[B-Greek] Koine to Classical

Andrew Ball anball at gmail.com
Mon May 19 16:56:11 EDT 2008

I'd love to take this "backwards" progression one step further: modern
Greek to koine Greek to Attic Greek.  I don't know how well this would
work for other people, but I strongly suspect that it would be an
excellent way for me to learn more fully.  Discussing Greek texts (of
any age) in modern Greek would be useful for me.


On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 4:18 PM, Randall Buth <randallbuth at gmail.com> wrote:
> James egrapse:
>>Others will undoubtedly have other ideas :) But, I suggest grabbing some
> ...  Lucian (Vera Historia is a blast).
> I would amen. And we can call it by its real name
> First Sci-fi. Travellers to the moon on a boat in a typhoon.
> AND it's 2nd century CE, so I actually want to include this sort of stuff
> in a full KOINH pedagogy. Maybe in our book 5. We will probably want to
> have some of Lucian's Περι της Συριης θεου. Such IONIC! NAI. And some
> of the epic influenced EPIGRAMMATA. We've got a bit of Plutarch in our
> summer course. When a person is done with a full training they want to
> be able to read Greek prose and appreciate some poetry.
> But we can always leave Aristophanes word-smithing for later pleasure
> and Homer is an experience all by itself. And while we can justify the
> including of 'classical' and 'Ionic' and 'epic' structures and selections
> in a KOINH class, a KOINH class cannot dwell on them or do them
> literary justice.
> All of these are really matters of degree. If you read enough KOINH
> you pretty well see what you see in 'classical' Greek, just not in the
> same degree. Josephus uses both KOINH and
> Attic morphology in his verbs and nouns.  DIPSH~ TIS H PEINH~ TIS
> Is anyone thirsty or hungry? [these are indicative ! and turn up in 1st c.
> prose) (from DIPSHN to thirst and PEINHN to hunger) Josephus uses an
> occasional dual. I recently read the PERI ALHQWN DIHGHMATWN and
> remember prisoners being marched off to the Sun with their dual-hands
> tied behind their backs. I don't need to mention EYTIKH optative and
> MELLWN future participles and infinitives, because they are even
> sprinkled throughout the NT, LXX.
> So I would say, read what you want to read. You will slowly absorb the
> whole language. And set your goal the ability to discuss in Greek
> the texts you read, though your discussion need not be in the same
> dialect. A plain KOINH is fine for discussing the ornamental
> And think about it,
> KOINH to classical was practiced by people like Luke and Paul,
> Josephus and Epiktetos.
> ERRWSO 'be well'
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Andrew D. Ball
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