Academic Book Pricing

This sort of pricing doesn’t encourage the expansion of knowledge. I’d say it’s somewhat akin to all those unread books at Harvard’s library.

Phonology (v. 1)

Morphology (v. 2)

More than 1500 pages of Greek grammar that most grammarians will never even briefly peruse (except volume 1 in Amazon’s preview).

More importantly, these two volumes are relevant for studying the majority of ancient Greek since they cover Attic inscriptions through a good 1000 years — including the Hellenistic period.

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  1. Wow, that is obscene. I was inculcated with the whole “knowledge wants to be free”/open-source movement, but I know the Bible teaches respect of private property. How far does the umbrella extend from “whoa to me if I do not preach the gospel”?

  2. There are probably <1000 copies of Threatte's books in existence. Two hundred libraries own them worldwide, per Worldcat. I suspect they are intended for use by scholars affiliated with (wealthy) academic institutions. And yes, that's a feeble attempt to justify a publisher's greed. Any other conceivable audience would not make up the cost of getting them into print.

    I used them for research on defixiones/kατάδεσμοι. Extremely impressive in their scope and scholarship, positively fustian in their representation of linguistic variation/abbreviation/lapsus calami within texts not meant to be read (by people).

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