So, at the risk of being berated for being a typical poorly educated member of my generation, I'm going to complain about how hard it is to learn using old materials. I know, I know. I'm a product of an environment of internet sound bytes and youtube clips to the extend that I've lost even the most basic ability to learn from the classic materials that have been educating students for generations. I'm sorry, I just can't seem to get the hang of using a book from the 1920's (referring to Pharr) with it's tiny print, constant references to the back of the book, no answer key and poor black and white pictures. Blame it on my pitiful American education.
But here's the thing: I really want to be able to read the language. I love the stories, and how each sentence is like a little puzzle that contains a little treasure of wisdom upon comprehension. I love Greek mythology, philosophy and history and I would consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to come into contact with these in their original language. And I'm not afraid of memorization! I've taken a year of college level (modern-day American college level, but still) Latin and Ancient Greek and didn't mind memorizing the necessary paradigms and vocabulary. I just wish they were presented in a better way! Endless tables and lists of rules are frustrating and boring. If there is no better way, then I shall persist in this dogged style.
However, I come now to you to ask if there is a better way. A quick Amazon.com search led me to "Reading Course in Homeric Greek" edited by Edwards. Does anyone know if this is a text that might be laid out with a little more sympathy for the learner. I know the classics community prides itself on its conservative methods and all, but I think us pitifully educated youths of the forthcoming generation could use a little sympathy.
I just want to be able to read the classics in their original language. I don't care so much about composition or pronunciation except insofar as they enhance the comprehension of the readings.