Plato’s Apology

  1. Commentary for Plato’s Apology (21.3 mb, .pdf, 1st ed., 16Sept21)

The commentary linked above is is now available in paperback on Amazon.

  • 103 pages of Greek text (10 lines, 1/3 of  Burnet’s OCT) with vocabulary and grammatical notes on the same page
  • 35 Greek-only pages formatted according to Burnet’s OCT for classroom review
  • Running and Alphabetized core vocabulary lists
  • Daily Review Boxes: 16 boxes for the first 16 OCT pages that encourage systematic review of the principal parts for 32 core verbs and grammar topics that are relevant in the readings.
  • Uses for subjunctives, optatives, contrary to fact, and conditional sentences are summarized with frequencies in the glossary.
  • Grammar boxes interspersed through the first half of the commentary

2. Student Translation Sheets (2 mb, pdf, 8 x 11.5 in.) (2May20)

These translation sheets (103 pages, 8 x 11.5 in., ~A4) include the text and lined spaces for readers to take notes as they read. The text is formatted exactly as it appears in the book.

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A note to college instructors:

Since many intermediate Greek courses in the U.S. read the 35 OCT pages of the Apology at a pace of one OCT page per class (35 classes),  both the commentary and Greek-only pages have been formatted according to Burnet’s OCT so that readers and instructors alike can easily monitor their progress.

After Day 1, where the text is only 2/3 of an OCT (two commentary pages), instructors can assign three commentary pages (each 1/3 of an OCT) for each class with the knowledge that students will review a full Greek-only OCT page in class:

  • Day 1:  prepare commentary pp. 1-2      in-class review: Greek-only OCT p. 107
  • Day 2:  prepare commentary pp. 3-5      in-class review: Greek-only OCT p. 108
  • Day 3:  prepare commentary pp. 6-8      in-class review: Greek-only OCT p. 109
  • Day 34:  prepare commentary pp. 99-101    in-class review: Greek-only OCT p. 140.
  • Day 35:  prepare commentary pp. 102-3   in-class review: Greek-only OCT p. 141

The 16 Daily Review Boxes (one for each of the 1st 16 OCT pages) encourage the systematic review of principal parts for core verbs (two verbs per OCT page, 32 verbs in all) and relevant grammar topics. For example, δέομαι + gen., ἀκούω + gen., ἔχω + adv., and pf. γεγόνασι all occur on the 2nd OCT page (commentary pages 3-5) of the Apology, and so the Daily Review box encourages readers to review the principal parts and constructions BEFORE they encounter the same verbs and constructions in the reading:

The superscripts indicate the frequency of each verb stem or construction and are included to encourage memorization. If readers know, for example, that the perfect of γίγνομαι occurs 23 times in the Apology, they will be more inclined to review and master the form immediately.

The Daily Review Boxes and the Grammar Boxes stop after the 16th OCT page, roughly half of the Apology, in order to give instructors the flexibility to review particular grammatical topics or assign secondary readings.