Re: Re: Greek Font

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Feb 18 1998 - 07:41:38 EST

The JACT _Reading Greek_ is in fact the textbook that I regularly use in
our two-semester Beginning Greek class at Washington U. I like it very much
because it depends heavily upon reading huge chunks of text and is aimed
fundamentally at developing reading skills rather than parsing skills
(which a lot of texts teach students to do well but make the unwarranted
assumption that knowing how to parse is all one really needs to read
Greek). The programs that Karl Schulte speaks of are freeware, Macintosh
format only, and readily available at the author's (Matt Neuburg, erst a
professor of Greek, now primarily a writer on software for TidBITS, the
weekly Mac newsletter) website:

At 9:41 PM -0600 2/17/98, wrote:
>Fellow B-Greek lister's,
>I just wrote a note to a member, and decided that it may be of wider interest.
>I have been using a nice set of programs from England (?) that are accessories
>to the JACT Greek classes/books. Although not Koine, they could be of use for
>those with wider Greek interests, and could be modified by those who are
>skilled in programming to add in NT words, etc.
>The JACT is the Joint Assoc. of Classics Teachers, of the UK (and
>commonwealth, I think). Although they list cases in an odd way and not in
>the N/G/D/A/V sacred order (sacred because my Latin Prof. said it was)
>they have produced a very fine set of course materials, one of which is
>"Reading Greek". I took a year of this and was reading text fairly soon, and
>enjoying it more than with most textbooks I've seen (the volume from Australia
>by Dr. Reverend Powers an exception and exceptional). In any case, there is a
>flash card type of prigram alined to there courses, as well as a really neat
>Plato Reader. This latter presents a chapter or two of typical Plato's works,
>and, on the off hand chance one should be unsure of a word, a tense, etc., by
>merely double clicking on it, it is parsed in a side window. Definition,
>case, tense and related info is provided. If anyone is interested, it is on
>several websites, by searching for "JACT" or "J.A.C.T." or "Reading Greek" or
>Plato Reader should find a site. I will review the "read me" and see if it is
>freeware; if so, I'll send a follow up with either URL or the program attached
>(if it will go through this list system).
>Best Regards
>Karl Schulte

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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