David Chamberlain is creating "Reading Homer": an audio recording of the Iliad and Odyssey
4

patrons

$14
per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey

"Why is this not a thing?" 

Now it's a thing.


If you've clicked through here after seeing my site and listening to some of my readings, thanks so much for even considering supporting me.  I want to make one thing really clear: I'm going to complete this project because I think it's a cool thing to do, and we all need to feel we're doing cool things.  I'm not depending on support, and I'll be super happy just to know that the work is appreciated.

With that said, here's what I'm working on: I'm creating good quality audio recordings of all of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, in the original ancient Greek.  I'm reading them so that the hexameter rhythm is easily appreciated - so much so that, on my main site, you have the option of listening with a rhythm track.  I do my best to bring out pitch accent, and to avoid inappropriate stress accent, but not so much so that the words become secondary to sing-song pitch variation.  My main hope is that these recordings will help anyone reading Homer enjoy the poetry as the product of an oral tradition. 

I'm releasing the work under a CC-BY license - do what you will with it, just give credit.

The work is available on my site, with visual annotations (full scansion of the texts) at  hypotactic.com.  The audio files (including high quality flac) are archived on archive.org, and those are podcast enabled on my site.  If you've made it here without seeing either of those, you can listen to a sample.

When I have time to devote to the project, I seem to be able to release about 1 book per week.  I had a hiatus over the summer, but I'm hoping to push through at that rate and get the Iliad done this winter.  I'll probably then pause to reflect, then start in on the Odyssey.  

My qualifications: I've been studying Ancient Greek for over 35 years.  I have a B.A. from Oxford and a Ph.D. from Berkeley, both in Classics.  I'm currently teaching part time at the University of Oregon.  I make enough to pay my bills (just), and I spend lots of time with my kids (who think I'm pretty weird for doing this).

My Inspiration: anyone who creates great things for the heck of it, then shares them freely without thought for profit.  Linus Torvalds and Sal Khan are great examples.
Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
2 patrons
My workflow for recording Homer.  I'll share info on my equipment and the custom javascript/html setup I use to record flowing poetry without having to laboriously edit out mistakes.  You can try it too :-)
Pledge $10 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
0 patrons
A video version of the Shield of Achilles from Iliad 18.  Well, not a video of the shield itself, obviously, but a video of me reciting the passage.  Hopefully videos will be a part of this project in the future, but this will be a first foray into the genre.  I'm no Bieber, but...
Pledge $15 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
0 patrons
An early release video/javascript tutorial on scanning Homer's dactylic hexameter.  This is an early version of a part of the project that will eventually be freely released.  I'd love to get your feedback on it.
Goals
$14 of $200 per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
In the unlikely event this niche project earns some real money, I'll be able to devote some time to a second project: writing and releasing OER (open educational resources) translations of key texts in classics (Homer, Sophocles, Plato...).
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"Why is this not a thing?" 

Now it's a thing.


If you've clicked through here after seeing my site and listening to some of my readings, thanks so much for even considering supporting me.  I want to make one thing really clear: I'm going to complete this project because I think it's a cool thing to do, and we all need to feel we're doing cool things.  I'm not depending on support, and I'll be super happy just to know that the work is appreciated.

With that said, here's what I'm working on: I'm creating good quality audio recordings of all of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, in the original ancient Greek.  I'm reading them so that the hexameter rhythm is easily appreciated - so much so that, on my main site, you have the option of listening with a rhythm track.  I do my best to bring out pitch accent, and to avoid inappropriate stress accent, but not so much so that the words become secondary to sing-song pitch variation.  My main hope is that these recordings will help anyone reading Homer enjoy the poetry as the product of an oral tradition. 

I'm releasing the work under a CC-BY license - do what you will with it, just give credit.

The work is available on my site, with visual annotations (full scansion of the texts) at  hypotactic.com.  The audio files (including high quality flac) are archived on archive.org, and those are podcast enabled on my site.  If you've made it here without seeing either of those, you can listen to a sample.

When I have time to devote to the project, I seem to be able to release about 1 book per week.  I had a hiatus over the summer, but I'm hoping to push through at that rate and get the Iliad done this winter.  I'll probably then pause to reflect, then start in on the Odyssey.  

My qualifications: I've been studying Ancient Greek for over 35 years.  I have a B.A. from Oxford and a Ph.D. from Berkeley, both in Classics.  I'm currently teaching part time at the University of Oregon.  I make enough to pay my bills (just), and I spend lots of time with my kids (who think I'm pretty weird for doing this).

My Inspiration: anyone who creates great things for the heck of it, then shares them freely without thought for profit.  Linus Torvalds and Sal Khan are great examples.

Recent posts by David Chamberlain

Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
2 patrons
My workflow for recording Homer.  I'll share info on my equipment and the custom javascript/html setup I use to record flowing poetry without having to laboriously edit out mistakes.  You can try it too :-)
Pledge $10 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
0 patrons
A video version of the Shield of Achilles from Iliad 18.  Well, not a video of the shield itself, obviously, but a video of me reciting the passage.  Hopefully videos will be a part of this project in the future, but this will be a first foray into the genre.  I'm no Bieber, but...
Pledge $15 or more per book (chapter) of the Iliad or Odyssey
0 patrons
An early release video/javascript tutorial on scanning Homer's dactylic hexameter.  This is an early version of a part of the project that will eventually be freely released.  I'd love to get your feedback on it.