[First posted in AWOL 21 March 2011. Updated 8 September 2013]
"Aoidoi" is classical Greek for "bards," like Homer, or just "poets." This site is dedicated to the study of ancient Greek poetry from the Epics to Anacreontics. Most of the work is directed at producing versions of Greek poems with vocabulary, grammar and dialect notes for beginners.
Meter and Recitation
- For the confused beginner, Greek Dialects - Where to Start
- Lesbian Aeolic.
- Choral Doric
- Bucolic Doric
- A general introduction to Greek meter (PDF)
- In Some Comments on the Epic Caesura I give a possible origin for the heroic hexameter, and then analyze the first 21 lines of Iliad A with special attention to the caesura.
- In Reciting the Heroic Hexameter I present one way to recite hexameters. The PDF has links to MP3 examples.
- The Error of Caragounis, a summary of some problems with C. Caragounis' notion that Ancient and Modern Greek are pronounced identically.
- A reference: Words with Digamma in Epic.
- Which word shapes go where: Localization in the Hexameter. On pp.53-57 of Chad Bochan's notes on iambic comp are localization tables for iambic trimeters.
Meta - About Aoidoi.org
- Anacreon and Anacreontics
- To Dionysus.
- Anacreon 358.
- Anacreon 395.Anacreontic
- 7 (6B). To himself "The women say 'you're old, Anacreon.'"
- 21 (21B). Drink up!
- The Greek Anthology
- The Shield of Achilles, Iliad 18.478-608, by Nicholas Swift.
- Homeric Hymns
- Sappho 1: To Aphrodite
- PMG 976: "Insomnia"
- "Some Say," Sappho 16
- "He's lucky as the gods," Sappho 31
- "Chase after the beautiful gifts of the Muses," Sappho 58
- "As when the moon outshines the stars," Sappho 96
- Simonides of Ceos
- Theognis 1-4, to Apollo
- Theognis 5-10, also to Apollo
- Theognis 11-14, to Artemis
- Theognis 133-142, on the limits of human action.
- καὶ τὰ λοιπά — random works that don't fit elsewhere