[B-Greek] Other Reading

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Sep 12 16:39:13 EDT 2007


On Sep 12, 2007, at 4:09 PM, Ed Garcia wrote:

> Carl,
>
> In your most recent posting, discussing the learning of Biblical  
> Greek,
> you wonder whether or not students should read
>
> "Greek texts that are not familiar to them but that are comparable and
> at least coeval with the Biblical Greek text"
>
> What other texts would you suggest? The Apostolic Fathers come  
> instantly
> to mind but what other documents should be considered?

Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Philo, Josephus, Lucian, Plutarch, to  
name just a few. To be sure, Lucian and Plutarch belong to what's  
called the "Second Sophistic" and their Greek tends to be  
"Atticizing" -- but the fact is that, as Caragounis has rightly  
insisted, the Greek language has had, throughout just about its  
entire history, both a popular, looser style of writing (call it  
Demotic or Koine or whatever) and a more elevated style of writing  
taught in the schools (call it Classical or Atticizing or Purist or  
whatever).

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Ret)




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