GREK: Greek

Winter 2017

GREK101 First-Year Ancient Greek I Sections

An introduction to Classical and Hellenistic Greek, Part I.

First-Year Ancient Greek I This course introduces the elements of classical Greek – the language of Homer, Greek drama and philosophy, and the New Testament. We will study fundamental Greek grammar and vocabulary useful for reading ancient Greek and understanding its influence on modern European languages. Prerequisites: None: Students with no prior knowledge of the subject are welcome.
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GREK102 First-Year Ancient Greek II Sections

An introduction to Classical and Hellenistic Greek, Part II.

GREK201 Second-Year Ancient Greek I Sections

Completion of the grammatical foundations of Ancient Greek, Part I.

GREK202 Second-Year Ancient Greek II Sections

Completion of the grammatical foundations of Ancient Greek, Part II; introduction to the reading of unadapted passages of Greek literature.

GREK351 Intermediate Ancient Greek: Prose Sections

Readings in the major authors in Greek Prose.

This course is designed to introduce intermediate students to ancient Greek prose literature; the selection of authors to be read varies each year, but can draw from genres as diverse as history, philosophy, biography, satire, religious texts, or even romance or early science fiction. The works to be read will be entirely unadapted but students will have the assistance of a commentary and lexicon, as well as the support of the instructor, to assist them in making the transition to reading ancient Greek texts. For 2015-16, readings will be drawn from Xenophon’s Anabasis, and the New Testament.
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GREK352 Intermediate Ancient Greek: Verse Sections

Readings in the major authors in Greek Verse.

Students will read a complete verse play. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary tools for independent reading of unadapted Greek texts.
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GREK401A Greek Prose - GREEK PROSE Sections

Studies in history, philosophy and/or oratory. It is recommended that the corequisite course be completed prior to GREK 401.

GREK 401A/501A: Biography (Xenophon and Plutarch) In this course, we will read some of the earliest Greek attempts to write an account of a person's whole life. We'll start with the first book of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, a biography of the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, which became the model for medieval writings like Machiavelli's The Prince. We'll then move on to two of the Parallel Lives of Plutarch (to be chosen by the class), which compare the lives of some of the greatest figures from Greek and Roman myth and history. We may also read some of Diogenes Laertius's Lives and Gnomai of Eminent Philosophers. We will consider the aims and techniques of the authors, the question of national bias, comparative material from other sources for these biographies, and the reception of these works in modern times and genres.  
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GREK402B Greek Verse - GREEK VERSE Sections

Studies in epic, tragedy and/or comedy. It is recommended that the corequisite course be completed prior to GREK 402.

GREK 402B/502B: Greek Tragedy Depending on the interests of the class, we will choose either a complete play to read, or a selection of scenes containing a common theme or element. Possibilities include "comic" scenes in tragedy, a figure such as Apollo or Heracles, or endings (e.g. questions of resolution, expectations, and interpolation). Students enrolled will be consulted by email in November so that class materials will be organized for January. Note: Students may take Greek 402 more than once, since the content varies each year.
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