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Homeric Dictionary (Paperduck)

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ISBN-13: 978-0715617731
ISBN-10: 0715617737
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Text: English, German (translation)

About the Author

Dr. Georg Autenrieth was the Director of the Gymnasium at Zweibrucken. He undertook the preparation of a school dictionary of the Iliad and Odyssey at the request of Teuber & Co., of Leipzig.
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Product Details

  • Series: Paperduck
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (June 22, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715617737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715617731
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This dictionary was invaluable while I was translating The Iliad. It is amazingly comprehensive, full of wonderful illustrations that accompany the definitions and includes clear instructions on how to read Homeric verse.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Platonistikon on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary is an indispensible tool for reading Homer in the original. Because it focuses only on Homeric vocabulary, it is easier to use than standard lexica that include thousands of other words and later, non-Homeric meanings for Homeric words. Illustrations and detailed explanations are supplied for words describing armor and weapons and the like, which is helpful and not offered by most other lexica. Autenrieth is also more convenient than the glossaries found in beginner's texts because it allows the reader to look up words in a separate volume rather than turning to the back of the same book.
The introduction to the text claims that students should be able to read Homer with this dictionary almost twice as fast as they would with a standard lexicon. This may sound somewhat overblown, but in my experience it is true. Anyone reading a considerable amount of Homer would do well to pick up this volume and save themselves some time.
The only unfortunate thing is that this isn't available in hardcover. Why publishers increasingly fail to recognize the value of offering hardbound editions of reference works that are likely to be used often, I just don't understand. Even still, the Homeric Dictionary is worth owning if you plan to spend any serious time with Homer in Greek.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seoigheach on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having used both Autenrieth and Cunliffe, it is easy for me to say that Cunliffe is better. Both books are excellent as far as they go and can be used to interpret the Homeric lexicon. The minor advantages of Autenrieth--and they really are minor--are (1) it is slightly more compact, if space is a premium; (2) it has occasional, schematized illustrations; and (3) by not listing some of the inflected forms it forces you to work harder to reconstruct the dictionary entries. The advantages of Cunliffe are (1) its comprehensiveness in including many of the derived or inflected forms, relieving the relative newcomer of time-consuming recontruction of dictionary forms; and (2) its large, almost overcapacious, citations to many entries: it is sometimes entertaining just to browse the entries. I own both but after I got Cunliffe I never bothered resorting to Autenrieth.

Hence the three stars. This really is worth five stars in terms of accuracy and in providing you with everything you need. But it is overshadowed by its competitor.
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