Contemporary lexicons

Other Greek writings of the New Testament era, including papyri and inscriptions
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Dictionary to one of the Ancient Greek novels

Post by Stephen Hughes » May 21st, 2014, 12:59 am

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I've been looking for a few days, but I'm having no success in finding one contemporary dictionary that I remember seeing. It was published in 1980 or 1990, and was specifically for just one of the ancient Greek novels.

Anybody know of it?
Γελᾷ δ' ὁ μωρός, κἄν τι μὴ γέλοιον ᾖ
(Menander, Γνῶμαι μονόστιχοι 108)

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Re: Contemporary lexicons

Post by Stephen Carlson » May 21st, 2014, 3:29 am

As far as I am aware, BDAG is the closest thing to a Hellenistic Greek lexicon, unless one for the LXX had better coverage in light of its larger corpus. I don't think that there enough people reading non-Christian Hellenistics text who find LSJ unhelpful to justify a publisher's investing in such a project, so I doubt that one could exist. But I could be wrong. All kinds of surprisingly narrow specialist works get published.
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Re: Contemporary lexicons

Post by cwconrad » May 21st, 2014, 7:01 am

Stephen Carlson wrote:As far as I am aware, BDAG is the closest thing to a Hellenistic Greek lexicon, unless one for the LXX had better coverage in light of its larger corpus. I don't think that there enough people reading non-Christian Hellenistics text who find LSJ unhelpful to justify a publisher's investing in such a project, so I doubt that one could exist. But I could be wrong. All kinds of surprisingly narrow specialist works get published.
So Toynbee was probably right! And since we're speculating so much of late -- surmising the probable but open to unexpected possibilities -- perhaps a Platonic perspective on the matter of vocabulary is not altogether out of order: ignorance of non-Christian Hellenistic literature may skew our grasp of the range of meanings of vocabulary in the Christian literature. It does seem to be the case that study of the GNT has been handicapped in the past by an assumption that its language is in a category by itself in contemporary Greek literature.
οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)

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Re: Contemporary lexicons

Post by MAubrey » May 21st, 2014, 8:41 am

If such a book does exist, you would likely find a reference to it in this: http://www.amazon.com/The-Greek-Novel-B ... 003OIB59A/
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