‘A Cup of Tea with Homer’

Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748611850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653386 | DOI:
‘A Cup of Tea with Homer’

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This chapter discusses John Stuart Blackie's methods in teaching. Blackie wrote the essay The Pronunciation of Greek and travelled to Athens to prove that the Greek Language is not dead. He demonstrated his theory in a marketplace that by returning to a pitch accent ancient Greek would be made quite easily intelligible to modern Greeks. Over the years Blackie won some support for his views on pronunciation and on using modern Greek in teaching the classical language. He was once quoted as saying that his aim with the Greek class was not to cram their heads with grammar, and such nonsense, but to teach them to sit down and drink a cup of tea with Homer. After he retired in 1882 Blackie clearly had more opportunity to make a nuisance of himself, but in Edinburgh he was regarded like a much-loved monument whose less pleasing features could be overlooked.

Keywords: John Stuart Blackie; modern Greek; Greek; Athens; Homer; Edinburgh

Chapter.  15999 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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