From: Ann Nyland (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 23:44:23 EST
Well, that's a good idea too. I wouldn't agree that the differences are less
than people make of them, as I once spent a rather hideous year writing a
dissertation on the differences, but when learning for fun, the differences
wouldn't be such an issue.
I admit my only reason for choosing Attic first was bias as I myself was
taught that way, and taught others that way. I think there are good reasons,
but I'll admit I am biased. I would still suggest that Lysias and Xenophon
are easier than Homer for a beginner - but that's just my view.
The poetry and architectural structure are indeed memory spurs, but the
purpose is not to recite or remember the text, but rather to learn it!
----- Original Message -----
From: "porson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Ann Nyland" <email@example.com>; "Biblical Greek"
Sent: Sunday, 24 February 2002 2:41
Subject: Re: [b-greek] Re: Attic and Homeric Greek vs. Koine
> I guess I'll weigh in somewhat differently. I follow the method of the
> Jesuit secondary schools: Homeric Greek and Homer first. Reasons: useful
> vocabulary, interesting story, easy transition to attic forms and
> authors. The distance between Homer and the Attic authors is actually
> less than is often made of it, especially when the progress is forward
> rather than backward, and the nature of the writing makes for rapid
> development of fluency, as well as rapid absorption of vocabulary. The
> poetry and its formulaic structure provide a more than adequate spur to
> the memory.
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