I am pleased to see my login still works!
It's been half an age since last I posted here, er, that is to
say, more than a year. A lot of time was spent traveling
throughout the mountains of northern California and southern
Oregon, and during that time I took with me my little Iliad
Loebs, you know those nifty books with the original to one side
and the translation to the other? Though I started out with the
best of intentions, I must say, I came to a screeching halt in my
studies of Homer.
The problem, I daresay, was not with the translation, but rather
my own insistence to understand the root forms of the
words. Problem was, I could not often figure out just WHAT the
heck WAS the root form from the word that appeared in the
text. And though I have a couple of other fine references:
Liddell and Scott's Dictionary and Smythe's Grammar, I was yet
left befuddled on many occasion. Traveling as I was I had little
access to Perseus, and so, again and again, I was left hanging. I
just could NOT figure out some words, often little words. I like
to understand those little words, you know? I mean REALLY
I needed, I could see, a good Homer specific book.
Well, I was visiting yet again a page on
Harris's website[/url]. I know he and his ideas are occasionally
brought up in these forums, and not everyone agrees with him, but
I do fundamentally agree with his opinions about learning the
classics. Being all grown up now, I have little sympathy for
texts in the Wheelock style, noticing, as does Harris, that the
diminishment of classical language curricula and enrollments is
date coincident with the introduction of the teaching methods
demonstrated in that style of text. I am all done with college,
never to return, and much glad to be shucked of all traces of
academia in spite of half a life in the hallowed halls of
For someone like that, self teaching is the only way to go. I
have a career. I am self employed. I need no officially
sanctioned approval from any school. I know my own style. I am
DONE with the politics of the university scene -- a scene right
now, I am sad to say, that a sort of anti-classicism prevails. We
are taught that the Greeks were war mongering patriarchs who did
not in fact invent much of anything and who had many bad habits
-- except the archaeology shows a level of comfort and splendor
among the common people unknown to any culture in the world at
But I digress. I meant to simply make emphatic my own self
discovery: Further learning must occur on my own. The world is
going one way, and I am holding true to ancient and eternal
ideals, so it is no wonder that I should love Homer.
There are probably many here who are of the same ilk, and so I
suspect I express such thoughts not in vain.
Learning to learn all over again, I learned again the virtue of a
child-like approach in which all things are taken in directly in
accordance with actual use rather than theoretical ideals, and
so, when recommended Clyde Pharr's book, by the aforementioned
Prof. Harris, I eagerly sought it out, and LO! A search takes me
right back here where I once visited while still studying Latin.
So I downloaded the book, and THANK YOU.
What a jewel.
Here is a teacher after my own heart, and here is a book that has
already advanced me more in one day than in a month prior.
Now, I am very glad to have these forums to both share passions
and get answers to questions. I hardly think I am qualified to
answer others questions of any technical nature. I am very much a
beginner. Heck, I am still trying to figure out how to properly
display Greek fonts on my Linux box. I remember I was able to
just type things in beta code before and it would automagically
work, but I forgot where I stashed that reference...
Never mind, I found it the beta code ref. What the heck is the
bbcode to turn it on?
Test: a)/nqrwpos politiko\n zw|=on
So, see, I struggle still with the little things. Anyhow, I just
wanted to say, "Hello. I too am using Pharr's book and much
enjoying this new beginning, and thanks, thanks to all of you who
contribute, and thanks to whoever the angels are that make this
web resource available."