[b-greek] Re: Attic and Homeric Greek vs. Koine

From: Ann Nyland (accuratebibles@accuratebibles.com)
Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 23:07:12 EST

I would suggest the Odyssey rather than the Iliad as it is more of a story
and the reader is not struggling with vocab. for guts, liver, kidneys,
spleen, and so on. And imv, it is a little easier. No doubt a medical
student would prefer the Iliad, while people eating breakfast would prefer
the Odyssey.

Yes, in an exam I once translated "I have been around the world and had many
adventures" instead of the correct, "The Sidonian women dyed their garments

In a 1st year exam, we had a comprehension entitled, in English, "The envoys
have come about a truce" followed by a slab of Greek from Anabasis. The
first question (a throw-away, so people could recover from the unseen) was
"Why have the envoys come?" - most people didn't know!

Ann Nyland

----- Original Message -----
From: <Polycarp66@aol.com>
To: <accuratebibles@accuratebibles.com>;
Sent: Sunday, 24 February 2002 2:52
Subject: Re: [b-greek] Re: Attic and Homeric Greek vs. Koine

> In a message dated 2/23/2002 8:20:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> accuratebibles@accuratebibles.com writes:
> >Once you are reasonably
> >happy with such texts, then move to the Ionic dialect - Homer and
> >(say Book 2). Try the Odyssey rather than the Iliad. After that, move to
> >Greek which will be a welcome relief!
> Hmm. I remember in 2nd yr. Greek translating something on the order of
> "Sing, goddess, of the wrath of Achileus . . . "
> from Book I of the Iliad - which brings me to my question: Why would you
> recommend the Odyssey rather than the Iliad?
> gfsomsel

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