[B-Greek] Pithy citations from Denniston's Greek Prose Style

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Oct 27 07:06:56 EDT 2009

Michael Gilleland, self-styled "Laudator Temporis Acti" whom I prefer  
to call the "old curmudgeon," has assembled some gems from J. D.  
Denniston's posthumously-published little book, "Greek Prose Style."  
Some may know of Denniston as the creator of a classic work on "Greek  
Particles" (for a copy of which I'm still grateful to another old  
curmudgeon who once haunted this list, Clay Bartholomew). For my part,  
I am particularly fond of the little commentary on Aeschylus'  
Agamemnon that Denys Page completed; considering its scope, it goes  
far to illuminate a very difficult but very rewarding play, perhaps  
(as Gilbert Murray thought) the greatest of all Greek tragedies), and  
does so in a compass of a volume one can hold in one hand. The blog is  

= http://turl.ca/wovc

One item that caught my eye reminded me of what I used to tell my  
students about pronunciation of ancient Greek:

"We do not know with any accuracy what ancient Greek sounded like; but  
even after allowing for this uncertainty, it is clear, I think, that  
the Greek ear differed from our own."

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

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