welcomes - in fact, it begs - submissions for articles and Greek poetic texts with commentary. Like all publishers, I of course have a few requirements for the format and content of the articles you send me. None of these requirements are really very strict, so do email me if you have an idea.

Text Commentaries has more than one intended audience. One major audience is beginners or amateurs who wish to read Greek for pleasure - that is, people who are not likely to be or become PhD's in Classics. So the commentaries that go with Greek poems need to be a little fuller on the basics than you'd see in a traditional commentary. There should probably be less discussion of obtuse points of history, archaeology and philology. If some controversy is really fundamental, then do talk about it, but a reference to other more detailed works should be enough for the curious.

Of course, if you really want to hold forth on some controversy, let me know. There's probably a good article in it.

Take a look at existing texts and their commentaries to get the basic idea. Of course, if you've taught the text you're commenting you're going to have a very good idea where beginners have trouble. Just keep in mind for that many of our readers will be working without the help of a teacher.


I'm probably going to accept any article that can somehow be related to Greek poetry unless your starting assumption is that the Greeks learned to craft poetry from a hyper-intelligent race of space-faring esthetes.

Apart from Greek texts with commentary, my current wish-list of articles includes 1) a history of Greek poetry with brief bios of the main players; 2) anything which helps self-learners with Pharr's textbook, or Greek grammar in general; 3) facsimile, text and commentary on Book 1 of Sappho, which, I suppose, you will need to find in a clay jar in the Egyptian desert. I have a personal interest in Stoic interpretations and responses to Homer and to poetry in general, but I doubt there are many studying this topic.

Feel free to email me if you have some other ideas.

New Works

Though I certainly don't plan to specialize in this, I have recently opened an area of this web site for new poetic works in Classical Greek, starting with my slightly odd opening volley, Classical Greek Haiku.

Submission Format

At this point I can accept two formats:

PDF. Since I don't currently have a PDF editor, we would need to work together via email to handle any editing I feel is in order. When you send me the PDF I'll spend time looking over the document, then make any suggestions or corrections via email.

When we're ready to publish the text, I'll send you the full URL to where the PDF will be located, which you should add to the front page PDF as the final edit. This will remind people where they found the article when all their friends want a copy, too. You may want to include a copyright.

Plain Text with a dash of HTML. I actually prefer submissions in this format. If you know HTML, you may add markup, but if you don't I can handle that when I prepare the text for publishing.

For plain text, please represent Greek using Betacode. If you put all betacode text between beta tags, like this:

<beta>mh=nin a)/eide qea\</beta>

I'll be able to prepare your article much more quickly, since I've written some programs to mark this up in the image format I use to represent Greek on

Please do not send me word processor format documents. This includes WordPerfect and Microsoft Word, for example. I cannot read this. By all means use whatever editor you like to write your article, but save the document as ASCII. I do not have any editors that can handle these other formats without seriously deforming your text.

Editorial Policy

For the most part I use a very light hand in editing, but I will correct for punctuation and grammar. If I feel text is awkward, or needs amplification or abbreviating, I'll let you know what I think should be fixed, and we can work together to come to a text we can both accept.

Try not to get too wild with punctuation or indulge in exotic grammar.

If I've done any editing, I'll have you check a non-public page version of the text for your final persual before I link it into the main pages.

I may have other readers look over new texts if I feel I'm unable to fairly judge the quality of the work. I'll contact authors before I do this. It is helpful if you preemptively give me permission to do so when you send me a submission, but this isn't required.

Copyright. Authors retain copyright to their work.

Please make sure you have clearance on Greek texts if you use full versions of those. I'm quite fond of Oxford Classical editions, but not so much that I want to chat with their legal department.