A companion to Bloomsbury's popular two-volume Greek to GCSE, this is the first course for Latin students that directly reflects the curriculum in a clear, concise and accessible way. Enhanced by colour artwork and text features, the books support the new OCR specification for Latin (first teaching 2016) as well as meeting the needs of later students, both at university and beyond.
Written by two experienced school teachers, one also an examiner, the course is based on a keen understanding of what pupils find difficult, concentrating on the essentials and on the explanation of principles in both accidence and syntax: minor irregularities are postponed and subordinated so that the need for rote learning is reduced. User-friendly, it also gives pupils a firm foundation for further study.
Part 1 covers the basics and is self-contained, with its own reference section. It outlines the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary of 275 Latin words to be learned. Pupil confidence is built up by constant consolidation of the material covered. After the preliminaries, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: the Fall of Troy, the journeys of Aeneas, the founding of Rome and the early kings, providing an excellent introduction to Roman culture alongside the language study.
Henry Cullen teaches Classics at Winchester College, UK. John Taylor was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School, UK, and now teaches at Manchester University, UK. He is an experienced examiner of Ancient Greek and the author of the widely used textbooks Essential GCSE Latin; Latin Beyond GCSE; Greek to GCSE; and (with Stephen Anderson) Greek Unseen Translation and Writing Greek.
Contents Chapter One The Latin alphabet Capital letters Punctuation Pronunciation Latin in English Abbreviations and phrases Inflection (1): word order and endings Inflection (2): modern languages Inflection (3): what the endings tell us Verbs: first conjugation Nouns: first and second declensions Working out the subject Word order `the' or `a'? Three important conjunctions The verb to be Prepositions (1): with the accusative Summary of grammar covered in Chapter One Chapter One vocabulary Chapter Two Genitive, dative and ablative cases Noun cases: a summary table First and second declensions in full Translating with the ablative Prepositions (2): with the ablative Second declension neuter Verbs: second, third and fourth conjugations New verbs The infinitive Background: the Trojan War and the origins of Rome Using wordlists The Judgement of Paris To, from and in cities Time phrases (1): `time how long' The wrath of Achilles The death of Patroclus The death of Hector The Trojan Horse and the fall of Troy Chapter Two vocabulary Chapter Three Chapters One & Two grammar revision summary Imperfect tense Translating the imperfect tense sum - imperfect tense Aeneas and Creusa The verb possum Adjectives (1): laetus -a -um The Trojans head for Crete Noun anomalies (1): nauta Noun anomalies (2): vir, puer, liber Adjectives (2): miser -era -erum Vocative case The Imperative The Trojans depart from Crete Time adverbs Two contrasting receptions Scylla and Charybdis Chapter Three vocabulary Chapter Four Perfect tense: first conjugation Perfect tense: second, third and fourth conjugations Perfect tense: summary table Third declension nouns In the land of the Cyclopes Storm and Rescue Background: Aeneas' epic quest Questions (1) Dido and Aeneas (1) Third declension neuter Mixed conjugation verbs Dido and Aeneas (2) Pronouns and possessives (1) Time phrases (2): `time when' Dido and Aeneas (3) Dido and Aeneas (4) Chapter Four vocabulary Chapter Five Verbs: future tense Time adverbs (2) sum & possum: future tense Time adverbs (3) The Sibyl and the Underworld Personal pronouns and possessive adjectives (2): nos, vos, noster, vester The eating of tables Adjectives (3): third declension The future site of Rome The victory of Aeneas Adverbs from adjectives Background: From Aeneas to Romulus Romulus and Remus The foundation of Rome The relative pronoun (qui, quae, quod) and the relative clause The Sabine women The Deification of Romulus Chapter Five vocabulary Chapter Six tbc Reference Grammar English to Latin vocabulary Latin to English vocabulary