Report Learning Ancient Greek in Miscellaneous Topics Posted September 12, 2004 ... would it be possible to self-guide learning into Greek to the point where marginal Aristotle translations would be possible? Back in the '70s, I took two semesters of Classical Greek at Purdue University, in the Philosophy Department. I think our text was "Introductory Greek" ... I could look it up once I get home ... and the course was a lot less intensive than those mentioned by others! We read parts of the Gospel of Mark (easy reading) and Plato's "Euthyphro" (more difficult, but not overwhelming). Aristotle is really not too hard to read, in Greek! In fact, we found that many, many times it was easier to understand what Aristotle's meaning was from the original, than from the translation! Aristotle's sentence structure is generally simple and straightforward, as opposed to the convoluted sentences of the translators. His vocabulary is not huge, either. There are several good books: Fobes' "Philosophical Greek", and another, I think it was "Greek Philosophic Terms," that I could look up at home. I would recommend studying Aristotle with the Greek text on one hand, and a translation right next to it; you'll have to look up fewer words, since many of them will be made clear by the context. There are also "trots" or simple interlinear translations of works like Xenophon's "Anabasis," that can take a little of the drudgery out of learning Greek. So yes, I think it would be quite possible to learn enough on your own, to read Aristotle.