Greek

Syllabus for Greek learning

ELEMENTARY GREEK

Beginning course in Ancient Attic Greek, covering grammar (forms and syntax) and the reading of elementary selections from ancien sources. Makes a start toward reading Greek authors

GREEK PROSE AUTHORS

Readings from authors such as Plato, Lysias, Xenophon, and Herodotus.

INTRODUCTION TO GREEK POETRY

Primarily readings from Homer, Hesiod, and Theocritus. Selections from Greek lyric may be introduced at the instructor’s discretion.

READNGS IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

Reading and interpretation of selected dialogues by Plato or other philosophical works.

TRAGEDY

Reading and interpretation of selected plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

HISTORY

Extensive reading in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, especially Books VI and VII, the expedition against Syracuse.

COMEDY

Reading and interpretation of selected plays of Aristophanes or Menander.

HOMER

Reading and translation of extensive selections from the Iliad or the Odyssey. Introduction to epic meter, to Homeric Greek, and to the poet’s style. Consideration of the evidence for oral composition and discussion of the heroic tradition.

GREEK PROSE COMPOSITION

This course introduces student to the principles and practice of composing continuous passages of Greek prose. It is designed to review and to strengthen students’ command of Attic forms while becoming more aware of the ways Greek syntax was employed to express thought. Via practice of writing Greek prose, the ultimate goal is for the students to become more proficient readers of ancient Greek.

ADVANCED TOPICS IN GREEK LITERATURE

Study and discussion of important authors, works, and topics not covered regularly. Content will reflect particular interests of students and faculty and timeliness of topics.

DIRECTED READINGS

Directed readings in Greek of authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students. Each program planned and completed under the supervision of the instructor with whom the student wishes to work.

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