[b-greek] Re: Attic and Homeric Greek vs. Koine

From: Ann Nyland (accuratebibles@accuratebibles.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!

Ann Nyland

----- Original Message -----
From: "porson" <porson@ix.netcom.com>
To: "Ann Nyland" <accuratebibles@accuratebibles.com>; "Biblical Greek"
Sent: Sunday, 24 February 2002 2:41
Subject: Re: [b-greek] Re: Attic and Homeric Greek vs. Koine

> Well,
> 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.
> Porson

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