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Complete Ancient Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding Ancient Greek, with Original Texts

Complete Ancient Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding Ancient Greek, with Original Texts

by Gavin Betts, Alan Henry

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Designed for complete beginners, and tested for years with real learners, Complete Ancient Greek offers a bridge from the textbook to the real world, enabling you to learn the grammar, understand the vocabulary and even how to translate the writings of Socrates and Homer.

Structured around authentic material, placing an emphasis on the importance of reading classical texts in the original, and introducing both a grammar perspective and a full introduction to essential vocabulary, this course also features:

-25 learning units plus maps and verb guide
-Authentic materials - language taught through key texts
-Teaches the key skills - reading and understanding Ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary
-Culture insights - learn about the culture and beliefs of the Ancient Greeks
-Self tests and learning activities - see and track your own progress.

Featuring additional exercises in this new edition, this is a genuinely comprehensive yet accessible introduction to Ancient Greek.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444131741
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 681,262
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Gavin Betts (retired) was Associated Professor of Classical Studies, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Meet the authors x

Introduction xi

How to use this book xiii

Abbreviations xv

Map of ancient Greece 1

1.1 The Greek alphabet and its pronunciation

1.2 Accents 2

2.1 Nouns in Greek

2.2 First declension (feminine nouns) and the feminine definite article

2.3 Basic uses of cases

2.4 Verbs in Greek

2.5 Present and future indicative active of-ω verbs (and corresponding infinitives)

2.6 Word order and elision, Greek reading, Vocabulary 8

3.1 Second declension and the masculine and neuter definite article

3.2 First declension (masculine nouns)

3.3 First and second declension adjectives

3.4 Adverbs

3.5 Prepositions

3.6 Present indicative and infinitive of ειμι / am, Greek reading, Vocabulary 18

4.1 Imperfect indicative active and weak aorist indicative active and infinitive active of -ω verbs

4.2 First and second person pronouns, and αυτον, -ην, -ο

4.3 Connecting particles, Greek reading, Vocabulary 28

Units 2-4 revision exercises 38

5.1 Third declension - consonant stem nouns (1)

5.2 Contracted verbs

5.3 Further uses of the definite article, Greek reading, Vocabulary 40

Units 2-5 additional exercises 50

6.1 Third declension - consonant stem nouns (2)

6.2 Second declension contracted nouns and first and second declension contracted adjectives

6.3 Compound verbs formed with prepositional prefixes

6.4 -ω verbs with stems in palatals, labials, dentals, Greek reading, Vocabulary 52

7.1 Strong aorist indicative and infinitive active of -ω verbs

7.2 φημι say

7.3 Indirect speech

7.4 Indirect command

7.5 Numerals

7.6 Negatives

7.7 Phrases expressing time and space, Greek reading, Vocabulary 64

Units 5-7 revision exercises 75

8.1 Middle and passive voices

8.2 Deponent verbs

8.3 Indirect statement

8.4 Third declension nouns - stems in ι and υ, Greek reading, Vocabulary 78

9.1 Demonstrative pronouns

9.2 The relative pronoun ος and adjectival clauses

9.3 αντος and its uses

9.4 Reflexive and reciprocal pronouns

9.5 Possessive adjectives and pronouns, Greek reading, Vocabulary 90

10.1 Interrogative τις and indefinite τις

10.2 Questions, direct and indirect

10.3 First and third declension adjectives

10.4 Third declension adjectives, Greek reading 102

Extra reading: The wisdom of Socrates 110

Units 8-10 revision exercises 111

Units 6-10 additional exercises 112

11.1 Root aorist, aorist passive and future passive

11.2 Agent and instrument

11.3 -ω verbs with stems in λ, μ ν ρ

11.4 Third declension nouns - stems in ευ, αυ, ου

11.5 Crasis, Greek reading 114

12.1 Participles

12.2 The uses of participles, Greek reading 124

Extra reading: epigrams 131

13.1 Oddities of declension

13.2 Verbs used with the genitive or dative

13.3 Further particles, Greek reading 134

Extra reading: Plato 140

Units 11-13 revision exercises 143

14.1 Moods of the Greek verb

14.2 Subjunctive mood

14.3 Optative mood

14.4 Uses of the subjunctive and optative, Greek reading 146

15.1 Perfect indicative active

15.2 Verbs used with participles, Greek reading 156

Extra reading: Prometheus Bound (1) 163

Units 11-15 additional exercises 165

16.1 Phrases and clauses of result

16.2 Pluperfect indicative active

16.3 Perfect and pluperfect indicative middle/passive

16.4 Other parts of the perfect tense, Greek reading 168

Extra reading: Heracles 177

Units 14-16 revision exercises 178

17.1 Imperative mood: commands and prohibitions

17.2 Comparison of adjectives and adverbs

17.3 Meaning of the comparative and superlative

17.4 Constructions involving the comparative and superlative, Greek reading

Extra reading: Prometheus Bound (2) 189

18.1 -μι verbs

18.2 διδωμι give, τιθημι put, place

18.3 ειμι / shall come/go

18.4 Other verbs with principal parts from different roots

18.5 Conditional sentences

18.6 ακρος μεσος εσχατος, Greek reading 192

Extra reading: 'The sea, the sea!' 201

19.1 ιστημι its compounds

19.2 Potential clauses

19.3 Oddities in verbs, Greek reading 202

Units 17-19 revision exercises 211

20.1 Verbs in -νυμι

20.2 ιημι and its compounds

20.3 Genitive of price or value

20.4 Genitive of separation

20.5 Accusative of respect or specification, Greek reading 214

Units 16-20 additional exercises 221

21.1 Wishes

21.2 Further temporal conjunctions (εως, μεχρι, πριν)

21.3 Further demonstrative and relative adjectives/pronouns

21.4 Further impersonal verbs

21.5 Accusative absolute, Greek reading 224

Extra reading: love poetry 234

22.1 Summary of the uses of ως

22.2 Uses of cases (1) - accusative, Greek reading 236

Extra reading: the Anacreontea 244

Units 20-22 revision exercises 245

23.1 Uses of cases (2) - genitive

23.2 Uses of cases (3) - dative, Greek reading 248

Extra reading: further elegiac poetry 258

24.1 Yes and no

24.2 Summary of uses of ου and μη

24.3 Diminutives

24.4 The dual number

24.5 Verbal adjectives in -τος/-τος and -τεος

24.6 Verbs of precaution and striving

24.7 Verbs of hindering, preventing, forbidding, denying, Greek reading 260

Extra reading: The Think Tank 270

Units 21-24 additional exercises 272

Appendices 276

1 Conjugation of λυω loosen 276

2 Conjugation of contracted verbs (present and imperfect) 279

3 Conjugation of ειμι be, ερχομαι (and εμιι) come/go, φημι say, οιδα know 282

4 Root aorists 283

5 Conjugation of διδωμι, τιθημι put, place, ιημι let go, send forth, ιστημι make stand 284

6 Conjugation of δεικνυμι (present and imperfect) 290

7 Numerals 291

8 Accentuation 292

9 Greek verse 296

10 Crasis 298

11 Active verbs used in a passive sense 298

12 Oddities of declension 299

The principal parts of verbs 302

Vocabulary 310

Suggestions for further study 427

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