts are included.

Of course, until the volume is published, I won’t be able to speak decisively about its value, but I have greatly benefited from the author’s previous work and look forward to perusing this new one.

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