Learning Greek with Plato: A Beginner's Course in Classical Greek (Bristol Phoenix Press Classical Handbooks)
By: Frank Beetham (author)Paperback
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Adult learners of ancient Greek are often attracted to it by the prospect of being able to read in the original a particular author or genre. Greek philosophical writing and Plato in particular is often the target. This book's material has been tried and tested by the author over the years with adult classes, and can be used as a course textbook, or as a handbook for self-teaching. Each of 25 sections is clearly laid out - with tabulation of Greek word-forms and grammar. Each includes ample exercises and practice in reading Greek sentences. Readings in later sections consist of passages of continuous Greek from Plato's Meno, a typical Platonic dramatic dialogue.
Frank Beetham is a retired teacher of Classics and author of the successful Beginning Greek with Homer (Bristol Classical Press, 1994).
Preface Introduction: Background to Plato's Meno Section 1 The Alphabet, Punctuation and Accents Section 2 The Verb "I am" Asking Questions Nouns and Declensions Adjectives Plurals Section 3 Subjects and Verbs - Verb Endings Personal Pronouns Neuter Plural Subjects Section 4 The Object Accusative of Respect or Manner Note on Greek Dialects Section 5 Verbs - Middle and Passive Endings "This", Section 6 The Present Infinitive Adverbs The Genitive Case Section 7 Conjunctions The Dative Case "Who?" and "What?" "Someone" and "Something" The Vocative Case Third and Mixed Declension Adjectivess Section 8 Prepositions Verbs - Overview of Tenses The Imperfect Tense Augments Translating Plato's Meno 70a1-70c3 Section 9 The Perfect Tense The Perfect Tense Middle and Passive Translating Plato's Meno 70c3-71c4 Section 10 Demonstrative Pronouns Present Participles The Perfect Active Participle Middle and Passive Participles Translating Plato's Meno 71c5-72a5 Section 11 "Every"/ "All" The Aorist Tense The Weak Aorist Indicative Active The Weak Aorist Indicative Middle Kinds of Condition Translating Plato's Meno 72a6-72d3 Section 12 Multiple Questions The Future Active The Future Middle The Subjunctive Mood Infinitive as Subject and Object Future and General Conditions Translating Plato's Meno 72d4-73c5 Section 13 Adjectives with Masculine for Feminine The Optative Mood Future Unlikely Conditions Translating Plato's Meno 73c6-74a6 Section 14 The Strong Aorist Active Tense The Strong Aorist Middle Tense Purpose Clauses Translating Plato's Meno 74a7-74e10 Section 15 Imperatives Prohibitions Strong and Doubtful Denials Translating Plato's Meno 74e11-75d7 Section 16 Contraction (Verbs) Translating Plato's Meno 75d7-76c3 Section 17 Relative Pronouns: "Who", "What", "Which", "That" Translating Plato's Meno 76c4-77a2 Section 18 The Aorist Passive Tense Translating Plato's Meno 77a2-77e4 Section 19 The Genitive Absolute The Future Passive Tense Translating Plato's Meno 77e5-78c3 Section 20 Temporal Clauses The Pluperfect Tense Translating Plato's Meno 78c4-79a2 Section 21 Contracted Adjective Endings (Third Declension) Reported Speech Accusative and Infinitive used for Reported Statements Participle Construction with "Know" or "See" Relative Clauses, Direct and Indirect Questions Translating Plato's Meno 79a3-79c10 Section 22 ("Because") ("Although") Numerals Multiple Negatives Translating Plato's Meno 79d1-79e6 Section 23 Irregular Adjectives Comparatives and Superlatives Translating Plato's Meno 79e7-80b7 Section 24 Translating Plato's Meno 80b8-81a10 Section 25 Impersonal Verbs Accusative Absolute Verbal Adjectives Reflexive Pronouns Translating Plato's Meno 81a10-81e6 Appendices Cases and Prepositions Summary of Voice, Mood, Tense and Aspect in the Greek Verb Word Order Duals Numerals Declension of Nouns, Adjectives and Pronouns Reference List of Verb Endings and Irregular Verbs Answers Word List Principal Tenses of Some of the More Difficult Verbs Index
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