Primary Sources in Translation. Palaima Trzaskoma, Stephen. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co, Review by Jerker Blomqvist, Lund University. The three editors of the book are teaching at the University of New Hampshire and have a thorough experience of such courses.
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Primary Sources in Translation. Palaima Trzaskoma, Stephen. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co, Review by Jerker Blomqvist, Lund University. The three editors of the book are teaching at the University of New Hampshire and have a thorough experience of such courses. At least in my own university, the need for adequate textbooks and other teaching tools for those courses is strongly felt by both teachers and students, and ACM is likely to be appreciated as a most useful addition to already existing didactic aids.
In addition to these literary texts, the book also contains three appendices with Linear B texts, inscriptions and papyri, respectively. The three editors are responsible for most of the translations, but in the case of a few, mostly shorter, texts they have relied on already existing translations, sometimes modifying or adapting them to their own particular objectives. A separate section on Linear B texts is, to my knowledge, a novelty in this context.
It has been entrusted to a specialist in the field, Thomas G. Apart from the texts themselves, it contains a short presentation of the material and the difficulties of interpretation connected with it. What they offer are early attestations of heroic and divine names including that of Dionysus, who, before the decipherment of the Mycenaean texts, was thought to be a late immigrant in Greece , and they demonstrate clearly that the origins of Greek myths can be traced back at least to the Mycenaean age.
That makes them relevant in the context of classical mythology as well. The editors have, in my opinion, made a sensible selection of texts. Obviously, they aim at including a great variety of material, thus creating a teaching tool from which teachers and students can make their own choices according to individual preferences. However, certain text corpora of major importance for classical mythology are entirely missing, viz. The editors cf. In the book the translated texts appear in alphabetical order, from Acusilaus and Aelian to Xenophanes and Xenophon.
That is a practical arrangement, since the reader will be able to retrieve a certain text without consulting an index. A detailed table of contents provides a good overview of the book.
Their dates range from Hesiod to Fulgentius 5th or 6th cent. Every writer or anonymous text corpus is provided with a short introduction never more than a page , which defines its approximate date, general character and the mode in which it has been preserved. This is how a classicist will understand the phrase, but such traditional stories as an anthropologist of our time would classify as primary source material—retold orally and unaltered by literary ambition and intellectual reflection—are mostly out of reach to the student of classical mythology.
The sources at hand are typically several steps remote from their supposed originals. This is of course a result of the dominant position that Greek culture obtained in the Roman Empire and its continuation into the western world which arose from the remnants of ancient civilization.
Textbooks on classical mythology normally include lists of books and articles that are recommended for further study and which the students tend to take little notice of. Such bibliographical information is practically absent from ACM; the editors provide only a list of the text editions on which their translations have been based pp. Being a mere collection of source material, ACM cannot stand alone in a mythology course but must be combined with one or more works that treat general themes mythological theory, methods for analyzing the myths, comparative mythology, etc.
Towards the end of the book the editors devote a section to the transliteration of Greek names and to explaining the sometimes bewildering practice of naming ancient characters. The concluding page index contributes to the usefulness of the book.
It includes the names of all characters appearing in the texts, plus a number of frequently occurring terms.
Greek names are listed there both in transliteration and with Greek characters, and Latin forms, if existing, are added. Cross-references are provided whenever needed e. The editors follow without pedantry the principle of transliterating Greek and Latin originals differently. This may seem confusing at first to a trained classicist but is unlikely to be an obstacle to the freshmen. To conclude: ACM is a useful and serviceable supplement to the existing textbooks for mythology classes.
Its primary merits are the great number of texts included, their variety, the adaptability of contents and structure to different pedagogical situations, the support it offers to the inexperienced student, and a remarkably low price.
Anthology of Classical Myth
Kim To ask other readers questions about Anthology of Classical Mythplease sign up. Other editions — View all Anthology of Classical Myth: I believe this volume will be an invaluable contribution to way we teach Classical myth at the university level. Sean M Messenger rated it really liked it Jul 26, No trivia or quizzes yet. Anthology of Classical Myth by Stephen M. Since Trzakoma can hardly be held responsible, for good or ill, for the content of these ;rimary texts, it translatiln better here to note that this volume includes useful introductions to the various texts would the students only read them This is a great translation that makes it easy to read. Not only does it provide, under one cover, good translations of the two complete books essential to every course Theogony; Homeric Hymnsit also offers hundreds of pages of additional primary material Ancient interpretation of myth is represented here in selections from the allegorists Heraclitus, Cornutus and Fulgentius, the rationalists Palaephatus and Diodorus of Sicily, and the philosophers and classicaal Plato, Herodotus and Thucydides. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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