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A new edition of the bestselling Classical Greek textbook, that combines a traditionally rigorous introduction of Ancient Greek with an encouraging, pleasant, and accessible presentation for today’s modern students. From Alpha to Omega inspires students of Ancient Greek by structuring lessons around manageable selections of actual Ancient Greek writings, beginning with Aesop’s most amusing and curious fables. By the second half of the book, students are able to take on instructive passages from The New Testament, Demosthenes, Xenophon, Thucydides, Lysias, Arrian, Aristotle, and Plato.
- Readings from Ancient Greek authors demonstrate new vocabulary and syntax learned in the lesson, allowing students to develop the chapter’s lesson through “real” Ancient Greek passages.
- Succinct, instructive vocabulary lists for each lesson gives students a manageable list to learn and apply to the lesson’s readings.
- Efficient translation exercises so that students can effectively practice the chapter lessons through a reasonable amount of exercises and progress to the next lesson.
- Glossary containing all vocabulary words from lessons and readings, both Greek-to-English, and English-to-Greek, including page they appear in the book, for easy student reference.
- Appendix of paradigms, including the dual-forms for student reference.
New to the Fourth Edition:
- Streamlined and modernized layout, appealing to today’s modern learners.
- Integrated online resources, including audio recordings of the vocabulary and readings, flashcards of the chapter vocabulary, and more!
Instructor Resources, Student Resources, and Online Courseware:
- Answer key for course instructors: An electronic answer key for the textbook (PDF only) is available for qualified adopters. If you have adopted the text, click here to request the answer key. An electronic (PDF) translation key for the reader, Forty-Six Stories in Classical Greek, is also available to course instructors and may also be requsted here.
- Online courseware is available for From Alpha to Omega on the online courseware website, courses.hackettpublishing.com. More information about the online courseware is available at the bottom of this page.
- Ancillary Workbook: From Alpha to Omega: Ancillary Exercises, Second Edition by Jon Bruss and Jennifer Starkey. To purchase, or learn more about the ancillary workbook, click here.
- Ancillary Reader: Forty-Six Stories in Classical Greek by Anne Groton and James May. To purchase, or learn more about Forty-Six Stories in Classical Greek, click here.
LESSON 1 INTRODUCTION: The Greek Alphabet
Καλα Εεκινησει Ειναι μισο Εyινε
Well begun is half done
—one of Pythagoras’ sayings, quoted by Iamblichus in Pythagoras 162
Greek belongs to a large and colorful family of Indo-European languages, all thought to be descended from a very old, now extinct language spoken by people who roamed over the Eurasian continent during prehistoric times. Other prominent members of the family are the Italic (including Latin and the Romance languages), Germanic (including English), Celtic, Baltic, Slavic (including Russian), Armenian, Iranian, and Indic languages.
The Greek language has been in continuous use for more than three thousand years; its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation have been evolving gradually over the centuries. There is a great deal of difference between, say, Greek of the seventh century BCE and Greek of the first century CE, even though they are both “ancient” from our point of view. Moreover, each geographical region of Greece had its own dialect. Some authors wrote in their native dialect; others, working within an established literary genre, wrote in the dialect(s) that tradition demanded.
The ancient Greek taught in this book is Classical in date. It is the sort of Greek that would have been used by educated people during Greece’s Classical age, roughly the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. These were glory days for Athens, artistically and intellectually as well as militarily. Much of the literature surviving from the Classical period is written in Attic, the dialect of the Athenians. (Attica is the name of the district that includes Athens.) The philosopher Plato, the orators Lysias and Demosthenes, the historians Thucydides and Xenophon, the comic playwright Aristophanes—to name just a few of Athens’ most famous authors—all wrote in Attic.
About the Author:
Anne H. Groton is Professor of Classics at St. Olaf College, where she has chaired the Department of Classics and directed the programs in Ancient Studies and Medieval Studies.
The From Alpha to Omega, Fourth Edition Courseware is an essential online study guide for Anne H. Groton’s bestelling introduction to Classical Greek textbook, From Alpha to Omega, Fourth Edition. Computer-corrected drill activities, audio recordings of the vocabulary and readings from the textbook, and video tutorials reinforce grammatical and syntactical knowledge, operational vocabulary, and oral and written proficiency. The Courseware is tied to each lesson of the textbook and can be accessed at any time, so students can practice what they have learned in the classroom and can work on problem areas. Use the Courseware to supplement use of the printed book or as the core of an online or hybrid course.
- Available for a 12-month subscription. $19.95 per student. Click here for enrollment options and information.
- Course Instructors: Click here to register your class for the From Alpha to Omega courseware.
- Screen Cap Video Tutorials, by Karen Rosenbecker and Brian Sullivan (Loyola University, New Orleans)
- Streaming video tutorials present key concepts covered in each lesson of From Alpha to Omega to reinforce in-class instruction. These tutorials provide a helpful aid to students after class as they complete their homework assignments, but can be accessed at any time: before class, after class in their study time, even as part of real-time tutoring or collaborative study sessions.
- Audio Recordings, by David C. Noe (Calvin College)
- Streaming audio recordings of lesson vocabulary, exercises, and readings allow students to hear and practice pronunciation.
- David C. Noe’s Guide to Classical Greek Pronunciation, by David C. Noe (Calvin College)
- Ancillary guide accompanies the audio recordings for From Alpha to Omega. It explains pronunciation rules, provides helpful tips, and offers useful exercises students can do when listening to the audio recordings. Aids student comprehension of Classical Greek pronunciation.
- Drill Exercises, by Gwendolyn Compton-Engle (John Carroll University)
- Auto-correcting drill exercises allow students to practice the material in each lesson and get immediate feedback. Scores are stored in a gradebook accessible to teacher for tracking progress, identifying problem areas, and assessment.
- Link to From Alpha to Omega eBook, by Anne H. Groton (St. Olaf College): Links to the From Alpha to Omega eBook allow for purchase as well as easy linking and launching to the electronic version of the textbook.