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Greek: An Intensive Course

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The first edition of this extremely popular two volume Greek text has been successfully adopted in many high schools and colleges; the organization and approach used by the authors, make it an equally effective tool for those who would enjoy learning the language on their own.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 868 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Fordham University Press (first published February 1st 1985)
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Matt Fox
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hardy Hansen, the coauthor or this textbook, was my instructor for one semester of the Greek Courses at Brooklyn College. It was privilege and a delight to have an author teach from a textbook used in colleges around the nation. The approach to Ancient Greek in this text was not merely so learn declensions and conjugations of nouns and verbs, but also to show how the language works on a linguistic level. Learning Greek was useful, believe it or not, to not only gain insight into a lost world but ...more
globulon
Sep 25, 2010 marked it as try-again-later
Shelves: books-i-own, language
Bought for class on ancient Greek. I have tried for a number of years now to learn ancient Greek on my own. I have made some limited progress. I found the Athenaze book to be pretty user friendly. The problem is that I would go through spurts where I would work on it pretty intensively for a while and then I would end up getting distracted. By the time I would get back to it I would basically need to start from scratch. I finally decided that with my last year as an undergrad ( I have already fi ...more
Briana Grenert
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Today is my last day of TNT Greek with Professor Sieglman and Rj.
It was been a year. An adventure. With Hansen and Quinn as our faithful companions. We kind of obsessed over this textbook - even dressing up as the authors and characters from example sentences for Halloween and the classics spooky story reading.
This textbook is intense, well organized - sometimes, it feels like important information is tucked away. The entire class was a whirlwind. We actually finished the textbook around sprin
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Alexander Wood
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I took ancient Greek in college and, several years after graduation, used this book as a refresher course.

+ It's written in a very no-nonsense style, which is helpful in that the explanations don't distract or get in the way of comprehension. There's also no bits about ancient Greek culture. It's all language, all the time.

+ "Intensive" in the title is not an exaggeration. You'll learn all the rules, all the exceptions to the rules, and all the weird anomalies of the language that you'd have to
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J. Alfred
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The amount of stars in my review is totally arbitrary; I've never read another forigen language textbook, so I have nothing to compare it to. Some of it was irritating: this book seemed to be composed of about %40 bare lists and charts, and its best advice seemed to be to memorize everthing. I've never wanted to be a computer so badly. And yet, I have no idea how else one is supposed to learn a dead language, so the irritation is, I suppose, a necessary one. And I'm now much closer to actual com ...more
Peter
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
The grammar explanations in this book are extensive and great.

My only complaint is that they aren't any answers to the exercises in the book except for the unit self-exams. This makes it hard for those learning outside the classroom like myself.

Oh yea let me add that this book isn't really exciting unless you're really serious about learning Greek. It's a think volume without graphics, color or humor.
Mitch
May 31, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: geek, languages
Would like to learn Greek again.
Tarek Zaher
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The process of going through this book is painful and oftentimes feels impossible. However, it works. The vocabulary and grammar remain, miraculously, in your head long after you learn them. Hansen and Quinn's organization of the concepts at first seems confusing, but gradually makes more and more sense as you go along. Furthermore, the drills, exercises, and excerpts they produce for you to practice those concepts are helpful, cumulative (so you never forget earlier concepts you learned), and i ...more
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Thomas
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This textbook is intensive indeed, but excellent. The instruction is presented with a great deal of care and precision, and the exercises are finely tailored to instill fundmentals. (The exercises are also fairly difficult, which leads to the common complaint about the lack of an answer key.) It's really a classroom textbook written with the assumption that a teacher will be available to correct students' mistakes, but taken slowly and carefully it can be used by the self-learner as well. That s ...more
Donald
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm teaching a friend Greek this summer using Hansen and Quinn. This is not the textbook I learned Greek with, but I decided to use it.

It does not waste any time - it jumps right into the subjunctive and optative! I've never taught someone a language before, so I might use this review as a running commentary on how it goes.
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Intensive and it works
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