[B-Greek] What resources should be in one's Greek library (wasCon Campbell on Interlinears -- ADDENDUM

James Spinti JSpinti at Eisenbrauns.com
Wed Oct 7 13:17:15 EDT 2009


If you want only the Greek texts, you could try the Oxford Classical Texts, affectionately called OCTs by those of us who have spent far too much money on them over the years:

They are the definitive version of most texts, containing an apparatus criticus and a preface discussing the textual issues (usually in Latin, although the newer ones are now doing it in English). 

There are also the Teubner texts (expensive); I believe that de Gruyter is now publishing them. And I should mention the Bude texts (similar to the Loeb, but with French on the facing page). The Bude texts are larger font and easier on the eyes than the Loeb, if you read French :)

Various individual texts have separate editions, usually with commentaries. For example, Oxford has a series of school texts with grammatical commentary aimed at the intermediate student (look for used copies!). On the more advanced level, if you can get your hands on some of the older commentaries by scholars like Jebb, consider them worth the time and money (although Carl may disagree with me...).

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-----Original Message-----
From: b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mike Noel
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 12:49 PM
To: B-Greek
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] What resources should be in one's Greek library (wasCon Campbell on Interlinears -- ADDENDUM

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 8:11 AM, George F Somsel <gfsomsel at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Everything I mentioned excepting the Odyssey, Moule's _Idiom Book_, Thucidides, Herodotus, Plato and (at the moment) Smyth are available in Logos.  I prefer the electronic edition for basically two reasons:
> 1.  They are more easily searchable.
> 2.  They don't occupy any shelf space and are more readily portable (Try taking your library with you on a trip!).

I understand these reasons but I much prefer a print book for the
following reasons:

1) It bothers my eyes to read on a screen for extended periods of time
2) I can't sit in a comfortable chair by the fire and read from a
computer (laptop exception, see below)
3) I can't read from a computer in bed (laptop exception, see below)
4) I can more easily read a book while waiting in the car to pick up
5) I like the feel of a good book in my hand

(laptop exception: I realize that laptops are more portable than
desktops and that they _could_ be used for casual reading in an
armchair or bed but I've tried that before and, at best, it is clunky
and awkward.)

I recognize that the above reasons are all very subjective so I don't
feel on a personal mission to convince everyone to agree with me.  I
have considered getting a book reader (Sony or Kindle) but haven't
yet.  The book reader would cover issues 1-4 but not so much 5.

Anyway, I have been having a very hard time finding print editions of
Greek texts other than the NT.  I saw the Loeb library stuff and I'm
not really happy with it.  The books are too small.  Where are some
good sources to get Greek texts?

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