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.

This course will focus on translating selections from the historians Herodotus and Thucydides.  The course will be evenly divided between these two historians, with the first six and one-half weeks devoted to Herodotus and the second six and one-half weeks devoted to Thucydides.  Students will also be introduced to recent trends in modern scholarship on Herodotus and Thucydides, as well as to interpreting these historians, particularly through understanding the cultural backdrop against which they were writing and the possibilities and limitations of using them in modern historical reconstructions.
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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.

Aeschylus’ Agamemnon is the first play in the Oresteia, the most complete set of plays surviving to us from antiquity. The day it was performed at the City Dionysia in 458 BCE was arguably the single most important event in the cultural life of Classical Athens, providing a point of reference for all subsequent poets and philosophers. The Greek is not easy, but studying it can be rewarding. This is an advanced class in Ancient Greek, but attention will be paid to issues of stagecraft, performance, imagery, politics, and characterization in order to better understand the play in its original context. Note: Students may take Greek 402 more than once, since the content varies each year.
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