Grammatical Terms in Ancient Greek

Back in March, Louis Sorenson posted a helpful comment to B-Greek: The Biblical Greek Forum. In it he included a link to a great resource for finding the terminology that Ancient Greek writers used to describe their language. Here’s the relevant portion of his comment:

Randall Buth in his books Living Koine lists some of these terms in his appendix on pages 175-178. William Annis has collected a number of those terms primarily from Eleanor Dickey’s Ancient Greek scholarship: a Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica and Grammatical Treatises, from Their Beginnings to the Byzantine Period, Oxford University Press, 2007. You can find his collection of terms at

This terminology could be very useful in developing a new reference grammar for the Hellenistic Period. For earlier discussions of that topic, go here.

One Reply to “Grammatical Terms in Ancient Greek”

  1. You might be interested in an online document in which Seamas Macdonald is collecting terms. I’ve been contributing to it as terms are discussed on B-Greek or as I find new terms. In my teaching, I’ve used some terms to great profit παρατατική / αόριστος οψις (continual / aorist aspect) is especially useful in contrast to “Present” aspect – a misnomer.

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