Mini Copy Book

Each post in this section is a short précis (summary) of a passage in The Copy Book. All of them are in modern English. They are intended for students of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Level.

Greek History

Byron and Hercules

Lord Byron could not have hoped for a better omen in his support for the oppressed people of Greece.

Length: 52 words

Discovery and Invention

The Rewards of ‘Patience’

How appropriate that the comic opera ‘Patience’ should introduce the world to the results of thirty years of labour.

Length: 58 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Phrixus and the Golden Fleece

Long before Jason came to claim it, the golden fleece had already saved a boy’s life.

Length: 49 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Perseus and the Gorgon

When Polydectes, King of Seriphos, sent Perseus to get the Gorgon’s head, he hoped the boy would never come back.

Length: 50 words

Armistice Day

Armistice Day

Armistice Day is the anniversary of the end of the First World War on the 11th of November, 1918.

Length: 54 words

History of Africa

The Anglo-Zanzibar War

It lasted barely forty minutes, but it brought slavery to an end in the little island territory.

Length: 56 words