Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - December 1, 2003
Greek Readings For Review
Adolf Kaegi & James A. Kleist
1000 Brown St, #101 Wauconda IL 60084
0865165491 $29.00 www.bolchazy.com
The collaborative effort of the late Greek language experts and educators Adolf Kaegi and James A. Kleist, Greek Readings For Review: First Lessons In Greek is a classic text for study of the classical Greek language, which first published in 1902 as a complement to "Kaegi's Greek Grammar." Each individual reading lesson is specifically designed to review subject matter from Kaegi's Greek Grammar, as well as providing drills on single words and increasingly complex sentences. Additionally, Greek Readings For Review features English-to-Greek translation exercises, and optional connected-paragraph readings to fill the pages of this excellent and enduring popular resource for students coming to grips with the intricacies of ancient Greek -- and a "user friendly" classroom resource that has rightfully passed the test of time.
Review by: James Robson, Jact Review - September 1, 2003
Whilst Bolchazy-Carducci have to be congratulated for having reissued some extremely useful out-of-print language textbooks, "Greek Readings for Review" is in many ways an odd choice to republish. This volume was originally published in 1902 and one can only pity the poor students for whom its early sections were indeed their 'First Lessons in Greek'. Early exercises involve translating first from, then into, Greek and these are interspersed with occasional continous passages. The layout is cramped and confusing and the sentences generally of the kind 'The Erinyes persecute the wicked with fire and scourges' (pg 26). On the positive side, exercises allow review of a limited range of material but their potential for classroom use to the supplement other material is limited since the course's approach to grammar and the vocabulary used hardly chime with that of, say, "Reading Greek or Athenaze." The book's main strength, though, is its 'Selections for Reading' (pp 77-96) and its 23-page supplement which together form a useful resource of adapted passages: many of these mightfruitfully be used by students making that difficult transition from a course book to studying unadapted Greek, or to boost the confidence of an 'A'-Level or advanced language class. Indeed, in this respect "Greek Readings for Review" serves to highlight a very real gap in the market which, I am sure, many of those charged with teaching Greek at post-beginners level would like to see filled - but by better designed, more user-friendly books that this!