[B-Greek] Other Reading

Ed Garcia Ed.Garcia at FHLBTopeka.com
Wed Sep 12 16:44:34 EDT 2007

Thank you.

Ed in Kansas

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[mailto:b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Carl W. Conrad
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Other Reading

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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