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Published online by Cambridge University Press: 29 March 2016
A Little Greek Reader by James Morwood and Stephen Anderson forms a companion volume to A Little Latin Reader by Mary English and Georgia Irby (though one might be seduced into thinking from the cover illustration and italic title print that this is a volume from the JACT Reading Greek stable). The twenty-plus chapters focus on different points of Greek grammar (for example, ‘Indirect Statement’ [64–74] and ‘Result Clauses’ [99–106]), prefaced with brief grammatical introductions and then illustrated with a selection of unadapted passages in prose and verse. Each passage is supported by linguistic and contextual notes, and an extensive vocabulary is supplied at the back of the book. Although billed as ‘an ideal supplement for undergraduate courses in beginning and intermediate Greek’ (back cover blurb) it should also be of use to sixth-form teachers for revision and extension work (it was, in fact, trialled at the JACT Greek Summer School in 2013). Appendices supply short biographical notes and offer help on meter and dialect. There is also a useful guide to literary terms – though the definition of ‘hyperbaton’ – ‘the dislocation of normal word order, by way of displacing one part of one clause into another’ (213; our emphasis) – seems unnecessarily proscriptive.
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1 A Little Greek Reader. By James Morwood and Stephen Anderson. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xvii + 294. Paperback £12.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-931172-9.
2 Hellenistic and Biblical Greek. A Graduated Reader. By B. H. McLean. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp xxxiv + 509. Hardback £69.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-02558-5; paperback £25.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-68628-1.
3 Byzantium. A Very Short Introduction. By Peter Sarris. Very Short Introductions. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xviii + 142. 15 b/w illustrations. Paperback £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-923611-4.
4 Food and Drink in Antiquity. Readings from the Graeco-Roman World. A Sourcebook. By John F. Donahue. Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History. London, Bloomsbury, 2015. Pp. x + 299. 15 illustrations. Hardback £70, ISBN: 978-1-4411-9680-4; paperback £22.99, ISBN: 978-1-4411-3345-8.
5 From Abortion to Pederasty. Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Edited by Nancy Rabinowitz and Fiona McHardy. Columbus, OH, Ohio State University Press, 2014. Pp. 303. Hardback £46.50, ISBN: 978-0-8142-1261-5; paperback £19.20, ISBN: 978-0-8142-5250-5.
6 Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies. Dialogues and Discourses. Edited by Naoíse Mac Sweeney. Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp. viii + 241. 36 illustrations. Hardback £45.50, ISBN: 978-0-8122-4642-1.