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Ancient Greek is the ancestor of the modern greek language, and it was used in ancient Greece and the ancient world from around 1500 BC to 300 BC. It is often roughly divided into the following periods: Mycenaean Greek (c. 1400–1200 BC), Dark Ages (c. 1200–800 BC), the Archaic period (c. 800–500 BC), and the Classical period (c. 500–300 BC). Many important Ancient Greek texts have been preserved and have had a huge impact on western civilisations. Learning it gives one the ability to read these texts in their original language.

Spread of the ancient greek dialects


Learn to Read Greek by Andrew Keller and Stephanie Russell (recommended)[]

  • Great all in one resource given you do the workbook. Introduces primary Greek texts from Chapter 3 onwards. The textbook/workbook are in two parts. If you manage to finish these thoroughly you will be able to read primary texts. You can politely email the authors telling them you've purchased the textbook/workbook and are self studying and they will probably be willing to send you an answer key to the workbook.

Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek by Gilbert Lawall and Maurice George Balme[]

  • Similar to Lingua Latina Per Illustrata, this is a "natural method" Greek textbook that presents a series of stories written in Attic Greek accompanied by illustrations, and the reader is left to infer the meaning of the text from the illustrations. It starts out very easy and grows in complexity. Some people have had success with the Athenaze and natural method alone, but it is not recommended to use this as a primary resource. You will have to study grammar on your own seperately, although it does include some grammar explanations. I've seen people recommend the Italian version of the Athenaze over the English version.