Greek-English Lexicon is an Ancient Greek dictionary suitable for students of the Ancient Greek language. It is the 1924 Liddell & Scott edition, which is in the public domain and has entries for 116,505 words, including definitions, etymologies, and citations.
There are App Preferences for setting the font size, even if some users couldn't find it.
-added support for iphone x notch screen sizing
Ratings and Reviews
This Greek Lexicon does its job but it's been replaced by Lexiphanes on my iPhone. This Greek-English Lexicon app doesn't make use of the standard iPhone UI, instead it tries to take over with full-screen and not even using standard UI in full-screen. Also, it's pretty slow to open up the app and then search for a word. However, since it's using the open-source LSJ Lexicon from Perseus project it's got good information in the backbone. The ability to increase and decrease the font size is nice, I suppose, and I guess people like the ability to hear keyboard clicks. However, competing against Lexiphanes which has a much nicer interface, runs faster, two (yes, two) lexicon dictionaries to search (LSJ, Autenrieth) and costs a few dollars less than this one, it's not a difficult choice.
Great content, unattractive interface
There's no question that having a portable LSJ is a great boon for reading Greek. Kudos for a fine job of porting this classic work to the iPhone.
I would have preferred, however, to see LSJ come to iPhone as, well, more iPhone-ish. Despite the screenshots, the app takes up the whole screen, covering up the status bar at the top; there's really no need for that, and I for one like to keep an eye on the time and the battery meter. The problem with the lack of a splash screen or set of instructions is simply that the app blanks the screen and takes a long time to load, so perhaps what we really need is some indication that that is precisely what is going on. Finally (and I think worst of all), this app, like its Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary counterpart, has a name that is longer than the iPhone can display, which makes it an ugly duckling as it sits next to other apps on the main screen.
But the good news is that the developer is obviously responsive to user feedback posted here (to any who have missed it, you can change font size, keyboard click, and keyboard format under "Settings"). Let's hope this app continues to evolve.
Great idea, problems with implementation
This app fills a real need. Students of ancient Greek will find it very useful to have L&S in such a convenient format. Unfortunately, the application itself has some flaws. The lack of a final sigma is distracting. (If this is a coding issue, maybe the developer should consider switching to a lunate sigma?) Worse is that I sometimes have problems getting the keyboard to appear, in spite of multiple taps. Restarting my iPhone seems to help here. And cross-referenced words are only sometimes hyperlinked; it would greatly increase the app's utility if all cross-references had links.
Despite these issues, it's a useful app, and at $1.99, the price is right. I'd happily pay a little more for an updated version that was a little more functional. I'd also be curious to know whether the abridged L&S (the "Little Liddell") is out of copyright. If so, it would be worth converting to the iPhone: with its expanded collection of morphological forms, it would be even more useful for Greek students wondering whether something is an aorist or a perfect.
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- david finucane
- 51.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2008 David Finucane
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.