based on our studies and experience, that the much augmented Italian edition of Athènaze, by M. Balme, G. Lawall, L. Miraglia and T. F. Bórri. In addition to Oxford’s Athenaze text, there are a number of other texts like the workbook for Athenaze and Luigi Miraglia’s Italian edition of. i- I ATHENAZE An Introduction to Ancient Greek Second Edition Book!, Press with inspiration from L. Miraglia and T. F. B6rri’s Italian edition of Athenaze.

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Wheelock’s Latin gives all the foundational elements of Latin grammar in forty compact chapters. In any case, read “Latin by the Dowling Method” see reference below and see what you think. Most contemporary resources seem to teach restored, with or without pitch accents. For the record, I was ultimately able to persuade the publisher to sell me the teacher’s handbooks and the audio CD, but it was an ordeal, and you should assume you wouldn’t be as lucky.

At least on Amazon, there are some leftovers from the first editions, so be very careful for any volume in either series to order the second edition. In sum, obviously you need to learn Latin grammar in order to read Latin.

At the end of each chapter is a Grammatica Latina section, in which all grammatical terms are likewise in Latin. Ahtenaze points out the danger in the grammar-first approach – not the inevitability, but the danger – i. If all 11 words were glossed on the page, would I be able to read?

And one way or the other, you’ll need to go through an intermediate stage before confronting Latin in its full nakedness, say in a Teubner or Oxford Classical Text edition. Email required Address never made public. An Introduction to Classical Athenian Culturethought it is not required for language learning and though it is excerpted throughout the textbooks.


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Furthermore, readings A and B also include 53 additional words, most of which occur just 1x. Either by using English where the text uses Italian, or by putting together Greek language resources mirablia grammar and exercises probably they would require some English too, to be honest, because Greek grammar terms are a atjenaze way from being as evident as Latin ones. The only quotes from classical authors are brief selections from Ovid and Catullus, recited in a later chapter by family and guests at a family-hosted convivium.

The three primary choices are modern Greek, Erasmian, or classical Athenian as restored by contemporary scholarship.

I guess the danger of the natural-language approach is, you’re itching to read Cicero and Ovid and you lose patience. That confidence feels good, and allows us to be receptive to the understandable input.

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Posted athdnaze Randy Gibbons at However, it appears these efforts stalled quickly. Greek And now to Athenqze. Athenaze is the best of the worst, and Italian Athenaze is a huge, huge improvement on English Athenaze, but the scaffolding is Italian! But Intense will at some point want to read Philomen Probert’s A New Short Guide to the Accentuation of Ancient Greekwhich is a scholarly work but also has exercises with answer keys. It’s shortsighted to try to learn a language without doing exercises and without checking your answers.

This analysis is damning to anyone aware of the past 40 years of Second Language Acquisition SLA research still using textbooks like Athenaze. This site uses cookies. This was originally published in A criticism of Reading Greekone I regard as trivial, is that you have to switch back and forth between the volumes when you study. The only way you can hope to reach them is by phone.


The progression is still tough, but I think the Italian edition is a huge improvement over the English one. They explain the problem better than I could.

“Athenaze”: learning ancient Greek with the nature method

So, the chapters in the original American version of Athenaze are comprised of two sections, A and B, each with their own readings and vocabulary. One advantage of having these is that many of the reprinted late nineteenth and early twentieth century student editions cite them. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Fortunately, there are two outstanding contemporary realizations of the natural-language, or immersion, approach, though one is near fatally flawed for self-learning purposes.

Going back to what I said about patience, what you want after six months of Latin or Greek is to be well on your way to a bottoms-up natural feeling for the language, a confidence that with continued effort you could read the daily Athenian or Roman newspaper and converse with the sausage seller.

This approach is sometimes also referred to as the immersion method, as it is similar to the immersion methods often used in learning a contemporary language. It makes it painfully clear why upper school students who take our Greek minor typically though not always high-achieving Latin students learn so terribly little of the language despite their best efforts.

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