Re: grammars: Hewett, Voelz, etc.

From: Edward Hobbs (
Date: Mon May 18 1998 - 13:53:15 EDT


Chuck, Mary, and Edgar have all plugged Hansen and Quinn as an introduction
to Attic Greek. So do I; I can also support the JACT texts (CUP). We
have used both at Wellesley. The archives contain my comments a couple
of years ago about these texts, and also a notice about _From Alpha to
Omega_ by Anne H. Groton, Revised Edition plus corrections (important!),
published by Focus Information Group, Newburyport, MA. I haven't taught
this last, but it seems wonderfully designed and arranged, and the readings
are nothing less than marvelous--beginning with lots of Aesop's Fables,
then "adapted" passages from Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, even Thucydides
and (believe it not not) the Gospel of John.

Edward Hobbs

PS-- And I totally support Edgar Krentz's peroratio:

" Any suggestion that Koine--by which people on this list too
often mean Greek in the NT, an extremely short-sighted view-- is
somehow or other a unique language without continuity with the whole
history of Greek is just plain wrong. It deserves to be banished from
b-greek into Limbo. Pardon the homiletical comment, possibly preaching
to the choir. "

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