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Purpose: I write intermediate Greek and Latin for three reasons: the first reason is that I enjoy it; the other two reasons are that, having begun the Classical Languages late in life, I believe we ought to read more material better. There is much clamor at the moment in the world of Classics about ‘language acquisition’ and getting a ‘feeling for the language’ (Sprachgefühl): the use of intuition in reading is, I believe, important, and for that reason I spend many hours making Running Vocabularlies and Facing Vocabularies for each page, to make reading as pleasurable, simple, and quick as possible. However, I believe that ‘reading with understanding’ is even more important than mere ‘reading’; pleasure may justify a hobby but it does not justify whole institutions supported by tax-payer dollars and general donations. Classics has been (nearly) unique in teaching its adherents the usefulness and wisdom in learning the ‘art of slow reading’: reading that is thoughtful, meticulous, and exact in its reception of the text. For this reason I append careful notes on grammar and syntax relating to the finer nuances of language, all the while signposting to the great reference works on grammar and usually one commentator or two, in the belief that this is the true reward of our labor. I am thrilled if my commentaries may help in either of these two pursuits.
Self-Publishing: though it has less general acclaim, I, as Geoffrey Steadman, have the one great aim of being useful and if I can allow thousands (as opposed to dozens) access my work with a click from all over the world this to me has the greater advantage. Scholarly care is not, however, ‘thrown out the window’. As one may see from my Biography, I take the disciplina of Classics very seriously and try to hold the work I make available for free to the same standard as the work I do ‘professionally’.
A Short Biography: I received my B.A. in Latin at Hillsdale College, my M.A. in Greek, Latin and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College, and am now a PhD Fellow in Early Church History at the University of Tübingen in Germany. I am writing a philological and historical commentary on books XI-XIV of Eusebius’s Praeparatio Evangelica, in which are treated the relationship of Plato–and subsequent Platonism–to the Christian and Jewish traditions. My interests range widely, but in method and approach I remain indebted to my Classics training and education: in all my work I strive for that philological rigor and attention to detail that distinguishes Classics as a discipline.
I am happily married to my best friend, without whom I could achieve few (if any) of the things I aspire to. We currently have a one year-old son, Edmund, and enjoy walking in the foothills of the Swabian Alb and catching glimpses of Hohenzollern in the distance.
I can do little better than to say with Geoffrey Steadman that preparing students to read Latin and Greek beyond the four years of college (or high-school, as the case may be) is an undervalued but vital task for those dedicated to the furtherance of Classics as a discipline. With the expansion of Steadman’s model, I hope to do just that.