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Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek
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on 5 December 2017
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on 5 October 2017
easy to negotiate
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on 14 April 2014
I am doing a great course Greek to GCSE by John Taylor and wanted some quick reference. Unfortunately information about participles are very limited in the Oxford grammar. I didn't expect such big omission in a branded publication. You will not learn from this book how to form future participle and others. So what's the point of buying it?
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on 25 June 2014
An excellent feature in this grammar is the use of macrons to distinguish ᾱ, ῡ and ῑ. As much of Classical Greek is in the form of poetry, it is necessary to be able to identify the long vowels to scan the metre. It is not meant to be a definitive work; for this you will have to resort to Smyth or Goodwin; but as a lightweight primer covering the basic essentials it is good value for money.
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on 11 December 2015
Excellent. Better for Greek > English than English > Greek.
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on 13 May 2006
It does what it says on the title page. It isn't Ancient Greek for Dummies; it's a concise grammar of Athenian greek with some nods towards other (e.g. Homeric) dialects.

Reference is generally easy, thanks to decent indexes. Rather less than half the text is devoted to declensions and conjugations etc. and the other, bigger part to the various constructions. There is even a section on easily confused words.

Incidentally, it is the course grammar used by the Open University for one of its courses.

As a compact reference book to supplement a course, or just to look up tricky points when reading, it is very highly commended.
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on 27 October 2001
As readers of the companion Latin grammar would expect, this work is practical,concise and well-ordered. Morwood assumes no previous knowledge of inflected languages; he explains basic concepts such as nouns and cases with the same clarity and lack of condescension that he brings to the more difficult features of verbs, such as mood and aspect. Technical grammatical terms are explained in the opening glossary. The emphasis thoughout is practical. Morwood boldly omits the rare future perfect tense. While he necessarily devotes space to accidence (concisely defined as "the area of grammar dealing with endings"), his object is to teach the student to understand and write Greek. Each construction is accompanied by several examples which enable the student to do the two-way translation exercises at the end of each chapter. He has useful lists of easily confused words and tips for students, a glossary of literary terms (very handy for those who cannot remember what metonymy means), an overview of Homeric dialect and New Testament Greek and a fascinating discussion of the pronunciation of Greek through the ages. We can look forward to Morwood replacing Abbott and Mansfield as the standard school and university grammar.
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on 27 April 2010
I am writing this review whilst buying my second copy of the book. Not because the first copy is too dilapidated for further use but only because I would hate to think the book might go out of print and I might then lose my current print.

This book is my constant companion as it is so portable. It bears all the merits that the other reviewers have praised and in addition an advantage which none has mentioned. The book is packed with quotations from the classic authors with English translations, illustrative of the grammatical points that are being made. This advantage renders the work a fascinating resource unlike any other tutors most of which are basically school books not intended to be "cribbed". If you want to read classic Greek (and begin quoting from the classics!)then make this your next purchase. I heartily recommend it.
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on 21 October 2015
Understandable and easy to use.
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on 21 January 2003
This is a good all-round grammar, with a very user-friendly layout and a decent, but not comprehensive, list of irregular verbs and their forms. There is a English-Greek section at the back, which is a very helpful feature for the beginner. Be aware though, that this edition is not very well bound and has to be treated with great care, otherwise it will fall apart. 11 out of 15 students in my class last year suffered this. That aside, it is a very useful concise grammar.
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