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Some feel that Homer is too beautiful and too exquisite to be used as a corpus vile for the teaching of Greek grammar. But the very fact that he is so beautiful and so exquisite is the very reason why he should be used at this early stage, that the students may have an added incentive for learning their grammar, and may not come to hate and despise the whole subject. Thus they may see, even from the beginning, that Greek is something worth working at, and they may have material interesting enough that the necessary grammatical drill will not seem so much useless drudgery.”  From Clyde Pharr : Homer and the study of Greek

By Homer (Bilingual – Greek/English) Anthology: Achilles’ Grief, Returning to Ithaca & The Underworld

Literal Translation and Exegesis of THE COMPLETE ILIAD, by Th. A. Buckley

Prose Translation of THE COMPLETE ODYSSEY, by S. Butcher and A. Lang

Homer based lessons in Ancient Greek

Clyde Pharr’s Homer and the study of Greek

Interlinear Homer’s Iliad

A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey

Evelyn-White: The Ionic School of Epic Poetry ||| The Trojan Cycle of Poems ||| On the Homeric Hymns ||| On the Epigrams of Homer ||| On the Burlesque ‘Homeric’ Poems ||| On the Contest of Homer and Hesiod

A Homeric Dictionary * Homer Homepage, by Steven Hale. Including links to the complete texts, general background information, notes on the homeric world and the tradition of the epics, images, chat rooms

Gogol, We recognise in them the divine origin of man

Homer and Job (a discussion)

What does Aristotle say about Homer? – by Malcolm Heath

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey full text (in Greek original, to download)

Cf. Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

“Homer is interesting not only to older students, but is particularly adapted to the youngest who now take Greek, as the earliest experiments, made with boys from nine to fourteen years of age, have amply demonstrated. He serves the double purpose of introducing them adequately to the language and of furnishing them with reading material as interesting as can be found in any literature, something too of permanent value; and he should come by all means as early as possible in the course, that he may serve as a suitable basis for the development of those qualities of taste and appreciation, without which the study of all art is in vain. And after we have begun with him, we find his treasures inexhaustible. In Herbart’s expressive phrase, “Homer elevates the student without depressing the teacher.”  From Clyde Pharr : Homer and the study of Greek

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