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Class 2018/19

The expected date of the final exam is 1st June 2019.



  • We will introduce the aorist and future passive forms in Week 1; revision the optative and introduce how to recognise the subjunctive and see key places where where it is used.
  • However, the main focus is on the technique of reading continuous Greek, with a specific focus on exam technique.
  • There is virtually no additional vocabulary (three construction words plus numerals).

Week 3

Wednesday 8th March

Recognising irregular aorist passives; revision of numerals and indirect statements. Continue with Rhampsinitus (2) with analysis of some of the features for focused revision. Give out story: Solon and Croesus for revision. Last session: finish Rhampsinitus; general guidance for revision.

Week 2

Monday 29th April

Passive voice - aorist: regulars and top 8 irregulars. Finish Hippocleides dances away his marriage (cont.)

Wednesday 1st May

Test aorist passives. Subjunctive form and use with ἵνα, Rhampsinitus (1). Finish this for Friday.

Friday 3rd May

Any questions on Rhampsinitus (1). Numerals. Reading through Rhampsinitus (2) taking notes on approach, vocabulary, word order etc. For next Wednesday: finish the passage 2. make sure you know all the vocabulary. What advice would you give for students next year?

Week 1

Wednesday 24rd April

Hippocleides dances away his marriage.

Thursday 25th April

Exam, 1.00-2.00pm in H0.58

Friday 26th April

Passive voice - future


Week 10
Monday 11th March

Read 11A, focus on new vocabulary. Quiz on 10 (those who were absent will do this on Wednesday instead). κατάσκοπος. For Wednesday: go carefully through 11A and read and make notes on the ablative absolute.

Wednesday 13th March

κατάσκοπος chapter 2. Investigation of present and imperfect passive tenses. Exploration of concept of the passive voice in English. Go over and finish off Exercises 11.1 and 11.2. Rewrite notes on the passive in a form that suits your understanding,

Week 9
Monday 4th March

Quiz on 9H-J. δίδωμι 'big picture' and associated exercises.10B. For Wednesday go over all of 10B, learn vocabulary for 10A and B (14 words). Now learn aorist optative.

Wednesday 6th March

Relative pronouns. Return of Monday's quiz. Check on vocabulary of 10A-B. For Friday: ἀληθής, rest of vocabulary (10A-D, quiz Monday). Written work: 10.1 (optatives) 10:5 and 10:6 (relative pronouns). You may want to start on the revision exercises (p.222-5) but be aware that we are not covering some of the things in this chapter.

Friday 8th March

δίδωμι - notes on patterns, and use the patterns to identify τίθημι on Eton Greek testers and exercises. Return of English to Greek and individual feedback. Vocabulary list. For Monday: prepare for quiz (vocabulary and all new forms: make sure you all do the work properly this week. Written exercises, neatly which I will take in: page 222: B/C 1, 2 and 3 (a-j).

Week 8
Monday 25th February

Quiz: 9F-G. Story 9I. Principal parts and future infinitives. Principal parts in this section

Wednesday 27th February

Introduce your own test on root aorists. Forms of δίδωμι. For Friday: written: D1 on page 207; make your own notes on the forms of δίδωμι. learning: vocabulary on p203/4 and revise root aorists and future infinitives.

Friday 1st March

For Monday: quiz on 9H-J (vocabulary and forms, and all principal parts). Redraft D1. Start learning aorist opative forms.

Week 7
Monday 18th February

Quiz. First aorist: infinitive and imperatives; . Read 9F. For Wednesday: reread 9F, learn associated vocabulary and new parts of παύω.

Wednesday 20th February

πᾶς πᾶσα πᾶν; 2nd aorists. 9G. For Friday: learn vocabulary and all infinitives and imperatives in the aorist (1st and 2nd): do exercises on page 195.

Friday 22nd February

Passage 9H. Learn these, and start on vocab for 9H. Develop own exercise to test root aorists. Quiz on 9F-G on Monday.

Week 6
Monday 11th February

Exam 3

Wednesday 13th February

9C and D. For Friday: learn principal parts, as set out in book; start work on vocabulary 9A-E (sheet here). Written: Exercises on dative page178/9 (excluding 3 and maybe 9, answers to follow): suggest doing all 1, then all 2, then all 3 etc.

Friday 15th February

Revision of datives etc; learning the optative of δύναμαι. For Monday: prepare for quiz on vocabulary and forms etc. 9A-E; do revision exercises on p.186.

Week 5
Monday 4th February

Quiz. Take in translations. Finish 8C. 9A. Revision: for Wednesday: check parsing (section 5 and 6 verbs). Revision: do some written work and check answers online.

Wednesday 6th February

revision of the noun system. Return of quizzes (excellent parsing, if aorists known). Read through 9A. For Friday: go through 9A carefully and revise nouns and noun endings. Keep working on revision.

Friday 8th February

Checking on nouns: comparatives and superlatives (again). Story 9B

Week 4

Monday 28th January

Quiz. Optative. For Wednesday: learn optative forms (as in booklet; revise case endings (as necessary) and go over 8A, identifying vocabulary to be learned, and doing this in context.

Wednesday 30th January

Return of quiz: checking on parsing and how to recognise participles. Uses of the genitive. Story 8B. For Friday: go over story 8A. Revise cases (again!) and then complete exercises 1-11 and then mark your own answers.

Friday 1st February

Checking -μαι -σαι -ται verbs and their endings; and use of τί plus participle. For Monday: check on vocabulary for all of section 8 (quiz will include parsing). Do exercises 8A-C: 12-17 (excluding contracted verbs in 15 and three in 16) and check your answers on-line. Do D2 on p.174 (the short dialogue with hints) and give it in on Monday.

The Summary exercises on pages 173-175 should be completed before the exam on Monday of week 6. I will exclude the vocabulary from section 9, to give you some time to revise.

Week 3
Monday 21st January

Quiz. 7G. Grammar handouts to cover up to Exam 3. For Wednesday: go through 7G. Learn aorist stems; do exercises 7G-H: 1; start learning vocabulary 7D-F.

Wednesday 23rd January

Passage 7H. αὐτός and it's meanings. For Friday: go through story, consolidating meanings. Written exercises, catch up on vocabulary.

Friday 25th January

Consolidation session: focus on revision exercises on pages 157-159.

Get up to date with vocabulary (next week is a large amount, so you need a firm basis for the moment). Quiz: participles (focus on aorists, especially second aorists) and vocabulary for ALL of section 7. Do revision exrecises for 7, and give in a net version of Exercise D on p.157, please.

Week 2
Monday 14th January

Return scripts. Quiz (6C/D). Passage 7C. For Wednesday: start 7A-C vocabulary. Any exercises om p.140/1 as appropriate.

Wednesday 16th January

Check on vocabulary 7A-C including infirmation about verbs; return prose comp and quiz. φημί, οἶδα. Go through 7D

For Friday: reread 7D; continue with vocab; learn φημί, οἶδα. Prepare E/F (nb imperfect of οἶδα)

Friday 18th January

Go through 7E/F. Aorist participles and aspect. For Monday: go through 7E/F and consolidate, focus on the new vocabulary. Reclassify the list by grammatical type. Quiz on Monday 7A-C (nb). Exercises 7D-F 1,2 (again). p.149 D English into Greek (hand in).

Week 1, Term 2

Monday: no class but exam, as above.

Wednesday 9th January

7A: verbs taking an infinitive.

For Friday: start learning remaining vocab from 6C and D (formal quiz on Monday);

re-read through 7A

read about infinitives (p.134/5) and do exercise 7A-C: 1

Friday 11th January

For Monday: (continue 6C/D vocab for quiz); Exercises 7A-C:2, 3 and 4

Read p.365-7 (Introduction to writing in Greek) then try p.132 An old man ... clever plan.

Remaining time: read through C (allow 30 minutes)

Week 10

Monday 3rd December

Write out future of to be and I will go.

Vocabulary of 5A-D for Wednesday. Look again at 6A and finish off. Do all Section 5A-B exercises and check your answers.

Wednesday 5th December

6B. Check on formation of first aorist, with focus on the consonants at the end of the stem. Worksheet (and then do similar exercises in 6A-B in forming the other three tenses from the present tense). Guided read through of 6B.

Thursday and Friday will focus on the second aorist. There will be a number of irregular stems which will be extensively tested in the exam.

Week 9
Monday 26th November
  • de-augmentation to look-up verbs
  • Imperfect of εἰμί and a little more on contracted verbs
  • predicative adjective position
  • Passage 5B

For Friday:

  • learn Imperfect of εἰμί and φιλῶ
  • revision exercises for 5A-B
  • prepare 5D as far as line 37 (nb, not 5C)
Friday 30th November

5C (διδάσκαλος) 5D (μαθηται), and irregular futures. Weekly quiz.

Learn futures for Monday including ἔσομαι, εἶμι. 100%, please, because we have the aorist tense next week, with its own irregulars. Written exercises 5C-D 1-7. and learn vocabulary Keep p 112-133 for revision. Only look ahead and prepare 6A if you have memorised the new material and done all the exercises.

Week 8
Monday 19th November

Read 4C. Look at formation of all present participles, and look at idiomatic participles.

For Wednesday, get on top of vocabulary for 4C-D and prepare 4D. Do as many written exercises as you have time for.

Wednesday 21st November
  • Vocab quiz: 4 A-B
  • elision
  • more on participles (p.85 exercises orally)
  • βασιλέυς
  • Read 4D.

For Friday

  • written exercises, p.85, 88. Check these againts my model answers.
  • learn 4C-D vocabulary
  • prepare passage 5A, please. We will start with this, in detail.
Friday 23rd November

Introduction to the imperfect tense, with a focus on the temporal augment, and standard forms (i.e. not contacted). Sheet of initial exercises. Go through 5A, give out vocabulary sheet for section 5 (spares outside my office)

For Monday:

  • Check 5A
  • start learning vocabulary 5A-B (for Wednesday quiz),
  • learn imperfect of παύω παύομαι
  • prepare 5B.
  • Do written exercises. Recommended:

    Ex 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7 and possibly 8 (although Exercise 8 has some contracted verbs: have a go using the basic rules of contraction you already know.

Week 7
Monday 12th November

3D (and E). Adjective μέγας and πολύς.

For Wednesday:

  • Exercises for this chapter
  • prepare 4A
Wednesday 14th November

Going over Section D revision exercise of Section 3. Read 4A; overview of more third declension nouns. Present participle as causal (since) or relative.

For Friday:

  • reread 4A.
  • Learn associated vocabulary, sorted by type or with Latin (see sheet for 4A-B)
  • prepare 4B
Friday 16th November

Read 4B. Recapitulation of nouns endings and explaining the present participle and its formation. For Monday: prepare 4C; do appropriate number of exercises (= all relevant ones!) but focusing on the participles. All answers on-line, so please check your work.

Week 6
Monday 5th November


Wednesday 7th November

Read story 3B. Return exams and comments. pronouns I. we , you. For Friday, learn pronouns and prepare 3C.

Friday 9th November

Advice from last year. Outline of rest of term. Read story 3C. ἐκεινος, οὑτος. For Monday:

  • get started on vocabulary for this section
  • prepare 3D (all passages now to be prepared in advance: focus is on getting to the end approximately rather than doing little more accurately: you do not have to write a translation out and you should not work from a translation in class)
  • learn the pronouns we met today
  • do exercises on p. 62 and check them with the solutions on Answers page.

Week 5
Monday 29th October

Verb quiz; genitive sandwich (and preposition Smörgåsbord) Story 2C (including 2 1/2 lines of original Greek!). Give in 1H-J paired sentences.

For Wednesday:

  • get on top of new vocabulary 2A-C (and preferably 2A-D)
  • either: write out a fair translation of 2C OR prepare 2D.
Wednesday 31st October

3rd declension nouns. Exam practice questions on verb and noun/adjective manipulation

Write down a good translation of 2D.

Friday 2nd November

More exam checking; go through 3A. Prepare 3B, please.

Week 4
Monday 22nd October

Give in sentences. Check εἰμί and οἶδα. Read Stories I and J. sentence structure with verb 'to be'.

For Wednesday:

Read carefully through I and J and learn all vocabulary (see my summary list). We will check vocabulary for all of Section 1 and verb forms. (We start Section 2 on Wednesday).

Wednesday 24th October

Major vocabulary check. Introduction to middle forms. Read 2A.

For Friday: there are no exercises you can do! But learn παύομαι (and φιλοῦμαι) from the EXAM SUMMARY 1. RG tables are not good. Go over the passage 2A carefully and start to learn relevant vocabulary. Complete Section 2 list has been circulated by email (no meanings- that's your ἐργον (task, work, deed).

Friday 26th October

All the five forms of 1st declension nouns, and the stories behind them. Revise new words from 2A and go through 2B. For Monday:

go through 2B carefully.

  • be able to write out all first declension nouns
  • for both 2A and 2B identify the words which are to be learnt for this section, as set out on the list I circulated..
  • do revision exercises for 1h-J on pages 41-2. D should be in a form that you can hand in to me. When you have done the rest, check your answers here.

Week 3
Monday 15th October

Quiz: 1C-D. Read passage 1F.

Learn vocabularies for 1E-F. Practice reading Greek; learn capitals. (From now on, regular quizzes will be on Wednesdays)

Wednesday 17th October

Read 1G. How the nouns (λόγος, δῶρον) relate to def. art. and καλός. Plural neuters taking singular verb.

For Friday: exercises (big book) pages 26 and 27 and 28.

Friday 19th October

Remember: quiz (vocabulary + forms) next Wednesday!

Story 1H. Learn εἰμί and οἶδα. Do the Revision exercises for 1A-G to check you are on course, and check your answers. Do the English to Greek translation on a sheet of paper you can give in to me, please.

Week 2

Monday 8th October

Check on the definite article and looking at present tense (indicative and imperative of παύω - see grammar booklet rather than text book). Passage 1C.

For Thursday:

  • go through 1C carefully, several times, picking up the new vocabulary
  • be fluent in reading through, with meaning, A, B and C.
  • Prepare for test on Thursday: vocab 1A-B and def article plus καλός -ή -όν
Thursday 11th October

Lesson: vocabulary/endings test (as above); Passage 1D

Friday 12th October

Revision of vocabulary and βαίνω; introduction to contracted verbs, focus on φιλέω; read 1E

For Monday:

  • learn φιλέω, and work through alpha- and omicron-contracted verbs.
  • do exercises on pages 21 and 22 of the grammar book, check answers on separate webpage)
  • revise for test of vocabulary and forms of sections 1C-D (and tricky vocab from 1A-B)

Week 1

Wednesday 3rd October

Introduction to course. Read section 1A together. For Friday: re-read many times, listening to the recorded version (on Audio-Visual page).Check vocabulary which needs to be known by reference to the handout.

Friday 5th October

Passage 2A together. For Monday:

  • Memorise ὁ ἡ τό
  • re-read 1B many times;
  • check you know the vocabulary for 1A-B, as on the handout, and
  • complete the exercises on page 11 and 12/13.