Excerpt from Vocabulary to the First Six Books of Homer's Iliad
IN making a vocabulary to six books of the Iliad the compiler has aimed to give to young readers of Homer an amount of help that shall commend itself to teachers as judicious. The main object of reading Homer in ... school is to make the acquaintance of the oldest and greatest of poets in his own original form. Hence it is well to plan for a liberal amount of such reading even in the years of preparatory Greek study, and the learner may wisely be helped at once over difficulties that would otherwise waste his precious time and spoil his pleasure in the story. In the modern way of think ing about classical studies, the habit of long groping in the labyrinth of a large dictionary is no longer deemed a valuable discipline.
This vocabulary seeks to render it possible to the student, without needless difficulty and delay, to find every Homeric form. Hence every such form that differs from the Attic is given in its alphabetical place, as also are such Attic forms as might perplex a be ginner. Many passages are cited to illustrate mean ings, and some difficult phrases are translated.
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