cwconrad wrote:It's certainly easier to make a transition from Attic to New Testament Koine than to start with the latter and then move to Attic Greek. I went through the worst possible transition: from New Testament Koine in my first year to Homeric Greek in my second year, finally beginning to read Attic in my third year (and the Attic Greek I began with was Aristotle, not the easiest place to start). What I'm saying is: if you have the opportunity, then by all means start with Attic Greek, but with perseverance, it is possible to start with a later form of the language and go back to an earlier one later.
bchu wrote:I know nothing about Greek but I would really like to learn Koine Greek for the purpose of studying the NT. Unfortunately my school only offers Attic Greek. Is there a point for me to learning Attic Greek? How similar are they, and how useful/useless would it be for studying the NT?
Shirley Rollinson wrote:If Attic Greek is all they offer, then go for it.]
RandallButh wrote:I recommend starting with starting ancient Greek through a spoken medium. Attic Greek would work fine, if spoken in class, otherwise an artificial language will be set up that may never quite 'lead to the water.'
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