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An Introduction to Ancient Greek (Second Edition)

A Literary Approach

C. A. E. Luschnig
Revised by C.A.E. Luschnig & Deborah Mitchell

2007 - 392 pp.

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Cloth 978-0-87220-890-2
Paper 978-0-87220-889-6
Examination 978-0-87220-889-6

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C.A.E. Luschnig's An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach prepares students to read Greek in less than a year by presenting basic traditional grammar without frills and by introducing real Greek written by ancient Greeks, from the first day of study.  The second edition retains all the features of the first but is more streamlined, easier on the eyes, more gender-inclusive, and altogether more 21st century.  It is supported by a Web site for teachers and learners at

To see a comparative review of Luschnig's An Introduction to Ancient Greek and Shelmerdine's Introduction to Greek, click here.


". . . [A] remarkable volume, preserving the verve, knowledge, and perspective of a master teacher."
     —Wilfred E. Major, Bryn Mawr Classical Review


"I have used C.A.E. Luschnig's text for my beginning Greek sequence for over twenty years.  I find that her approach brings students to competency quickly and efficiently.  The new version improves what was already a good text, keeping the many exercise sentences, providing a realistic selection of 'real Greek' readings with translation aids conveniently below.  The proof is in the pudding: after doing beginning Greek with Luschnig's text, my Greek students have been able to move easily to the second year reading classes in either Euripides or Plato."
     —Karelisa Hartigan, Professor of Classics, University of Florida


"Luschnig's excellent An Introduction to Ancient Greek offers a thorough and clear account of grammar and syntax, copious exercises for practice, and a wonderful array of brief passages from ancient authors for translation and discussion.  My students and I have used the text happily for years, and this new edition is even better than its predecessor."
     —Deborah H. Roberts, William R. Kennan, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics,
        Haverford College


"An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach is the most successful of the more than half-dozen beginning Greek grammars I have used in the classroom, especially in this revised edition.  Students meet 'real Greek' early and often, and the exercises are ample and varied.  What I appreciate particularly is that this grammar has personality, even a sense of humor, so that my students feel they are learning ancient Greek from Cecelia Luschnig rather than an anonymous textbook.  The Web site associated with this book is an invaluable resource."
     —Sherry Gray Martin, Faculty, St. John's College, Santa Fe


"This accessible and reliable presentation of the essential grammar (backed by numerous exercises and readings) is so well-paced that a class, if it wishes, can speed through in fifteen or sixteen weeks and have the rest of the year to read a Plato dialogue or a Lysias speech."
     —Richard Hamilton, Paul Shorey Professor of Greek, Bryn Mawr College


"This is a marvelous book.  I used it when I was an undergraduate and liked it then.  I love the way Luschnig gets you reading passages of real Greek early on.  I still remember from my undergraduate days several of the passages I committed to memory from her book.  The passages—from plays, proverbs, philosophy, and other genres—are interesting and memorable.  The grammar is clearly explained, vocabulary is provided for easy translation, and the layout is clear and congenial."
     —Lloyd W. J. Aultman-Moore, Department of Philosophy, Waynesburg University



C.A.E. Luschnig is Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Idaho.

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