Plato’s Apology

  1. Beta Commentary for Plato’s Apology (17mb, .pdf, Beta edition, 5June2020)

The commentary linked above is expected to appear as a 1st edition in paperback before August 1st, 2020. This book includes:

  • 103 pages of Greek text (10 lines, 1/3 of  Burnet’s OCT) with vocabulary and grammatical notes on same page
  • 35 Greek-only pages formatted according to Burnet’s OCT for classroom review
  • Running and Alphabetized core vocabulary lists (introduction and glossary respectively)
  • Daily Review Boxes: 16 boxes 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 are now being added somewhat haphazardly throughout the commentary  but will be revised and moved around in subsequent updates.

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

These translation sheets (103 pages) include the text and lined spaces for readers to take notes as they read.

A note to college instructors:

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

The 16 Daily Review boxes (one for each of the 1st 16 OCT pages) encourage the systematic review of principal parts for core words (2 verbs per OCT page, 32 all together) 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 below BEFORE they encounter them in the assignment:

The superscripts indicate the frequency of each form 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 spend the time and learn the form.