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Reading Course in Homeric Greek: Book One (revised) (English and Greek Edition) (Bk. 1) [Paperback]

By Raymond V. Schoder (Author), Vincent C. Horrigan (Author) & Leslie Collins Edwards (Revised by)
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"A Reading Course in Homeric Greek, Book One, Third Edition" is a revised edition of the well respected text by Frs. Schoder and Horrigan. This text provides an introduction to Ancient Greek language as found in the Greek of Homer. Covering 120 lessons, readings from Homer begin after the first 10 lessons in the book. Honor work, appendices, and vocabularies are included, along with review exercises for each chapter with answers.

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Studio: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.
Pages   434
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.92" Width: 8.35" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   2.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1585101753  
ISBN13  9781585101757  

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More About Raymond V. Schoder, Vincent C. Horrigan & Leslie Collins Edwards

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leslie Collins Edwards (Ph.D. Cornell University) is a Lecturer of Classical Literature and Languages at the University of California, San Diego, with research interests in Greek literature and Greek education.

Raymond V. Schoder was born in 1916 and died in 1987.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Reading Course in Homeric Greek: Book One (revised) (English and Greek Edition) (Bk. 1)?

pleasant change from the norm  Oct 11, 2008
I like this book, along with part 2 as well. The answers are in the back for self study, and the pace is quick, but the vocab comes slow so you can keep up with the grammar without getting slowed down by a ton of vocab. It takes a little while to come to the verbs but when it does, it really does. There are plenty of exercises, and there are entire chapters dedicated to review. I really liked Athenaze. However, it's slow moving for someone who already knows the linguistic jargon that comes with learning a classical language. So, overall, I thought this book to be better.

Homeric vs. Athenaze:
1. Faster pace with less vocab intake (in the beginning). Athenaze: very
slow pace with lots of vocab throughout.
2. Primer for Homeric epics. Athenaze: a little of everything.
3. Answers are in the back. Athenaze: I'm not sure about the latest
edition but there was a 3rd book, which was an answer key.
4. The entire 1st year comes in one book (unlike Athenaze).
5. There is a 2nd book that is a reader for a part of the Odyssey.
6. The pace in general is just different; I like it.
The best entry into Epic Greek language  Jan 8, 2007
If you want to read ancient texts in Greek, the best way, now pleasantly-surprisingly feasible with this book, is to start in Homer (however many individuals you believe actually composed the works under that name). I say this for two reasons:

1. Literarily, Homer's works function in almost all ancient Greek and Roman literature in the same way that the King James Bible and Shakespeare's works function in English literature.

2. Linguistically, it's always easier to go forward in time through linguistic changes than to go backward. English speakers today have to work at first to get the right feel for Shakespeare's English, and even the later ancient Greeks (after the time of Alexander the Great) depended on their scholars to explain "difficult" parts of Homer's language for them.

This textbook is good. It rewards you with frequent, and real, accomplishment at each step. However, if you're a complete beginner in Greek who has never "declined" nouns and adjectives in any other language, you'll get much better results by taking a class based on this book or else by meeting frequently with a qualified private tutor. If you are comfortable declining nouns, and you are able to teach yourself a language efficiently, you can profitably work through this book on your own.
A most welcome 2006 edition of a classic text!  Sep 16, 2006
This excellent 3rd edition, including some well-chosen revisions and supplements, retains all the advantages of Schoder and Horrigan's measured approach while improving typography and readability, expanding the (extra-Homer) readings, and speaking more clearly to the preparation-deprived student of our time (earlier editions pretty much took for granted conceptual understanding of grammar and syntax). The book's pace is excellent and so is its well-phased introduction of new concepts as the student progresses. Self-correcting exercises are also included for the first time. Selections from the Odyssey begin halfway through the book, after the student has acquired sufficient knowledge and cultural background to appreciate them.
Highly recommended. I hope that Collins Edwards, the reviser, is even now working on Book 2, last republished (2nd edition) in 1986.
An enlightening pleasure  Aug 5, 2006
"A Reading Course in Homeric Greek" is a wonderfully-written text, filled with warmth and wisdom. This is a key to the genetic code of Western Civilization!
Wonderful  Oct 16, 2001
Having just finished Book 1, and begun Book 2, I can say without a doubt that it was primarily this text that enabled me to make the progress I have. I have examined both this series, and the Athenaze, and would very much recommend this one, not becuase it is better, per se, but because it is more rewarding. Indeed, I have finished just one year of a language, and can already read one of its most famous authors! To a highschool student who has already taken 5 years of another language, and still cannot read classic Spanish literature for want of elevated course rapidity, this is astounding. I will say that this pace does require some level of devotion. There were times (around sections 25-30, and again at sections 50-60) when I was convinced that I could go no further. Yet, I have made it to Book 2, and say that anyone else can as well, just so long as they put the work into it, persevere, and occasionally can talk to a good tutor. This last point is really the key. I find this text far more useful than the Athenaze, but I must also relate that, as with any language, it is best to learn it at least partly from one relatively "fluent" in it. A tutor is a must for almost all. With that said though, I will restate the fact that this is a wonderful and rewarding text to study from, and one that will undoubtedly amaze any who would never consider themselves able to read ancient Greek. Just give it a try--as long as you stick to it, you will eventually succeed.

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