seanjonesbw wrote:Something that I read again and again is that trying to tackle Homer after the New Testament is a very difficult task and not for the faint-hearted, with little backing-up of that claim.
I would strongly disagree with that assessment. For a long time most students began by studying Attic. Nobody made the same claim about them when they switched over to a study of Homer and I would suggest the same is true for somebody who started with Koine.
One good thing about Pharr's book is that he aims it at students who have not had any prior experience with Greek at all. In his introductory essay he makes his case that beginning with Homer is the best way to begin a study of Greek. Whether or not you agree, he starts by having students learn the Greek alphabet and goes on from there.
Since you already have a solid grounding in the language, you should be able to focus your efforts on the differences in the declensions, the vocabulary, obviously covering a different domain than NT Greek, and the areas of syntax which are more complex than NT.
There are some other issues which can be a problem for anyone. For example, the fact that lots of imperfect and aorist verb forms lack the augment in Homer.
I would say to throw caution to the wind and just jump in. Work your way through the first dozen lessons quickly (since you already know most of the material anyway) and head straight into the beginning of the Iliad. You can always return to this forum and ask questions as needed. Pharr's Greek to English exercises are mostly a recasting of that lesson's Iliad passage in more prose-like syntax so that when you go back to the poem you have a very good idea of the meaning and can overcome any issue of word order and possible ellipses while still achieving a decent understanding of the poem.
Given that Pharr's text only covers the first book of the Iliad, the matter of vocabulary won't be one of extremes and you will have begun to acquire a knowledge of Homeric 'formulas', to use the terms of Milman Parry, that will help ease your way through subsequent books.
I think it is a lot of fun and hope you will ignore the nay-sayers and give it a go.