Alpha is for Anthropos is a unique introduction to Ancient Greek and Greek vase painting for all ages. The text consists of twenty-four original nursery rhymes in Ancient Greek to be sung to familiar tunes. Each poem or song aims to teach a basic Greek vocabulary word while placing it in a broader cultural and linguistic context. The illustrations amplify the meanings of the words and songs with evocative allusions to Greek mythology and the world of Greek vase painting. This book is a treasure trove for anyone, child or adult, who wants an exuberant yet erudite introduction to the riches of Ancient Greek language, art and thought.
Therese Sellers is a classicist who began studying Ancient Greek as a teenager and went on to study Classics at Harvard. She specializes in teaching Ancient Greek to younger students. She composed the nursery rhymes in this book for the first children she taught.