I'm not sure what you mean when you say that the Odyssey was translated from the Classical Greek and not the Ancient Greek. I know nothing on this subject but as I gather from a Wikipedia article, what is called Ancient Greek is subdivided into three time periods, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic.You're right that the Odyssey was written in Classical Greek: but that is the middle period of Ancient Greek. In any case I'm sure that the language was not "quite different" in each period; but a single language in a stage of continuous development.So if you have gathered something different in your internet researches, I'd be interested to know the sources!
Vincent,Thank you for the site. I've read it, but I don't think I read it the time I made my comment on your blog "Homer's Odyssey." I'm confused.Ancient and archaic are synonym, right?I simply thought this way: ancient is oldest, classical is next oldest, and modern is pretty current. I didn't know Classical Greek is just one of the multiple terms within Ancient Greek. That's confusing. I misunderstood it. Thank you very much for this clarification. So, Classical Greek is from around 5th century. Once I went to observe just one Classical Greek class for an hour and half, but I ended up not taking it. But, at that time, I asked about the difference between Ancient and Classical Greek. I don't know if the teacher really understood what I asked since I was wrong about the concept of Classical, but I thought he said they were quite different languages. Maybe he thought I asked the difference between Classical and Modern Greek. Well, I've been using the words like ancient and classical quite loosely. Come to think of it, I should use classical for Genji Monogatari rather than ancient!
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