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.

What commentary would you like to see next?

In response to a poll on this website during the first week of July 2015 (see results below), I wrote a commentary on Euripides’ Medea, which is now available in pdf and will soon appear in paperback. I had planned to complete work on Iliad 1 and 24, which finished in 2nd place, last fall, but a change of jobs and a difficult move from Tennessee to Ohio has occupied much of my time until now.







I take your opinions very seriously and wish to continue developing commentaries based on your suggestions, but I now realize that I was mistaken to limit you to  five choices. And so, rather than offer a second poll with a few choices, I am opening the comment section of this post to your recommendations and promise to make your comments available for others to view and respond.

If there is consensus among the comments, then I will start of a new commentary project this month and have a completed draft available some time early this summer. Please let me know what you think.

What commentary would you like to see next?

Update: Thank you for all of the suggestions. I am still considering the possibilities. From now until the end of April, however, I have decided to produce a 2nd edition of Odyssey 9-12. The new edition will include the single-page format found in the Iliad 6 & 22 volume and will be available at the end of June, if not sooner, in pdf and paperback.