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    Posted: 29 Jul 2010 at 09:21

Evening all,

I've completed JACT's "Reading Greek" and L.A. Wilding's "Greek for Beginners", and am looking to read some original texts - can anyone tell me a good starting point? I've been recommended Xenophon, Herodotos, Euripides and Sophocles - can anyone help me narrow down this list a little?

After this I hope to use a Smyth and break in some Homer!

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I'm afraid I don't remember any of those being easier than another. Xenophon maybe but it was 14 years since i last read him.

As for homer...Good luck! Smile
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Xenophon would be best, especially if you liked the Wilding book. Herodotus is going to use some forms you may not be used to, and you will find that the excerpts from the Wilding book were heavily edited, especially, obviously, before participles were discussed. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, some of the Platonic dialogues would work -- The Apology of Socrates was, for years, the common introductory translation work.
 
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Cheers! Most of the stuff in the JACT book seems to be lifted from Aristophanes, so I suppose any Attic Greek works from around that period could be useful.

Apology of Sokrates it is then! I really want to read Herodotos in the original though - I'm getting fascinated by his historical method!

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Apology of Sokrates it is then! I really want to read Herodotos in the original though - I'm getting fascinated by his historical method!



Herodotus is good as a second pick I think. His style will train your grammar pretty well.
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