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A lexicon of the Homeric dialect /
Richard John Cunliffe ; with a new preface by James H. Dee.
edition
Expanded ed.
imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.
description
xiii, 492 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0806143088, 9780806143088
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imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.
isbn
0806143088
9780806143088
language note
English and Homeric Greek text.
catalogue key
8649668
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-01-01:
Cunliffe's Lexicon, first published in 1924 and frequently reprinted, remains a valuable tool for students and teachers of Homer. It covers the Iliad and Odyssey, but not the Homeric Hymns. Although the Lexicon omits proper names, this edition also reprints Cunliffe's Homeric Proper and Place Names, originally published in 1931 and long out of print. Cunliffe provides very full references for each meaning of a given work (exhaustive, except where noted by an "etc."), lists most verb forms that occur in Homer, and cross-references many irregular forms. His major failing is his tendency to select a single definition for words of uncertain meaning. Both of his works are famous for the exceptional care taken in proofreading and the relative absence of typographical errors; reproducing the original text has preserved this. James H. Dee has added a very short list of corrigenda to this edition, along with a foreword and a conversion table for book numbers and the Greek letters once commonly used to designate the books of the Iliad and Odyssey. Georg Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges (new ed., 1958), Cunliffe's chief rival, typically provides fewer references and less detail. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. F. W. Jenkins University of Dayton
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Review Quotes
"In its expanded form, this edition of Cunliffe's Lexiconis now the best single-volume Homeric reference in English."- Bruce Louden,author of TheIliad : Structure, Myth and Meaning
"The Lexicongives students the help they need to read Homer extensively, with pleasure, and with the fewest possible obstacles. Every Greek student and every college library needs it."- Modern Language
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Main Description
For nearly a century, Richard John Cunliffe's Lexicon of the Homeric Dialecthas served as an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Homer's Iliadand Odyssey. As both an English-Homeric dictionary and a concordance, the Lexiconlists and defines in English all instances of Greek words that appear in the two epics. Now, with the inclusion of Cunliffe's "Homeric Proper and Place Names"-a forty-two-page supplement to the Lexicon-this expanded edition will be even more useful to readers of Homer. In his original preface to the supplement, Cunliffe explained that proper and place names had to be excluded from the Lexicon"chiefly on the ground of expense." Although the Lexiconhas enjoyed perennial popularity, scholars have long lamented the absence of "capitalized" name-forms in the Lexicon. By consolidating the two works into one handy single-volume format, this expanded edition fills the only gap in Cunliffe's indispensable reference. In his preface to the expanded edition, James H. Dee explains the benefits of uniting the two dictionaries. In addition, Dee provides a brief list of errata and a helpful key to Cunliffe's system of referencing the poems according to Greek letter.
Main Description
For nearly a century, Richard John Cunliffe's Lexicon of the Homeric Dialecthas served as an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Homer's Iliadand Odyssey. As both an English-Homeric dictionary and a concordance, the Lexiconlists and defines in English all instances of Greek words that appear in the two epics. Now, with the inclusion of Cunliffe's "Homeric Proper and Place Names"- a forty-two-page supplement to the Lexicon-this expanded edition will be even more useful to readers of Homer. In his original preface to the supplement, Cunliffe explained that proper and place names had to be excluded from the Lexicon"chiefly on the ground of expense." Although the Lexiconhas enjoyed perennial popularity, scholars have long lamented the absence of "capitalized" name-forms in the Lexicon. By consolidating the two works into one handy single-volume format, this expanded edition fills the only gap in Cunliffe's indispensable reference. In his preface to the expanded edition, James H. Dee explains the benefits of uniting the two dictionaries. In addition, Dee provides a brief list of errata and a helpful key to Cunliffe's system of referencing the poems according to Greek letter.

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