Introduction to Greek (2nd ed.)

by Cynthia W. Shelmerdine

Introduction to Greek, Second Edition is an introductory text to Classical Greek. It is designed for the first full year course and it concentrates on the basics in a way that allows the material to be covered easily in courses that meet three times a week over the course of two semesters. The focus of the text is on grammar with slightly altered readings drawn chiefly from the works of Xenophon and Herodotus.

  • Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781585104765
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Introduction to Greek
  • Author: Cynthia W. Shelmerdine
  • Imprint: Focus

In The Press

Shelmerdine's book is extremely well laid-out with clear tables and large, easy-to-read text. Her table of contents is incredibly detailed, making it very easy to find each topic. Her chapter vocabularies are very helpfully divided into two parts: learning and reading, which come under the same heading but are distinguished in an easily recognizable way, since bold type highlights the vocabulary to be learned (words which will appear frequently throughout the book), while the reading/passive vocabulary is displayed in ordinary type. The learning vocabularies are quite short, especially in the later chapters, and do not place too heavy a burden on the beginning student who will want to spend most of his/her time on learning the new grammatical forms presented in each chapter.

—Kirsty Jenkins, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.12.42


About The Author

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is the Robert M. Armstrong Professor of Classics, emerita, at the University of Texas. Her research interests include Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology and Mycenaean Greek. She is the author of Wilding's Greek for Beginners with Focus as well as A Guide to the Palace of Nestor (Princeton 2001).