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iliad for children
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 1994
From: Greg Daugherty
Subject: Iliad for children

A colleague has a child doing the OM exercise "The Iliad". Can any of you recommend a good edition for ages 8-10 (grades 3-5)? In or out of print would be of interest.

Date: Tue, 4 Jan 1994
From: Kalev Pehme
Subject: Re: Iliad for children

When I was a child, I loved an Iliad and Odyssey which was written and illustrated by the Provensons. I was frantically looking around my house for it, but I can't find it. I used to read the same copy I read to my son when he was at that age. The text is meager in terms of the original, but the pictures are magical, especially the ones for the Odyssey. I don't think it's in print any more. It is lovely, though.

Date: Wed, 5 Jan 1994
From: Anderson Sarah
Subject: Re: Iliad for children

For those interested, the pictures are by the Provensens, while the text is "adapted from the greek classics of Homer by Jane Werner Watson." It was published by the Golden Press in 1956.

Date: Wed, 5 Jan 1994
From: David Tandy
Subject: ILIAD for children

Greg Daugherty inquires after an Iliad for kids. I have never seen but have heard from many people (mostly older) that there is nothing better than Padraic Colum's *The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy* (MacMillan 1918). For slightly older children there is *The Legend of Odysseus* by Peter Connolly (Oxford, recent), which tells the whole story and has really neat, "accurate" illustrations.

Date: Wed, 5 Jan 1994
From: Donald Lateiner
Subject: Re: Iliad for children

I would urge that all colleagues that have an "Odyssey of the Mind" team in the neighborhood go in and discuss the Iliad excercise (if a team is attempting that) with the children. I did it for a fifth-grade team and they were really interested, asked good questions, and wanted me to come back and check out their routine when it was rehearsed to debug it. This is an OPPORTUNITY, folks, to have people like you preach the excitement of ancient literature. We don't have many, but the classics students of tomorrow (for which we pray, and may there be myriads) will be formed in grade schools today, if at all, or if in sufficient numbers to keep us eating. I worry that we reach out too rarely beyond our ivied or ivy-like Ivory towers.

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 1994
From: Greg Daugherty
Subject: Re: Iliad for children

Let me second this. I've "consulted" with fifth graders before, and really enjoy ed it. OM is also a lot of fun to judge if you can avoid the parents. Classical problems seem to come up about every other year. Be careful about volunteering too much. OM has very strict rules about how much help the kids can get.

Date: Sat, 8 Jan 1994
From: "McMahon, John M"
Subject: Re: ILIAD for children

Volume 10 (1990-1992) of *The Augustan Age* features materials that originated in an NEH Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers on Ovid's *Metamorphoses*.Part Two of the publication has a fine bibliography for Classics at that level along with some other interesting suggestions for classroom activities.

Date: Mon, 10 Jan 1994
From: Dean Hammer
Subject: Re: Iliad Top Ten

As another book on the Iliad that undergraduates might find accessible, Seth Schein's The Mortal Hero comes to mind. Among its many virtues, it provides a pretty good discussion of some of the different controversies in approaches to reading the Iliad.
Culled from classics.log9401b and classics.log9401a
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