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Lysias 1

Many first-year Greek students end up reading Lysias 1, “On the murder of Eratosthenes”. Here is a nicely-formatted copy of the speech, which has been edited to match the text in Campbell’s edition (Bristol Classical Press 1997 or Duckworth 2007). One problem with Campbell is that the text is too packed, making it very difficult to read. So I’ve made a version with generous margins and leading. (lysias1.pdf)

Graded readers

Language learners need access to easy readings. Here are two graded Greek readers that I think are worth looking at. These are scanned, public domain texts. I have cleaned up the page images by hand and made the centering and layout of the pages consistent. You can get hard copies through Lulu, or download the PDFs.

Rouse produced a similar graded text. I have cleaned up the page images of the scanned version (Lulu reprint and PDF). There is also a new edition, edited by Anne Mahoney and published by Focus.

Also, the latest edition of the JACT Reading Greek text seems to serve as a good graded reader.

Easy readings

The Let’s Read Greek website has a section on Aesop’s fables. The text is accompanied by vocabulary, notes, questions, images, translations, etc.

Audio recordings

Louis Sorenson’s Let’s Read Greek website contains, among other resources, a nice listing/review of various audio recordings of the Greek New Testament.

See also the reasons for listening to Greek, by Randall Buth of the Biblical Language Center.

A full set of New Testament recordings, in both the original Greek as well as the Vulgate Latin, is available at (The speed and phrasing are quite good, although the pronunciation scheme in each language is a bit idiosyncratic.)

Colloquial Greek

Sorry, this section is incomplete and a bit of a mess. I’m working on it…

J. S. Blackie

The Scottish classicist J. S. Blackie (1809–1895) advocated the use of colloquial methods in the classroom. The following books were meant to facilitate this approach:

A cleaned up copy of the scanned texts can obtained from Lulu or as a PDF (these are almost ready…).

Sprechen Sie Attisch?

E. Joannides, Sprechen Sie Attisch (4th ed., 1922).

I have a made a cleaned up PDF of the text. Here is a booklet version of the same, which you can print double-sided (long edge flip) and then staple together.

You can also order a hard copy on Lulu.

There is a project to transcribe this text and provide English translations: Greek-English Phrasebook.


J. Posselius, Οἰκείων διαλόγων βιβλίον Ἑλληνιστὶ καὶ Ῥωμαιστί / familiārium colloquiōrum libellus Graecē et Latīnē (1656).

Diane Johnson transcribed the text and added an English translation. I can’t find the original source for this. Here is a link to the latest version that I have.

Comenius (letsreadgreek)