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Greek Prose Composition

I have begun to work through North and Hillard’s Greek Prose CompositionNH_Greek_Prose_CompIt’s a great little book, published over 100 years ago, that was once commonly used in schools for teaching children to write Greek. It offers exercise-by-exercise vocabulary lists, a English to Greek vocabulary list, and 175 composition exercises, beginning with simple sentences and working toward the composition of long paragraphs. This book teaches composition in what appears to be Attic Greek, which precedes Koine. Some forms are different, but for the most part it is easy enough to transfer over from Koine to Attic.

Greek composition is challenging (and humbling!), but a lot of fun! I suggest at least downloading this treasure, or getting your hands on a hardcopy.

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The Athenians

(Excerpt from Exercise 3A)

οἱ πάλαι ἐτίμων τοὺς εὗ λεγόντας. ὁ κῆρυξ ἔσχον τὴν μεγάλην φωνῆν ἀλλὰ οἱ τοῦτο εἰποντες ἐψεύδοντο. οὐκ ἐθέλε διὰ τὸ ἐν τῇ πόλει στρατεύμα μαχέσθαι, τῶν ἀρίστων Ἀθηναῖων πολλοὶ ἀπέθανον. ἀπώλεσαν τὰ τείχη τὰ ἄρτι πεποιήμενα.

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