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Greek: An Intensive Course Hardcover – Jan 15 1992
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Unlike other traditional books, it does not presume a previous knowledge of another inflected language; all the explanations necessary to understand Greek are contained within the book itself.-Languages and Literature ...all the new material is very fully and clearly explained ... so much so that I had hopes that a motivated student would be able to continue on his own ... there are a very large number of drills and practice sentences...-Peter L.D. Reid This is a text of such wonderful clarity that it is a delight for both student and instructor.-Lydia Lenaghan
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Hardy Hansen is Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and at the Latin/Greek Institute of City University of New York. Dr. Gerald M. Quinn was Dean of the College at Lincoln Center, Fordham University.
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On the plus side, though, the basic concepts morphology and syntax are explained very thoroughly and clearly, and the vocabulary notes (usage notes on each individual word, possible alternative meanings, idiomatic uses, etc.) were quite helpful. There were also plenty of drills and reading sentences for practice. Overall, I'd say this book might be well suited to its original purpose - a workshop setting where all of basic grammar is covered in 6 weeks - but for the general reader it is a bit too dense. For the aspiring self-taught Classicist, I'd recommend Mastronarde. I myself ended up switching over to his book after 10 units of Hansen and Quinn, and find it to be better balanced overall, with shorter, more approachable units, and better organized chapter vocabularies.
After just a few weeks of work, I can already see the difference between this text and others: this book assumes that the reader is capable of understanding a language vastly more complicated than English. Having a strong background in Latin and an open mind definitely helps, though; I don't suggest using this text if you lack either of these qualities.
However, if you are planning to work alone, this may not be the best option: the title does not lie when it reads "Intensive." I know that working with a friend has helped me so far, and I can only imagine how much help a qualified instructor would be.
After the first few units, I was already finding myself reading and understanding parts of Plato's Republic and other authentic Greek texts.
Either way, I highly recommend this series over the other Greek texts out there, and i hope you pick this one up.
I do, however, want to stress that this is an intermediate level book, and perhaps should not be the first book one attempts. Its 21 Units cover a great deal of material. Although, no prerequisite knowledge on the part of the reader is assumed by the text, it's explanations are very to the point and concise, which may not be as clear to the novitiate as needs to be. This book does not do any hand-holding to guide the reader through the difficult sections, so to speak. I suggest Clyde Pharr's "Homeric Greek" for the pure beginner, and then this book.
This book will reward you with the effort you put into it.
My only complaint is that it tends to ignore the arts in favor of the philosophy of the Greek culture. I would like to see more Sophocles, Euripides, and other playwrights of the Golden Age of Classical Greece. Language and culture exist together in a symbiosis, and the richness of the language can only be seen in readings from all the major genres, poetry, drama, history, and politics--not just philosophy, and certainly not just one author--namele Plato.
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Greek: An Intensive Course is an excellent book for students of classics and any one who want to learn Ancient Greek for academic purpose.Published 20 months ago by Kambale Nziwa
Greek: An intensive course by Hansen and Quinn is the best Greek textbook I've worked with so far. It explains the grammar you need to know up front and in detail, which is very... Read morePublished on June 9 2011 by Fritz
I am currently using this book to learn Greek with a friend. It is VERY helpful and easy to understand. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003
This book seemed to me popular, so I bought.
It was my first book of Greek, so i cannot compare with other books. But there were some problems in it.
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Other reveiews are too generous for this book.
This book seemed popular, so I bought.
It was my first book of Greek, so i cannot compare with other books. Read more
As complex as Ancient Greek is, trying to organize the key grammatical concepts in an understandable and concise manner is a daunting challenge. Read morePublished on July 16 2002
There are two books in Greek language instruction, "Greek: an Intensive Course," and Clyde Pharr's "Homeric Greek." All others are mere pretenders. Read morePublished on May 23 2002 by Patrick Walsh
I used this book in an extension/evening class at a local college. I quickly got to like and respect it. The book is very pragmatic. It is hard-nosed and hard-headed. Read morePublished on May 13 2002
I began my study @ the University of Washington three months ago and have finished half of the Hansen and Quinn text. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2001 by Brendan Haug
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