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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1): Ancient Greek Edition (Ancient Greek) Hardcover – 4 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Ancient Greek edn. edition (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: Ancient Greek
  • ISBN-10: 0747568979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747568971
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children

For further information about J.K. Rowling, please visit her new website: www.jkrowling.com

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It will be a delight to all Classicists . On nearly every page there is some felicity of composition to be admired, some turn of phrase that arouses admiration for the translator. In its entirety, it is an extraordinary work - it is also a wonderfully good read (Theodore Brennan, Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Cornell University) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Ancient Greek edition of J.K. Rowling's classic, reissued with the stunning new Jonny Duddle covers to cultivate a whole new generation of Classics scholars --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JR Anderson on 21 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am not a particular Harry Potter fan, but the appeal of reading this book in Ancient Greek resulted in me rushing out to buy it! From what I can tell, the translation is superb and manages to give the story a definite Greek feel to it, without losing any of its original qualities. It was certainly a challenging read, even with a translation at my side, but I definitely think it was worth it. The book is ideal for learners of Ancient Greek as you will surely increase your vocabulary by reading it. There is also a certain satisfaction that you acquire from understanding such a complex language and I found myself feeling this a lot throughout the book. Unfortunately, I can't imagine there'd be a big demand for such a translation, but if you're mad on Harry Potter then it's worth just purchasing it to add to your collection. And those Greek experts who snigger at the idea of such a translation should really
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Franco Gerevini on 7 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a gem. The translation is gorgeous and brilliant (it really seems that Ancient Greek is Andrew Wilson's mother tongue!). Weird terms like "quidditch" (éêáñïóöáéñéêÞ), "snitch", (öèáóôÝïí), "Hogwarts Express" (ùêýðïñïò õïãïçôéêÞ) and many others were brilliantly rendered according to their meaning. Many cultural difficulties (relationships, time, natural world, colours, noises) were wittily solved.
Mr Wilson rightly attaches importance to details (even in the title: the gender of ëßèïò, which is normally masculine, correctly becomes feminine owing to the fact that we are referring to a special stone: ç ôïõ öéëïóüöïõ ëßèïò).
Style is really classical.
If you are fond of Ancient Greek, buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By irene7 on 11 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hello! I am Greek and I love ancient Greek. In school ancient Greek was one of my favorites subjects and I usually buy books written in ancient Greek.The book arrived on time and I read few passages in order to review the product and I have to say it; it’s a must have book for all ancient Greek lovers. I wanted to purse it the last three years and I do not regret buying it. The translation is really very, very good and for me it was fun to discover the names that the characters or places have in ancient Greek. In my opinion this book can be used from teachers/professors that instruct ancient Greek in order to motivate their students to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Pepona on 9 April 2014
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As a Classics teacher, born in Greece, and huge Harry Potter fan, I thought to buy the Ancient Greek translation of the 1st Harry Potter book. It's really amazing. Very good translated into Ancient Greek!!
A must have for the Harry Potter fans who love and know Ancient Greek!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Mayer on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The translator has performed a Herculean task. And it is a success! Hearty congratulations! I recommend this novel to everyone who loves Ancient Greek. It is not an easy read, but a pleasure of a quite special kind. But of course there are mistakes in it, particularly errors of accentuation. That is a pity; the book should have been proofread more rigorously. That will have to be done better if there is another edition.
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