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A Greek Grammar for Colleges


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Smyth’s A Greek Grammar for Colleges is the most thorough one-volume reference grammar of Classical Greek available in the English language. In it, he sets forth the essential forms of Attic Greek and the other dialects which appear in classical literature, and devotes extensive attention to the formation of words and particles. He also outlines the principles of Greek syntax and the basics of Greek morphology.

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  • Preface by the author
  • Outlines the principles of Greek syntax
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

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“The inhabitants of ancient Greece and other Greeks dwelling in the islands and on the coasts of the Mediterranean called themselves (as do the modern Greeks) by the name Hellenes (Ἕλληνες), their country Hellas (Ἑλλάς), and their language the Hellenic (ἡ Ἑλληνικὴ γλῶττα). We call them Greeks from the Latin Graeci, the name given them by the Romans, who applied to the entire people a name properly restricted to the Γραῖοι, the first Hellenes of the whom the Romans had knowledge.” (Page 1)

“Some writers distinguish, as a form of the Koinè, the Hellenistic, a name restricted by them to the language of the New Testament and of the Septuagint (the partly literal, partly tolerably free, Greek translation of the Old Testament made by Grecized Jews at Alexandria and begun under Ptolemy Philadelphus 285–247 b.c.). The word Hellenistic is derived from Ἑλληνιστής (from ἑλληνίζω speak Greek), a term applied to persons not of Greek birth (especially Jews), who had learned Greek. The New Testament is composed in the popular language of the time, which in that work is more or less influenced by classical models. No accurate distinction can be drawn between the Koinè and Hellenistic.” (Page 4)

“The Attic dialect was distinguished by its refinement, precision, and beauty; it occupied an intermediate position between the soft Ionic and the rough Doric, and avoided the pronounced extremes of other dialects. By reason of its cultivation at the hands of the greatest writers from 500 b.c. to 300 b.c., it became the standard literary dialect; though Old Ionic was still occasionally employed in later epic, and Doric in pastoral poetry.” (Page 3)

  • Title: A Greek Grammar for Colleges
  • Author: Herbert Weir Smyth
  • Publisher: American Book Company
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 784

Herbert Weir Smyth received a PhD from the University of Göttingen. He was an Eliot professor of Greek literature at Harvard University.


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  1. Logosed



    This is the most important grammar of Greek in the English speaking world. It is a towering achievement which every serious student ought to read at some point in their lives. But it is not for the faint-hearted, not so much because it is difficult, but because of the volume of information it contains. It should take anywhere from between six months to a year to fully work through. The Logos electronic version has excelled in capturing digitally a very complex work with many strange diacritics. The great thing is that it is fully searchable which means that one can look up any Greek word or phrase with ease. I commend Logos for the excellent way in which they have reproduced this masterful work. Do not worry about this being the "earlier" version. I have the later Harvard version and have not been able to find any differences between this edition and that one.

  2. Fr. Thomas Sandberg
    I am assuming, based on the title, year published, and shorter length that this is not the revised edition...?

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