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New Modules Iliad and Odyssey Commentaries

Monday, December 10th, 2007

The best just got better. In addition to being the only place to get a morphological text of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, now you can use some of the old school commentaries to help you read along in the Homeric texts.

First is a 3-for-1 commentary set which includes the following commentaries

  1. Allen Rogers Benner [1903], Selections from Homer’s Iliad, with an introduction, notes, a short Homeric grammar, and a vocabulary.
  2. Walter Leaf [1900], The Iliad, edited, with apparatus criticus, prolegomena, notes, and appendices.
  3. Thomas D. Seymour [1891], Homer’s Iliad, Books I-III and Homer’s Iliad, Books IV-V.

The second commentary set is for the Odyssey and it includes only one commentary, but it is, nevertheless, a good one:

  • W. Walter Merry; James Riddell; D. B. Monro [1886], Homer’s Odyssey.

Both commentaries function quite similarly and, while being usefully run in BibleWorks, they run as stand-alone HTML help files as well. In order to use the files profitably in BibleWorks, unzip the contents of both to the C:\Program Files\BibleWorks 7\databases folder. The next time you run BibleWorks they will show up under the Resources menu under a category called “Classics Resources.”

Happy Reading!!

DOWNLOAD Iliad Commentaries!

DOWNLOAD Odyssey Commentary!

Update: Dead link fixed.

User-database: Homer-Hesiod completed!!

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Someone must have been really good this year because Christmas is striking early and often. My new hero in life, John Jackson, just completed his ginormous endeavor to tag and lemmatize the entire Homeric/Hesiodic corpus and because he is such a gracious individual he allows me to import this material into BibleWorks. Who’s the real winner? We all are! By all means, drop John a note to tell him how awesome he is!

So without further ado. Update your files, because John Jackson has finished and this latest database (HHJ and HJM) includes the Shield of Heracles and all of the Homeric Hymns, lemmatized, tagged and everything. Wow.

The Hesiodic material is based on the Evelyn-White edition, which can be found online via Google.


Vocab Module: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

The latest files are up which now include a vocabulary module that hits every word in the Iliad and Odyssey!

You can use this vocab module to provide Word Tips in BW which means easy reading in Greek. Obviously the glosses provided here (which are almost entirely based on the endless work of John Jackson) are no substitution for Liddell-Scott entries, but they sure make for smooth reading if you’re already comfortable with the Greek language. And if you’re not, you can use this module to start learning Vocabulary by frequency, book, or one work (i.e. The Iliad) of Homer vs. the other!