Requests and Updates for August 2018

What ancillaries or texts would you like to see in the near future?

If there is an ancillary that you need but this site does not provide, please let me know.

Readers have recently recommended Herodotus’ Histories Bk 2, Euripides’ Bacchae, Plato’s Republic Bk 2, and Augustine’s Confessions Bk 1; and the beta editions for Ovid (Daedalus, Daphne) and Caesar (Helvetians) are surprisingly among the most popular downloads on this website. If there is a title that you would like to see in print, contact me.

While any comments made on the website will be published, any emails sent to my gmail account will remain private.

Xenophon’s Anabasis Books 1 and 4, originally posted as beta editions in Spring 2014, are now available in paperback. I have just posted translation sheets and revised vocab flashcards (Quizlet) for Anabasis 1.  Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis has been available in paperback since June for 10.95 USD. Finally, Aristotle’s NE Books 2 and 3 has been posted on this website as an very early beta edition.

UPDATE: In response to several requests, I am working on a beta edition for  Odyssey 17-20. A completed draft for Odyssey 17-19 is now available from a link at the top of the page.


How teachers can use the pdf to enhance instruction

Teachers have contacted me and offered a number of ways that they use the pdf to enhance instruction. Below are a few tips worth passing along:

(1) Enlarge the pdf on your desktop and connect the computer to a projector to create a quick and easy presentation.

(2) Enlarge the pdf on the desktop and take screenshot images of the selected text (Mac: shift-command-4, Windows: Snipping tool) to insert in presentations, quizzes, and tests. (Enlarging the pdf improves the image resolution.) This is a very easy way to maintain formatting between the book, presentations, and tests.

(3) Copy and paste the Greek or Latin text to insert in translation quizzes and tests.

(4) Use the search function in the pdf to find relevant grammar constructions throughout the commentary: e.g. search “subj” to find all labeled subjunctive constructions and “dat” to find labeled dative constructions.

(5) If the students have mastered the core vocabulary, copy and paste selected dictionary entries from the corresponding vocabulary sections (e.g. word occurring 3-8 times) as you read to create vocabulary lists for students to review and memorize.

(6) In a secondary school setting, post the pdf (or a link to the pdf) on your class website and ask that students use the paperback in class and pdf at home or vice versa and not carry the book in their book bags. This is an easy way to discourage daily wear-and-tear on your books and yet ensure that students always have access to the commentary.

(7) If you wish to add selected vocabulary to Quizlet or Anki to make flashcards, Quizlet and other programs allow you to copy and paste lists of vocabulary and then ask what punctuation you wish to use to divide up the word from the definition. Choose “:” and within seconds you will convert the vocabulary list copied from the pdf into a functional set of flashcards. Then, simply copy the link to the flashcard set and send it to your students.

If you have any other suggestions to add to this list, please let me know.