The texts presented here are "reading texts." That is, they are intended for reading for pleasure. This means certain things you might expect from classical texts are missing: no critical apparatus, no or few variant readings given, no lengthy footnotes revisiting 100 year old controversies. For that sort of thing you should consult the standard critical texts, or one of the scholarly web sites dedicated to textual reconstruction.
Many of the texts will be highly annotated with vocabulary and grammar references to help beginners. You should have a basic grasp of the most common declensions and conjugations, including at least a passing familiarity with the athematic verbs. The most common conjunctions, pronouns, prepositions and particles will rarely be defined unless there is something surprising about how they are being used in a particular passage.
I myself am most familiar with the Epic dialect. As a consequence uncontracted verbs and augmentless aorists seem perfectly natural to me. Please do send me comments if you feel I've skipped over something that should be explained.
- Anacreon and Anacreontics
- To Dionysus.
- Anacreon 358.
- Anacreon 395.
- 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