What ancillaries do you need?


What ancillary materials should this site provide that would help you, as an independent reader, as a student, or as a teacher, make the most of the commentaries on this website?

One reader, for example, suggested links to Quizlet flashcards sets for core vocabulary, and that recommendation has been a very good one. The Quizlet sets for First Catilinarian have proven to be very popular and will be included with future commentaries.

What do you recommend?

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Recommended: Thucydides’ Melian Dialogue

A Professor of Classics at Mt. Holyoke College has just published a 96-page commentary on the Melian Dialogue in the same format that is used in the volumes on this website. The book is available in paperback for 8.95 USD on Amazon (link).


I recommend this book to anyone reading Greek at the intermediate level or above and hope that teachers of ancient Greek will consider using this inexpensive commentary in their courses.

If you consult the “Look Inside” search function on the Amazon website, you will have full access to the introduction, bibliography, core vocabulary, and a few pages of the commentary itself.

The book is well worth a look.



Euripides’ Medea on Amazon

Euripides’ Medea was published in August 2015 but is only now available on Amazon ($10.95 USD). A link to Amazon can be found in the right-hand margin of this website.

I always like to add new features to each commentary to see whether they should be included in future volumes, and the Medea is no different.

One feature of this commentary, not found in earlier volumes, is a simple five-page summary of the uses of the optative, the subjunctive, and αν + indicative found in the tragedy (pp. 105-109). This summary, I believe, will go far in relieving a reader’s anxiety about the sort of constructions she will encounter in the tragedy and make the reading experience more pleasurable and insightful.

Another feature that I think readers will find useful in the glossary is the summary of the uses of φαίνω and ὄλλυμι in the play and a tally of Euripides’ use of various correlative pronouns and adverbs.

These two sections highlight the benefits–particularly for instructors–of using the search function available in the free pdf copy of the commentary. With a simple search for “opt,” for example, one can find and compile every instance of the optative in the play. Likewise, a search for a dictionary entry such as ἄσμενος will reveal every page where that word occurs in the play.


2nd ed. of Odyssey 9-12 now available

Among the very helpful comments and suggestions for future projects, several readers convinced me to put off a new project and work on a much-needed revision of Odyssey 9-12 during the Spring of 2016.

The 2nd edition is now available in print and includes the following changes:

(1) The two-page commentary format is now a single-page format with ten lines of Greek text and all corresponding vocabulary and notes on the same page.

(2) A running core vocabulary list has been added to the introduction.

(3) The grammatical notes have been completely rewritten and expanded.

(4) The Greek text has been converted to unicode Greek.

A pdf of this 2nd edition is available on the Odyssey 9-12 page (link above), and a link to the paperback on Amazon ($14.95 USD) can be found in the right-hand margin of this website.

I am very grateful to J.O. in North Carolina and P.D. in Massachusetts for encouraging me to complete this revision.