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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715617737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715617731
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Dr. Georg Autenrieth was the Director of the Gymnasium at Zweibrucken. He undertook the preparation of a school dictionary of the "Iliad "and "Odyssey "at the request of Teuber & Co., of Leipzig.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "hackloon" on 3 Jun 2004
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This is undoubtably a useful book for those coming to Homer in the original - but be careful! It contains numerous mistakes, not due to misprinting, but to its own antiquity. Scholarship has moved on a long way since 1877, and you would be unwise to rely too heavily on this edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Pound on 18 Jan 2010
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Although over a century old this is still an excellent Homeric dictionary - however as the original was Greek to Latin some of the more commoner words are left in the original Latin without an English equivalent so the reader will also require some knowledge of Latin
Some of the words also have classical illustations which adds further interest
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I bought this for my daughter who is studying AS Greek. She says that it is a fantastic and essential resource for her studies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on 25 Jan 2011
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There is no denying that this dictionary is a helpful aid for translating Homer.

However, it must be pointed out that it is no better than the Greek Lexicon, though, it is undoubtedly a cheaper option. The only two advantages that it has over the Lexicon are its sole focus on Homeric words (but rendering it USELESS FOR TRANSLATING OTHER TYPES OF GREEK), and its use of pictures to illustrate certain words (even though the internet could supply more detailed pictures).

MY ADVICE would therefore be to get the Lexicon - you can use it for everything! - or to refer to the Perseus digital library website, where you will find a free online interactive greek dictionary. The Homeric Dictionary is a a waste of money, unless you are a beginner or average student that wishes to focus on translating Homer, undisturbed by the modern world and the internet!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Essential dictionary for reading or translating Homer 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This dictionary was invaluable while I was translating The Iliad. It is amazingly comprehensive, full of wonderful illustrations that accompany the definitions and includes clear instructions on how to read Homeric verse.
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Indispensible Tool for Reading Homer 18 Aug 2003
By Platonistikon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary is an indispensible tool for reading Homer in the original. Because it focuses only on Homeric vocabulary, it is easier to use than standard lexica that include thousands of other words and later, non-Homeric meanings for Homeric words. Illustrations and detailed explanations are supplied for words describing armor and weapons and the like, which is helpful and not offered by most other lexica. Autenrieth is also more convenient than the glossaries found in beginner's texts because it allows the reader to look up words in a separate volume rather than turning to the back of the same book.
The introduction to the text claims that students should be able to read Homer with this dictionary almost twice as fast as they would with a standard lexicon. This may sound somewhat overblown, but in my experience it is true. Anyone reading a considerable amount of Homer would do well to pick up this volume and save themselves some time.
The only unfortunate thing is that this isn't available in hardcover. Why publishers increasingly fail to recognize the value of offering hardbound editions of reference works that are likely to be used often, I just don't understand. Even still, the Homeric Dictionary is worth owning if you plan to spend any serious time with Homer in Greek.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is good but Cunliffe is the last word. 28 May 2012
By Seoigheach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having used both Autenrieth and Cunliffe, it is easy for me to say that Cunliffe is better. Both books are excellent as far as they go and can be used to interpret the Homeric lexicon. The minor advantages of Autenrieth--and they really are minor--are (1) it is slightly more compact, if space is a premium; (2) it has occasional, schematized illustrations; and (3) by not listing some of the inflected forms it forces you to work harder to reconstruct the dictionary entries. The advantages of Cunliffe are (1) its comprehensiveness in including many of the derived or inflected forms, relieving the relative newcomer of time-consuming recontruction of dictionary forms; and (2) its large, almost overcapacious, citations to many entries: it is sometimes entertaining just to browse the entries. I own both but after I got Cunliffe I never bothered resorting to Autenrieth.

Hence the three stars. This really is worth five stars in terms of accuracy and in providing you with everything you need. But it is overshadowed by its competitor.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not the best choice 25 Mar 2008
By Graduate Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Autenrieth is a little outdated now, although the pictures are amusing. A better dictionary for Homeric Greek is Richard Cunliffe's Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Inferior to Cunliffe 21 Jun 2010
By James Wilk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Autenrieth will do the job and its illustrations are helpful, but the work is inferior to Cunliffe's A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, which includes the vocabulary of the Homeric Hymns (in addition to the Iliad and Odyssey) as well as book and line references to all the occurences a given word appears within the Homeric corpus.
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