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Homer: Odyssey I-XII (Greek Texts) (Bks.1-12) (Greek Edition) (Greek) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1853995026
ISBN-10: 1853995029
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W.B. Stanford was Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin and served as the twenty-second Chancellor of the University. He is perhaps best remembered for his commentaries aimed at students on Homer's Odyssey, Aristophanes' Frogs, and Sophocles' Ajax.

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  • Series: Greek Texts
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press; 2nd edition (1996)
  • Language: Greek
  • ISBN-10: 1853995029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853995026
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This and its companion volume are *the* student texts with commentaries that one would want to use to read the complete Odyssey at a beginning or intermediate level. The introduction is very thorough and provides a good summary of Homeric scholarship up to the time when it was written (1950s), comments on some of the distinctive features of Homeric grammar and syntax, and gives helpful overviews of words for parts of ships and houses that make it easier to understand what's going on in certain parts of the story. It would have been nice for a glossary to be included, but you can't have everything. A great example of the type of student editions of Greek/Latin texts that were once so common.

But I have to be a little frustrated with Bristol's presentation of this fifty-some year old text. I must start by saying that I appreciate their making available at a reasonable price a book that would certainly otherwise be out of print, as they do for many classical texts; this is a great service to the unfortunately small group of modern students of the classics. But the method by which this old text is reproduced leaves something to be desired.

I would imagine that what has been done is the old text has been scanned into a computer and is now reproduced as graphical images--i.e. the actual text of the book has not been re-typeset in a format that could be edited or manipulated, but we are looking at essentially photocopies of the original pages of the book. The result is that the text is often somewhat blurry. This problem is especially bad with the Greek text in the introduction and in the commentary in the back (which is in a smaller font size than the main Greek text, which is generally readable).
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Unlike reviewer Craig Russell's copy, my copy is perfectly clear and legible.
Considering the size of the commentary - 213 small (13x18 cm) pages - Stanford did an amazing job of explaining what readers should know to appreciate fully the first twelve books of the Odyssey. The introduction is also excellent, especially the invaluable, concise exposition of the grammar of Homeric Greek.
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It is the best scholarly edition available as far as I know. I would have preferred a clearer typography: Like so often in classics, the text is a photographic reproduction of a much earlier printing. Each time a text is copied it necessarily loses some clarity. This is especially important for classical Greek, where it is quite difficult to distinguish between a smooth and rough breathing, especially under a circumflex accent. The binding is annoying: the book will not stay open by itself; even with a thumb inserted in the page in order to flip to the endnotes it is quite awkward. -- The notes, however, are often helpful; in fact, the main problem is in difficult or questionable lines with no note. In view of the age of this edition, the intro and notes cannot take account of the latest scholarship. Still, I recommend it highly, unless and until a better edition comes out. It is very nice to have the first half of the Odyssey together in a single volume, together with a discussion of scansion and particularities of Homeric diction and grammar, a concise reference grammar, etc.plus 213 pages of notes, (Loeb has clearer print, to be sure, but there is no commentary on language or contents, just a facing translation.)
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Delivered when it said it would be. A few pages smashed up in delivery, not bad though.
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