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Greek Grammar Paperback – 25 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Benediction Classics (25 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849027773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849027779
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firstly, thank you to other reviewers: it would be all too easy to buy the denigrated photographic reprint if you click on the wrong purchase option. I contacted the seller to make sure I was receiving the Harvard edition. As another reviewer mentioned, it is beautifully printed and bound, stitched, and with Greek and English indexes. Gordon Messing did an admirable job with the revision, and the quality of the print and binding reflects the importance of this work.
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Format: Hardcover
Smyth's Greek Grammar is the standard handbook of Greek Grammar. It was first published in 1918 and can seem slightly old-fashioned, but it is easy to use and has sections on every phenomenon found in the Greek: declensions, verbs, cases, syntax, clauses, morphology etc.etc. Moreover, there is a useful section with figures of speech, lists of verbs, and, of course, numerous examples drawn from Classical writers.
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Beware: there are two different products on offer here.

The black photo is the 2010 Benediction Classics edition. It is just a photographic reproduction (dot-matrix-printed!) of the 1918 first edition (510 pages, "perfect-bound"). It's the same price as the latest edition (see below). 1 star.

The brown photo is of the 1984 Harvard copyright-renewed edition. It was revised by Gordon Messing in 1956; it has 784 beautifully sewn together pages. It's definitely better than Goodwin and worth every penny. 5 stars.
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I should be surprised were someone to learn the Greek language from scratch using only this book as their grammar tutorial. It is simply too detailed for this purpose.

In conjunction with a smaller, more user-friendly grammar, however, it shines. Once you've learned the basics of a subject, you can use this to supplement and increase your efficacy in the chosen subject. For example, pages 313 to 337 detail the various uses of the genitive case, including possession, partitive, quality, explanation, cause and crime & accountability.

Smyth provides a hefty amount of accidence, although the cases follow Nom, Gen, Dat, Acc, Voc rather than the N V A G D that I would normally expect to encounter. The dual is explicitly catered for, instead of the passing footnotes many of the modern text books seem to espouse.

In summary, I should not recommend buying this book first. Invest in a smaller grammar and familiarise yourself with it before obtaining this weighty tome.
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Format: Hardcover
Not particularly user-friendly, but contains the answer to every possible question on Greek grammar - and with the aid of the index it's fairly easy to track down the information you need. Possibly a bit daunting for beginners, but invaluable for improvers.
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For the first time, I have been thoroughly disappointed by a purchase from Amazon, not because of the content of the book, which is a well-accredited standard text, but because of the abysmally poor quality of the paper and printing, barely legible in places. I wonder if it would have been better to have bought the more expensive hard-back version; such a decision reminds me that in certain aspects traditional bookshops still have a definite advantage over Amazon.
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