A while back I asked Cleo at Classical Carousel to give me a few suggestions on where to start my introduction to ancient literature. In return she offered me an amazing array of options that I think will all really suit my style of learning. So thank you very much Cleo! If any of you are interested in discovering ancient lit in the future, you might find the following information useful.
My first step was to order The Book of Ancient Greeks by Dorothy Mills from the library, as Cleo suggested. It took a while to arrive, because they had to bring it from out of town, but yesterday I finally got my hands on it. Since I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, and the physical attributes of the book are the only ones I can comment on for now, I just have to say how much I am in love with this precious chunky volume. I will probably make a post about it tomorrow to showcase its vintage beauty, so all I have to say right now is that they don’t make books like this anymore. I have only three weeks to finish it, so it’ll be moved to a priority spot on my reading list.
Next I will be turning my attention to the study of The Iliad. The epic poem has been on my TBR for the longest of times and I even tried to include it into Adam’s challenge last year. Unfortunately I didn’t get further than first three books, so I decided to have another go this year. To assist me with better understanding of the poem and the context in which it is set, I will be renting The Iliad of Homer (part of the Great Courses series) lead by professor Elizabeth Vandiver. I have to thank Cleo again for introducing me to this wonderful series, because I haven’t really heard of it before! If your library carries it and you are interested in self-learning, do take advantage of the opportunity and check it out – it carries incredible value. Parallel to viewing Vandiver’s lectures I will naturally be reading the poem and making some notes to post here on Tasseled Books.
By the way, I have also just received a notice from the library that The Epic of Gilgamesh that I ordered a little while ago is on its way. This was kind of a serendipitous coincidence, because I totally forgot about that loan and it would fit nicely into my ancient lit project.
Right now, like Odysseus, I have a clear plan to follow, but who knows what kind of hydras and cyclops might be lurking around and trying to pull me aside for an adventure or two. I might stumble on an unexpected gem somewhere and alter my course of action! I will continue my research of ancient literature once I get closer to completing the first introductory stage, but in the meantime, feel free to suggest some more amazing old books for me to indulge in.