- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Geoffrey Steadman (March 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984306528
- ISBN-13: 978-0984306527
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homer's Odyssey 6-8: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary
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About the Author
Geoffrey Steadman (Ph.D., Classics) currently teaches Latin and Greek at a public high school in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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It cannot be overemphasized how wonderful it is to have the vocab on facing pages. The vocab in Homer is unbearably extensive, and what a joy not to be flipping through a lexicon. You can still look up some words, and you probably will if nothing else to find the roots, which can be helpful in vocab retention, but Homeric vocab is pretty straightforward, and Steadman's glosses cover the range of meanings well.
His grammatical notes are not as extensive as they are in his Symposium. There Steadman gives you explanations and interpretations of EVERY conceivable difficulty. Maybe because the syntax of Homer is much simpler than the syntax of Plato, Steadman is less generous with his help here. Of course, he has to give you about twice as much vocab here than in Plato, so he may simply not have room. Also not in this volume are the helpful same-page paradigms which he gives in his Plato.
None of this is meant to knock this book. I absolutely recommend both books, and I intend to buy virtually anything Steadman produces in this series, which are priced very reasonably.
As to the Odyssey itself, it is either the greatest book ever written in any language, or it is the second greatest after the Iliad. Starting on Book 6 was a good idea since Beetham covers book 5. I don't know anything about Geoffrey Steadman, but I hope he is either a young man or he writes very fast. I want to see him cover all of Homer and as much of Plato as he can.
Steadman has made all of his book available online for no charge. The paper edition is so inexpensive, and the book is just so wonderful, that you should get it anyway. You'll be happy you did!