10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Leviathon of a reference book.,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Greek Grammar (Hardcover)
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.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 19 May 2010 12:11:09 BDT
Thanks for pointing out the case order! I wouldn't want to use a book with that order, no matter how good.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 15:14:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2011 15:57:14 BDT
Fuficius Fango says:
It doesn't take long to get used to, but I suppose if you are still at the stage where you are reciting the declensions, it's an insurmountable obstacle. But if you are still at this stage, then Smyth is too advanced for you.
It's the original German case order: der Werfall, der Wesfall, der Wemfall, der Wenfall (NGDA) (then, Wiki contra, you get Ruf, Woher, Orts (faelle): - Vocative, Ablative (of separation), Locative).
Admittedly, when we learnt German at school, the case order was (Kennedy's, so Wiki) NAGD!
I have always used Goodwin's Greek Grammar (mainly due to inertia, though), which contains Kennedy's case order, so that's what I'd recommend if you insist. Smyth is probably better than Goodwin, but I only very rarely discover proof of this. Smyth isn't the be-all-and-end-all, btw: - try Kuehner-Gehrt-Blass in three volumes if you want a headache!
‹ Previous 1 Next ›