I’m in the midst of staging a slow comeback right now. After neglecting my Greek studies since graduating, I’ve decided to remedy this situation. Attic is not easy and it is easy to forget one of the six principal parts of any given verb or the ending of some rarely seen participle. However, it is a noble struggle as far as I am concerned and it is one I am going to undertake again. However, when one runs into battle against such a multi-headed beast as Attic Greek it is best to be well equipped.
These are some of the digital tools that I have been using to restart this quest:
Ancient Greek by Liberation Philology. This is a nice application for the Android and iOS that really makes you realizes just how many forms there are of each verb (and, in my case, just how poor I am at contract verbs!). It works mostly on a multiple choice based system wherein you will either pick a conjugated verb to match the parameters it asks for (Subjunctive 1st person…) or it gives you a conjugated verb and you parse it. It can also quiz you on participles and noun declensions. And, best of all, there is a reference of verbs of each kind so you can quickly glance over an entire verb table if you need a refresher. It is not free, but it is less than 2 dollars and well worth it if you actually use it a few times per week.
Ancient Greek Lexicon & Syntax by Ben Linskey. This is another app available on Android and iOs and this one is particularly useful if you are studying a text. It is a fairly decent lexicon (although it doesn’t display all the themes of a verb when you look one up) and is a a great companion for reading a Greek text while travelling. Or even when you just get sick of flipping through hundred of pages of Liddell and Scott. The real cinch here is not the fact that it is free, but that is works offline.
Greek Interlinear Bible by stefankmitph. This free application is pretty self descriptive: it is an interlinear reader of the Koine bible. And it’s not bad at all. I know that the Koine bible doesn’t interest everyone, but for a beginner it is a very gentle introduction to real Greek. And is a nice way to start learning via the ‘input method’ once you are past the textbook phase. While there is no built in dictionary (not really necessary since the translation is below the word), the verbs and participles are all parsed as well. I highly recommend this app to any student of Greek (and its sister app ‘Hebrew Interlinear Bible’ for the Old Testament).
I’ll run through some physical tools later this week.