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Teach Yourself Ancient Greek (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)
Teach Yourself Ancient Greek (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)
by Gavin Betts
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful resource, but not a complete course, 9 April 2007
This book may appear to overload the complete beginner with accidence (that is the word endings) and there are many substantial tables of noun declension and verb charts, but the fact of the matter is that these are unavoidable and essential for the comprehension of even the most basic of Ancient greek texts so to ommit or dilute them would be unwise.

This book lacks enough grammatical depth in some instances and focuses heavily of describing the syntax etc. rather than explaining it which may lead to some confusion but to make up for this it provides the reader with a very well-rounded and complete set of vocabulary (particularly for complete beginners) and most of the texts are drawn from original sources.

By the end of the course you are reading original and unadapted texts, which is after all the main reason of studying this ancient language.

If used alongside another course, for example Reading Greek or equivilant, it proves to be a helpful reference tool and alternative to other texts.


Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ritchie Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful guide, 4 Feb. 2006
I bought this book in order to gain a quick insight into the works and workings of one of the most enigmatic authors in German literature.
I was under immense time pressure to learn about Kafka before a forthcoming university interview so this book was ideal as it wasted no time and got straight into analysing and evaluating his stories as well as giving a brief historical background to aid understanding of the sometimes challenging texts.
Kafka has become one of my favourite authors and even though i have now read nearly all of the published works of Kafka, i still reference this great little book all the time.
It and the others in the series are fantastic little books which are very good value and excellent resources!!!


Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
by Aristophanes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy!, 30 Dec. 2005
Aristophanes was the greatest comedian in the ancient Greek world and this play is, without a doubt, his most entertaining work.
Having recently read books on the role of women in ancient Greek society, it was great to read a play with a women protagonist and the solution to the war was an ingenious one - a sex strike!!! This play is very funny and very worth reading.


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