Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Harry Potter in Ancient Greek

I might have been a better student of Ancient Greek all those years ago had this been in circulation then. From the blog Londinoupolis:

Now that the British Education System wishes to introduce Ancient Greek into its syllabus, I was reminded of a book I bought a couples of years back, i.e. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in its Ancient Greek Edition, which I found in a book store in central London. This version of the book will introduce fans of Harry Potter to the beauty and clarity of the Ancient Greek language, giving the opportunity to students of Ancient Greek to read a modern classic in the language of the ancient storytellers.

This book was translated by Classics teacher Andrew Wilson, who stated that this is the longest text to have been translated into the ancient language in 1500 years, which makes it a remarkable achievement.

Despite not being an ancient text, it is a great way of introducing new students, into reading and understanding Ancient Greek, by using a modern classic book that interests children and adults all around the globe.

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