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A good university coursebook
on 12 January 2004
A handful of the reviews written before this one said what an awful book Athenaze is, however those reviews were written by GCSE students.
If you're a younger student, studying for GCSE or A Level Greek, this is most probably not the book for you, unless you have a good grasp of most languages. Of course, what your teachers set the course texts as you have little control over, but it seems fairly evident to me, as a university student looking at going in to lecturing (and hopefully teaching Ancient Greek) that it is not suitable for anyone lower than university level.
That said, I feel this course book is an excellent aid for those at university wishing to study Ancient Greek. It starts with the very basics, but seeming quite advanced to the student, the first few pages including half a page of continuous (simple) Greek text. The course matter is, until around unit 5 or so, terribly dull (trust me in that you will get bored of Dikaiopolis and his plough), but you have to start somewhere, and I don't know of any course books with better material!
The flow of the book is sometimes slightly strange, in that e- and a- contracted verbs are introduced very early on, while participles are introduced later, however the coverage of all subjects (in whatever order they're in) is always good.
In summary, I feel this course (both books I & II) to be ideal for undergraduates & postgradutes to get a fairly firm understanding of Ancient Greek, however I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone studying Greek at secondary school.