Learning Greek with Plato

BookLearning Greek with Plato

Learning Greek with Plato

A Beginner's Course in Classical Greek

Bristol Phoenix Press Classical Handbooks


April 1st, 2007



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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).


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Frank Beetham was a teacher of Classics and author of the successful Beginning Greek with Homer (Bristol Classical Press, 1994).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction: Background to Plato's Meno
Section 1
The Alphabet,
Punctuation and Accents
Section 2
The Verb "I am"
Asking Questions
Nouns and Declensions
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
Section 6
The Present Infinitive
The Genitive Case
Section 7
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
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
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
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
Cases and Prepositions
Summary of Voice, Mood, Tense and Aspect in the Greek Verb
Word Order
Declension of Nouns, Adjectives and Pronouns
Reference List of Verb Endings and Irregular Verbs
Word List
Principal Tenses of Some of the More Difficult Verbs