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The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek


  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • isbn: 9780521127295

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  • This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology and morphology make full use of insights from comparative and historical linguistics to elucidate complex systems of roots, stems and endings. The syntax offers linguistically up-to-date descriptions of such topics as case usage, tense and aspect, voice, subordinate clauses, infinitives and participles. An innovative section on textual coherence treats particles and word order and discusses several sample passages in detail, demonstrating new ways of approaching Greek texts. Throughout the book numerous original examples are provided, all with translations and often with clarifying notes. Clearly laid-out tables, helpful cross-references and full indexes make this essential resource accessible to users of all levels.

    • The first comprehensive grammar of Classical Greek in English for a century, combining traditional grammatical description with the latest insights from general and Greek linguistics presented in a theoretically neutral fashion
    • Contains a wealth of original examples taken from all genres of Classical Greek literature in order to help the reader understand actual usage in ancient texts
    • Includes a section on textual coherence, without parallel in other grammars, which discusses particles and word order and uses a close analysis of four sample passages in order to illustrate the ways in which these and other features work together
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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521127295
    • length: 852 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.68kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 130 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations, symbols, editions
    On terminology
    Part I. Phonology and Morphology:
    1. The signs and sounds of Classical Greek
    2. Introduction to nominal forms
    3. The article
    4. Nouns
    5. Adjectives and participles
    6. Adverbs
    7. Pronouns
    8. Correlative pronouns and adverbs
    9. Numerals
    10. The dual: nominal forms
    11. Introduction to verb forms
    12. The present
    13. The aorist: active and middle
    14. The aorist: passive
    15. The future: active and middle
    16. The future: passive
    17. The perfect (and future perfect): introduction
    18. The perfect: active
    19. The perfect: middle-passive
    20. The future perfect
    21. The dual: verb forms
    22. Principal parts
    23. Word formation
    24. Accentuation
    25. Ionic and other dialects
    Part II. Syntax:
    26. Introduction to simple sentences
    27. Agreement
    28. The article
    29. Pronouns and quantifiers
    30. Cases
    31. Prepositions
    32. Comparison
    33. The verb: tense and aspect
    34. The verb: mood
    35. The verb: voice
    36. Impersonal constructions
    37. Verbal adjectives
    38. Questions, directives, wishes, exclamations
    39. Introduction to complex sentences
    40. Introduction to finite subordinate clauses
    41. Indirect statements
    42. Indirect questions and indirect exclamations
    43. Fear clauses
    44. Effort clauses
    45. Purpose clauses
    46. Result clauses
    47. Temporal clauses
    48. Causal clauses
    49. Conditional clauses
    50. Relative clauses
    51. The infinitive
    52. The participle
    53. Overview of subordinate constructions
    54. Overview of moods
    55. Overview of the uses of ἄν
    56. Overview of negatives
    57. Overview of the uses of ὡς
    Part III. Textual Coherence:
    58. Introduction
    59. Particles
    60. Word order
    61. Four sample passages

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    Evert van Emde Boas, Albert Rijksbaron, Luuk Huitink, Mathieu de Bakker

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    Evert van Emde Boas, University of Oxford
    Evert van Emde Boas is Leventis Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. He has previously held teaching and research positions at four universities in the Netherlands, and at the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. He specializes in the application of modern linguistic and cognitive approaches to ancient Greek literature, and is the author of a monograph and several articles on Greek tragedy.

    Albert Rijksbaron, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Albert Rijksbaron is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Greek Linguistics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His publications include Temporal and Causal Conjunctions in Ancient Greek (1976), the widely used The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek (1984; 3rd edition 2007), Grammatical Observations on Euripides' Bacchae (1991), a highly acclaimed edition with a (linguistically oriented) commentary of Plato's Ion (2007), as well as numerous articles on Greek linguistics. He is also the editor of the collective volume New Approaches to Greek Particles (1997), and co-editor of Sophocles and the Greek Language (2006) and The Historical Present in Thucydides (2011).

    Luuk Huitink, Universiteit Leiden
    Luuk Huitink as taught at the University of Oxford and the Universiteit Leiden. A trained classicist and linguist, he is currently a postdoctoral research fellow on the European Research Council (ERC) Project 'Ancient Narrative' at Universität Heidelberg, where he examines the relationship between ancient rhetoric and cognitive linguistics in order to shed light on the ancient readerly imagination. He is also, together with Tim Rood, preparing a commentary on Xenophon's Anabasis III for the series Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (which will be keyed to this Grammar). He is the author of several articles on linguistics and narratological topics in classical and post-classical Greek.

    Mathieu de Bakker, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Mathieu de Bakker is university lecturer in the Department of Classics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, where he teaches courses on all aspects of ancient Greek. He has published on the Greek historians and orators, and is co-editor of Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus' Histories (2012).

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