Warrior from the temple of Aphaias in Aegina, Greece
Warrior from the temple of Aphaias in Aegina, Greece



Greek Courses

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1301-1302. Elementary Greek I and II. Essentials of the grammar and syntax of ancient Greek, both classical and koine. Reading of easy passages from classical prose writers and the New Testament. Understanding of the Greek elements in Western culture. Fall and Spring.

2311-2312. Intermediate Greek. Grammar review and study of more advanced syntactical structures. Selected readings from classical Greek prose and poetry.

3119. Foreign Language Internship. A one-credit practicum, undertaken with the approval of the Department Chairman and under the direction of a language professor, involving three hours a week on assignments such as planning and conducting an elementary language class, working with audiovisual materials, designing modules of grammatical study, compiling glossaries and chronologies, and planning activities for the language clubs. Excellent experience for those planning to teach foreign language. Graded Pass/Fail. May be repeated three times.

3324. Advanced Grammar and Composition. Required for majors whose primary language is Greek. Offered every other year.

3325. Greek Historians. Readings in Herodotus or Thucydides or both. A study of their aims, methods and distinctive styles, and a consideration of the principles in terms of which they understand historical action. Offered every other year.

3326. Greek Tragedy. Reading of one of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides, focusing on drama as a means of investigating human nature and the relationship between man and the city. Offered every other year.


3327. Homer. Extensive reading from either the Iliad or the Odyssey. Study of the Homeric world, Homeric language and poetic style. Offered every other year.

3328. Plato. Reading of one or more dialogues with an emphasis upon their literary form and philosophical content. Offered every other year.

3334. New Testament Readings. Longer continuous passages of the Gospels and one letter of Paul are analyzed in language and literary form as well as in their historical and theological contexts. Offered every other year.

3335. Patristic Readings. An introduction to the rich tradition of Greek patristic literature that analyzes texts of four or five major writers from the II to the V century, usually including Ignatius, Athanasius, one of the Cappadocians, Cyril of Jerusalem, and John Chrysostom. Offered as needed.

4342. Senior Project. See description under The Classics Major.

4V51. Independent Research.

5350. Special Topics in Greek. Three-credit courses offered as needed, focusing on particular authors, periods, genres, or other topics of interest to teachers and students. For advanced students only.