Stephen Carlson wrote:I'm a little despondent in that, even as out of date Robertson's grammar is, I have no optimism that there will be another grammar on its scope produced in my lifetime. Ditto for Smyth.
cwconrad wrote:I wouldn't use the word "depondent," although I have no expectation of seeing either Smyth or ATR superseded in my (even shorter) remaining years; I'm grateful for the existence and accessibility of both of them. Dubious as I am of the adequacy of our traditional grammatical and linguistic descriptions of ancient Greek forms and usages, I am grateful for all that we share today of the harvest of generations of those who have labored to explain the hows and whys of the working of ancient Greek. I wouldn't want to be without BDF either, and I suppose that too was in Stephen's mind in this comment. It does sadden me, however, to think that the erudition of an A.T.Robertson or of an H.W. Smyth is something that does not appear often and seems less likely to appear again soon: the culture that can nurture such erudition does seem to have a rather precarious existence in this generation.
There's been much said about Rijksbaron of late in this forum; I think that his Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek may be as important and valuable as ATR and Smyth.
David Lim wrote:Just wondering, has anyone thought that we should host the pdf file for Smyth here together with Funk's Grammar, and any other freely available resources?
Jonathan Robie wrote:David Lim wrote:Just wondering, has anyone thought that we should host the pdf file for Smyth here together with Funk's Grammar, and any other freely available resources?
TextKit has Smyth as a PDF (containing images).
CCEL has started work on a Unicode version. I wonder why they don't just transform the Perseus version to a PDF? Looks like George Somsel is doing this work, if he wants help from B-Greek he should feel free to ask.
Paul-Nitz wrote:For an inexpensive version, you might consider printing the 1920 version pdf file. I printed an enlarged copy (about 2x) and bound it. I keep the Index separate in a comb binding. It works well for me and only cost me about $20. Directions for binding can be found many places, or I could describe how I went about it (send a private B-Greek message).
I was disappointed that Logos didn't include Smyth's Grammar in the free distribution of the Perseus Library (some other Greek and Latin grammars were included). I think that the PDF file of Smyth's grammar is unwieldy. The easiest format to use is the Perseus at UChicago; with table of contents sidebar that one can easily scroll down to find the relevant link and then click on it to open up the page(s) needed: (http://artflx.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/phil ... nographs.9). The only thing more that I could add would be a hyper-linked index to Smyth's grammar.
As for Logos software's "Biblical Languages Reference" package, I personally think it involves acquisition of space-consuming materials that one is never likely to use enough to justify the cost of acquisition.I'd love to have the Perseus/Philologic Smyth on my own computer, but with a good constant internet connection, online access is always available.
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