The Path Ahead: Collaborations and Relinquishing Editorial Control

The purpose of these commentaries has always been to promote lifelong reading habits in Latin and Greek. The free pdf files, the relatively inexpensive paperbacks, and even the decision to include two or more texts from each author has always been designed to encourage readers to pick up new titles before they break their habits and stop reading altogether.

Although I have not worked out all the details, my plan is to format the text and corresponding vocabulary pages and allow others with more nuanced understanding of the texts to assume editorial control, write the commentaries, and become the primary (and sole) authors. While I will encourage collaborators to consider POD and to make their files accessible to all, the authors will be free to publish the works however they wish. This measure, I believe, will produce better commentaries for readers in the near future.

While Odyssey 17-20, Aristotle’s NE 2-3, Lysias 18, Livy AUC Book 1, and Augustine’s Confessiones Book 1 are certainly candidates for this sort of collaboration, I will also be open to relinquishing copyright and offering up previously published titles such as Oedipus Rex and Antigone–both of which deserve more attention.  I will still publish the occasional work on my own–particularly if no interest is expressed by collaborators.

Of course, if I find that this approach does not work or, more importantly, does not serve the original purpose outlined in the first paragraph, I will pick up where I left off and continue to publish work on my own.

If you have titles to recommend, please include them in the comments. I take all recommendations seriously.

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