[quote author=JauneFlammee link=board=2;threadid=704;start=0#6749 date=1064423276]<br />I would really like to spend some more time looking up things in the grammar, but right now I'm pretty overwhelmed with vocabulary and I'm leaning on the translation for grammar help when needed.[/quote]<br /><br />The dirty secret here is that learning the vocabulary is just as vital as grammar. Probably more so once you get more familiar with the language.<br /><br />
Is there a best course of practice on this issue?
<br /><br />If you can, I'd recommend Benner's "Selections from Homer's Iliad." It has vocabulary, a brief grammar, and notes. The notes are sometimes a little odd, given the age of the book, but it's still a very useful tool. For example, hapax legomena (words that occur once
in all of Homer) are simply footnotes, so you needn't look those up. The notes in the back are extensive and help you to deepen your knowledge of how Homer works. Pharr after all only covers the first of 24 books.<br /><br />
Or is it better just to try and focus on understanding the greek in its entirety from the start?
<br /><br />I'd say this is the best route, but it's harder, and will be slower at first.<br /><br />For vocabulary I'd recommend using the Perseus vocabulary tool. Go to the site
and look under tools. There is a vocabulary tool that'll let you ask for, say, the 200 most common words in Book 2 of the Iliad, or indeed of the entire Iliad. Print out this list and focus on memorizing those words. You'll still need to look up words, but knowing the most common ones speeds things up.