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Latin to GCSE, Part 1


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Contents Chapter One The Latin alphabet Capital letters Punctuation Pronunciation Latin in English Abbreviations and phrases Inflection (1): word order and endings Inflection (2): modern languages Inflection (3): what the endings tell us Verbs: first conjugation Nouns: first and second declensions Working out the subject Word order `the' or `a'? Three important conjunctions The verb to be Prepositions (1): with the accusative Summary of grammar covered in Chapter One Chapter One vocabulary Chapter Two Genitive, dative and ablative cases Noun cases: a summary table First and second declensions in full Translating with the ablative Prepositions (2): with the ablative Second declension neuter Verbs: second, third and fourth conjugations New verbs The infinitive Background: the Trojan War and the origins of Rome Using wordlists The Judgement of Paris To, from and in cities Time phrases (1): `time how long' The wrath of Achilles The death of Patroclus The death of Hector The Trojan Horse and the fall of Troy Chapter Two vocabulary Chapter Three Chapters One & Two grammar revision summary Imperfect tense Translating the imperfect tense sum - imperfect tense Aeneas and Creusa The verb possum Adjectives (1): laetus -a -um The Trojans head for Crete Noun anomalies (1): nauta Noun anomalies (2): vir, puer, liber Adjectives (2): miser -era -erum Vocative case The Imperative The Trojans depart from Crete Time adverbs Two contrasting receptions Scylla and Charybdis Chapter Three vocabulary Chapter Four Perfect tense: first conjugation Perfect tense: second, third and fourth conjugations Perfect tense: summary table Third declension nouns In the land of the Cyclopes Storm and Rescue Background: Aeneas' epic quest Questions (1) Dido and Aeneas (1) Third declension neuter Mixed conjugation verbs Dido and Aeneas (2) Pronouns and possessives (1) Time phrases (2): `time when' Dido and Aeneas (3) Dido and Aeneas (4) Chapter Four vocabulary Chapter Five Verbs: future tense Time adverbs (2) sum & possum: future tense Time adverbs (3) The Sibyl and the Underworld Personal pronouns and possessive adjectives (2): nos, vos, noster, vester The eating of tables Adjectives (3): third declension The future site of Rome The victory of Aeneas Adverbs from adjectives Background: From Aeneas to Romulus Romulus and Remus The foundation of Rome The relative pronoun (qui, quae, quod) and the relative clause The Sabine women The Deification of Romulus Chapter Five vocabulary Chapter Six tbc Reference Grammar English to Latin vocabulary Latin to English vocabulary

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This new Latin course in two volumes provides complete coverage of and focus on GCSE requirements, from scratch, and unlike more extensive courses aimed at younger beginners, it can be used where there is limited time.

About the Author

Henry Cullen teaches Classics at Winchester College, UK. John Taylor was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School, UK, and now teaches at Manchester University, UK. He is an experienced examiner of Ancient Greek and the author of the widely used textbooks Essential GCSE Latin; Latin Beyond GCSE; Greek to GCSE; and (with Stephen Anderson) Greek Unseen Translation and Writing Greek.


I particularly enjoyed the respect the authors show for the intelligence of the students ... Whilst this text book is a useful and much-needed aid when trying to get one's head around the new specification for the first time, it provides much more than that. * Journal of Classics Teaching *

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