- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Geoffrey Steadman; 58415th edition (July 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984306536
- ISBN-13: 978-0984306534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homer's Odyssey 9-12: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary 58415th Edition
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Geoffrey Steadman (Ph.D., Classics) currently teaches Latin and Greek at a public high school in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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I use the JACT Reading Greek textbook and the Homer selection there is taken from Odyssey 6. Steadman has another volume covering books 6-8, and I toyed with the idea of using that to follow up the JACT selection. However, Odyssey 6-8 are not the most scintillating reading in the Odyssey, whereas books 9-12 are nothing if not scintillating. Steadman's texts are meant to be read from beginning to end, but they are also designed to be selectable, so there is no problem starting and stopping anywhere you please. All that students need is right there on the facing page. In fact it is possible to download the pdf for free and select a few pages if you just want to give a taste of Homer, but the book itself is so reasonably priced, it is worth it for students to buy.
The text is based on T.W.Allen's 1908 Greek edition of the Odyssey, which is out of copyright. It is reproduced in a somewhat unattractive font that could be a little bigger in my humble opinion, but that is quibbling. Since the book is self-published, there are errors here and there, but not many. Moreover, it is possible to contact the author via his Blog with errors and he will correct them in future versions. This is a tremendous boon to Greek instructors everywhere, to have a low-priced intermediate text that has handy resources for students who are just starting to read Homer. Compared to other texts that have glossaries and commentaries inconveniently placed in the back of the book, this text reduces the tedium of flipping back and forth. Steadman has done for these books of the Odyssey what Clyde Pharr's version has done for the first half of the Aeneid.
This is a clear, beautifully printed and produced book which cotains everything you need for study on your own.
I could not recommend this too highly!
I cannot think of a better way to read Homer, with a large readable font and all the rare words glossed on facing pages. Once again, Steadman's notes are as helpful as they are concise. He includes a nice discussion of Homeric scansion and in this volume for the first time he includes the core vocabulary under the text the first time through. This makes it even easier for beginners to get started on Homer right away.
In his previous volume, Steadman has some interesting things to say about how Odysseus might be slanting the story of his adventures so as to convince the Phaeacians to treat him better than the Cyclops and Calypso did. To, in a phrase, send him home. Steadman makes this same point in this volume with a quote from Marshall McLuhan: "The medium is the message."
It took Homer almost three thousand years, but he himself now has the perfect medium for his message: One Geoffrey Steadman. TOUTO TO BIBLION KALON ESTIN.