Two Greek books that should be inexpensive paperbacks

Here are a couple books that really should be available in inexpensive paperbacks. Both have companion volumes that have already set the precedent:

Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers by Geoffrey Horrocks (the Precedent)

A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) edited by Egbert Bakker (the Precedent)

Anyone want to e-mail Wiley-Blackwell and ask?

And this is just one book that should be on the shelf of every student of Ancient Greek:

The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek: An Introduction: Third Edition

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  1. I’ve long had the earlier edition of Horrocks, long out of print; I’m wondering what’s new. I’m curious about Bakker’s book because I’ve found he’s so discerning and careful in his judgment — but the prices are formidable. And I quite agree with you about the Rijksbaron book; it’s probably worth more for a page than any other book on ancient Greek priced the same.

    1. The second edition is roughly 100 pages longer. The central changes are that Horrocks has provided a larger discussion of Classical dialects, which was apparently lacking previously, and he’s revised and expanded the sections on Medieval Greek.

      Bakker’s book is an edited volume with a nice list of contributors. Each of the chapter is about 20-30 pages or so. I’d say that its roughly comparable to Christidis’ book, except with a narrower scope. If Blackwell puts out a paperback like they have with their other companions to the ancient world, the book would become a very nice deal.

    1. Well, like I said, the History of Latin by Horrocks and Clackson has a library priced hardcover and a paperback from 39.95. They’re described as companion volumes together in Horrock’s preface, so there *should* be a paperback for the 2nd edition.

  2. I have been reading Rijksbaron’s The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek since you recommended it back in March. It’s very nice. I like his integration of syntax and semantics, especially the way he shows so clearly the relevance of understanding the semantics of particular verbs for correctly interpreting issues like verbal aspect.

    I’ll have more to say about the book over at Greek Language and Linguistics later.

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