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Iliad, Book 1

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Homer's Iliad has captivated readers and influenced writers and artists for more than two thousand years. Reading the poem in its original language provides an experience as challenging as it is rewarding. Most students encountering Homeric Greek for the first time need considerable help, especially with vocabulary and constructions that differ from the more familiar Attic ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by University of Michigan Press
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While the format is well intentioned, there is so much translation provided next to the Greek text in this book that after a while students aren't really translating Homer at all. Instead, they are hunting down Draper's translations on the facing page. In their initial encounter with Homer I would much prefer to have students look words up and try to make sense out of the more challenging passages than to have it done for them constantly by a textbook editor.

My expectations were high on my firs
This is a great little students' edition, though coming from Attic I was a little bit hindered and could have used more assistance with Homeric forms. The introduction is fine, but not quite exhaustive enough. The commentary does err on the side of too much help --it's almost like an interlinear with the translation written below rather than between the lines -- but on the whole I think I prefer "too much" to "too little" in the help department. In any case it's a fantastic introduction and read ...more
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