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Thursday, October 22, 2009

What Is The Best Ancient Greek Dictionary

If you are at all interested in learning more about the Classics and are searching for some of the best tools for studying ancient Greek, allow me to shed some light. The Liddell Scott dictionary, which comes in several different sizes, is very well known in the field. It contains Greek words with English meanings and is incredibly comprehensive and relatively easy to use; however, if you are at all familiar with Greek, you know that sometimes the beginning of a Greek word is not necessarily what you need to know in order to look it up in the dictionary. In this case, if you are reading something specific, the Tufts Classics Department has finally finished Perseus 4.0 digital library, which literally has catalogued thousands of words in both Greek and Latin, as well as Arabic. This is a wonderful source of information because all you need to do to look up a word is click on it, since all of the words are hyperlinked. TLG, an acronym for Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, is also an online database for all Greek words. And of course, last but not least, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is a wonderful resource as well.

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