Updated to match the 2016 OCR specification, this edition has been restructured to reflect the new examinations, which now have a single language paper.
Section 1 provides 30 passages, starting with very short and simple stories and building up to the level of the current OCR GCSE.
Section 2 provides 30 differentiated passages of increasing difficulty on historical topics.
Section 3 provides 20 shorter passages of uniform length on mythological topics, with comprehension questions, in the style of Section A of the new GCSE language paper.
Section 4 provides 20 passages on historical topics, with comprehension and unseen sections, in the style of Section B of the new GCSE language paper.
The new edition is supported by a companion website with an answer key and additional passages.
Histories 1.30–4, 86–7 and 6.125 (Solon & Croesus; How Alcmaeon Was Enriched by Croesus)
Histories 3.17–25, 38 (The Ethiopians; The Power of Custom)
Histories 2.2, 69–70, 129–33, 31–2 (Psammetichus; Crocodiles; Mycerinus; Pygmies)
Bacchae 434–508, 800–38
Phaedo 59c–60a, 115b–d, 116b–d, 117c–18a
A Spartan Childhood
Anacharsis and Athletics
The Isle of the Blest
The volume starts with an introduction to ancient Greek history and culture, which will set in context the passages for the exams and give guidance on how to translate ancient Greek. The prescribed texts are set out in clear passages facing commentary notes, with further information on GCSE vocabulary and key terms as well as study questions. The full GCSE vocabulary is provided at the back of the book and a timeline, Who's Who, glossaries and map combine to give students a focused preparation for their exams. The book is supported by a companion website of further resources.
This second edition is brought in line with the current OCR specifications. The first part of the book introduces new constructions accompanied by exercises including the translation of sentences from English to Greek and reading passages(which in the opening chapters are lightly adapted). The next sections provide translation and comprehension passages at both AS and A Level standard, including verse unseens, scansion, and a list of 300 common poetic words (new to this edition). Next come longer unadapted extracts from a range of authors. Finally there is a reference section including a summary of all constructions, a comprehensive grammar, various appendices and a vocabulary of about 1,200 Greek words.
Thucydides, Histories, Book IV: 11–14, 21–23, 26–28
Plato, Apology, 18a7 to 24b2
Homer, Odyssey X: 144–399
Sophocles, Antigone, lines 1–99, 497–525, 531–581, 891–928
Thucydides, Histories, Book IV: 29–40
Plato, Apology, 35e–end
Xenophon, Memorabilia, Book 1.II.12 to 1.II.38
Homer, Odyssey IX: 231–460
Sophocles, Antigone, lines 162–222, 248–331, 441–496, 998–1032
Aristophanes, Acharnians, 1–203, 366–392
Part 1 covers the basics, whilst Part 2 introduces a wider range of grammatical forms and constructions, with a vocabulary of 435 words and reading material from Socrates and the Sophists to the world of myth, and finally to extended passages of lightly adapted Herodotus. Practice passages, exam papers and revision sentences for GCSE complete Part 2, which has a reference section covering the whole course. Written by a long-time school teacher and examiner, this two-part course is based on experience of what pupils find difficult, concentrating on the essentials and on the understanding of principles in both accidence and syntax: minor irregularities are postponed and subordinated so that the need for rote learning is reduced. It aims to be user-friendly, but also to give pupils a firm foundation for further study.
Part I. Introduction
Chapter I. New Material
Chapter II. The Historical Method
Chapter III. The Κοινη
Chapter IV. The Place of the New Testament in the Κοινη
Part II. Accidence
Chapter V. Word-Formation
Chapter VI. Orthography and Phonetics
Chapter VII. The Declensions (Κλισεις)
Chapter VIII. Conjugation of the Verb (Ῥημα)
Part III. Syntax
Chapter IX. The Meaning of Syntax (Συνταξις)
Chapter X. The Sentence
Chapter XI. The Cases (Πτωσεις)
Chapter XII. Adverbs (Ἐπιρρηματα)
Chapter XIII. Prepositions (Προθεσεις)
Chapter XIV. Adjectives (Ἐπιθετα)
Chapter XV. Pronouns (Ἀντωνυμιαι)
Chapter XVI. The Article (Το Ἅρθρον)
Chapter XVII. Voice (∆Ιαθεσις, Genus)
Chapter XVIII. Tense (Χρονος)
Chapter XIX. Mode (Ἔγκαισις)
Chapter XX. Verbal Nouns (Ὀνοματα του Ῥηματος)
Chapter XXI. Particles (Αι Παραθηκαι)
Chapter XXII. Figures of Speech (Γοργιεια Σχηματα)
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