Excerpt from The Greek in English: First Lessons in Greek; With Special Reference to the Etymology of English Words of Greek Origin
The issue of a second edition of this book calls for very little modification of What was said in the preface to the first.
The object ... of it, as then stated, is to enable pupils to gain some real and living knowledge of that part of English which came from Greek, without at the same time compelling them to waste time and brain - tissue in mental discipline of doubtful value. Let it be said at once, however, that the writer has no faith in royal roads to learning; does not pro fess to have compounded an educational nostrum which will, in a few weeks' time, electrify a boy or girl into the mastery of a difficult tongue; and does believe heartily in giving an important place in our educational system, for some genera tions yet, to the patient and thorough study of the Greek language and literature. This book is not intended to lessen the number of those who shall enter upon such a course of study, indeed it is hoped that it may increase that number. Yet it is not a sufficient introduction to the reading of a classic author, and hence is not a rival of the various excel lent First Lessons in use.
It merely attempts to teach that minimum which even those who wish to banish the study of Greek from our schools would admit can least easily be spared; and it is written in the belief that that portion is absolutely essential to a ready command of a full English vocabulary.
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