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Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby chalimac » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:24 pm

I'm trying to compile a list of works written in Homeric Greek by later authors. They can be used as additional reading material after learning Homeric. Please suggest any addition/modification:

* Apollonius Rhodius - Argonautica
http://archive.org/details/apolloniusrhodiu00apol
* Quintus Smyrnaeus - Posthomerica
http://archive.org/details/falloftroy00quin
* Nonnus - Dionysiaca
http://archive.org/search.php?query=DIONYSIACA
* Nonnus - Gospel of John
http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/0 ... nei__(CSHB)__GR.pdf.html
* Tryphiodorus - The Taking of Ilios
http://archive.org/details/oppiancolluthust00oppiuoft
* Colluthus -The Rape of Helen
http://archive.org/details/oppiancolluthust00oppiuoft
* Musaeus - Hero and Leander
http://remacle.org/bloodwolf/textes/hero.htm
* Apollinaris - Translation of the Psalms
http://archive.org/details/apolinariimetaph00apolrich
* Aramaic sections of The Book of Daniel in the Graecus Venetus:
http://archive.org/details/graecusvenetusp00marcgoog
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby demetri » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:37 pm

Perhaps not later, but maybe concurrent, any Hesiod links?
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby chalimac » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:21 pm

Hesidod - Works and Days and remains of the Epic Cycle:

http://archive.org/details/hesiodhomerichym00hesiuoft
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby Paul Derouda » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Homeric Hymns

Batrachomyomachy - I think this was used in the antiquity as an introduction to Homer. A really funny parody of the Iliad.
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby Markos » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:03 pm

Thanks for this. I think if one is to master Homer, yes, one has to read not only both epics but some epic-type literature from outside the canon. I knew about Nonnus. His paraphrase of John’s gospel is a lot of fun to read, though extremely difficult. I had no idea that there was a Homeric Psalter, and I will enjoy looking at that at some point.

Maybe worth mentioning—partly because there a new annotated edition just out—

http://www.amazon.com/Lucians-Syrian-Go ... 0983222886

is Lucian’s On the Syrian Goddess. It’s really written more in a Herodian than a Homeric dialect, but it is a fairly easy text in which one gets exposure to many of the Ionic (read uncontracted) forms found in Homer.
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby chalimac » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:49 am

* Denis Petau -Translation of Ecclesiastes
http://books.google.com/books?id=d60TAAAAQAAJ
* Olympia Morata - Translation of the Psalms
http://books.google.es/books?id=11pYAAAAYAAJ
* August Dühr - Translation of Hermann and Dorothea by Goethe (perhaps the most imporant effort in centuries)
http://www.pantoia.de/Goethe/Hermann/Duehr/index.html
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Re: Works in Homeric Greek not by Homer

Postby Scribo » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:58 pm

Well the epic dialect was a shared kuntsprache utilised by all poets singing epic as well as later writers either consciously writing new literary epics or just Greek authors in general.

I'd say to be careful of authors like Apollonios in the sense that there is quite a bit of departure from traditional epic language and quite a few students find him frustrating and difficult, but well, well, worth it. It just won't be that easy.

You're obvious choices are Hesiod, though a bit more westerly in dialect forms. The Theogony is probably marginally easier than Words and Days, the Aspis is easier than both. You also then get all the Homeric Hymns, which are very very important in getting epic "down". You should definitely be supplementing your study of Homer with the hymns to Apollo and Aphrodite. Fantastic way to practice vocab, formula and syntax as well as charming compositions.

Remember, when they ask you whose are the best songs, reply that it is the blind man from chios. :wink:
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