Thank you for all of your helpful advice!
First, the book recommendations. I looked at all the books on Amazon and Beginning Greek With Homer
by F. J. Beetham seems to be the best volume for me because 1) It is self-contained (no need for an extra answer key) 2) well-written (at least as far as I could gather from the "Look Inside" feature) and 3) inexpensive. Technically Pharr's is least expensive (as it accessible for free online), but I would like to have a hard copy.
I'm fairly certain I'll start with Homer, but I think I will adapt thesaurus' plan to whatever Homeric books/readers I decide to use. If I did start with Homeric, would I be able to read through simple (or even simplified) Koine texts, without any Koine-specific study? (Forgive me if I sound greedy because I want to read Koine without studying it specifically
) I wouldn't be reading much Koine, but apparently it can be a nice break from Homeric.
modus.irrealis, thank you for answering my question on the alphabet. I've already learned most of the alphabet using a NT Greek course. I've heard there are two letters in Homeric Greek that aren't part of later dialects, but should be learned anyway because they are used occasionally in Homeric. Can anyone clarify or tell their own experiences with this part of the dialect?
Honestly, I am confused by this statement,"For me, three months would have been too ambitious and it took me much longer to read actual Greek texts, even the simpler ones," because it conflicts with things I've read elsewhere. The Attic book, "Teach Yourself Ancient Greek," I borrowed from the library says it starts with real Greek texts after lesson 9, which seems to indicate that it's possible to read actual (albeit simple) texts in three months. Also, I read a summary of Athenaze and it seems that it starts off with genuine Greek early on. Or perhaps it would take over three months to get that far in those books? I'm almost willing to be overambitious if it allows me to set a truly motivating goal (here, reading real Greek sentences).
One final question: is "Homeric" preferred over "Epic"? Or can they be used interchangeably?
Again, thank you for your advice and patience.