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Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners


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This classic text provides you with a comprehensive introduction to Homeric Greek. Clyde Pharr’s distinct grammar offers thorough instruction on Classical Greek through reading one of the greatest literary works of all time—Homer’s Iliad. In addition to covering standard grammatical and lexical categories, Pharr provides reading lessons from excerpts of the Iliad for guided lesson application. He also includes a helpful introduction to Homer and the study of Classical Greek, several review sections summarizing the grammar’s content, and a brief introduction to Attic Greek. Both Greek-English and English-Greek vocabulary lists are provided for easy reference.

In the digital edition, this resource is enhanced by amazing functionality. Pull up this grammar as you read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Tablet and mobile apps let you read and learn on the go. With Logos, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place so you get the most out of your study.

For more on Homeric Greek, check out D. B. Monro’s Homeric Grammar.

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  • Comprehensive overview of Homeric Greek
  • Extensive reading lessons from Homer’s Iliad
  • Greek-English and English-Greek vocabulary lists
  • Review sections for quick reference

Top Highlights

“εἴδω (εἴδομαι) (ϝειδ-, ϝοιδ-, ϝιδ-), εἰδήσω, οἶδα know” (Page 310)

“Matthew Arnold: ‘Homer is rapid in his movement, Homer is plain in his words and style, Homer is simple in his ideas, Homer is noble in his manner.’” (Page xxxiv)

“With the Bible and Shakespeare, the Homeric poems are the best training for life. There is no good quality that they lack: manliness, courage, reverence for old age and the hospitable hearth; justice, piety, pity, a brave attitude toward life and death, are all conspicuous in Homer.” (Pages xxxiv–xxxv)

“Observe that there are no words used regularly in Homeric Greek with the meaning of the English article, either definite (the) or indefinite (a, an). One decides from the context whether or not the English article is to be employed in translation.” (Page 233)

“one is to read intelligently the works of the early church fathers, he must be well acquainted at first hand with Homer” (Page xxv)

  • Title: Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
  • Author: Clyde Pharr
  • Publisher: D. C. Heath and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 391

Clyde Pharr (1885–1972) was professor of Greek and Latin and head of the classics department at Vanderbilt University. He was also emeritus research professor of classics at the University of Texas, Austin. Pharr did his doctoral work at Yale and postdoctoral studies at several European schools, including the University of Berlin and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


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    Digital list price: $12.49
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