Site Columns By Caillan
November 12, 2002 - 5:31 PM

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The latest Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'Books Received' list landed in my inbox a few days ago. I always find this interesting because it enables me to find out what books have been published recently in the up-to-the-minute world of classical scholarship.

This is especially relevant at this time of year since Christmas is coming up, and my parents, anxious to avoid a repeat of the Great Jacket Debacle of 1997, usually ask me to provide a list of things I would like. I always find this a bit problematic, because I do like to be surprised at Christmas. Then again, the memories of the jacket incident always loom in the back of my mind whenever I say the words 'Surprise me!'

One of the books that caught my eye on the BMCR's list was the Companion to Herodotus, which (the blurb says), offers "up-to-date and in-depth overview of of all these current approaches to Herodotus' remarkable work." It also costs $208.00 dollars. That's US dollars, so I can only imagine the price when converted into Australian dollars. Academic books are always priced so that no student can actually afford to buy them unless they happen to have very rich relatives, but this blows them all out of the water.

There's a new translation of 'The Odyssey' out, which also comes with an audio version. "Perfect for the car or classroom!" says the blurb on the web site.

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