From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek, Fourth Edition

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From Alpha to Omega, Fourth Edition
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Focus Item #: 03911
Author(s): Anne Groton
ISBN-13: 978-1-58510-391-1
Format: Paperback
pp: 540


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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!


For first courses in Classical Greek.

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.



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.

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