Introductory Ancient Greek (4) Fundamentals of classical Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.
GREEK 101 Introductory Ancient Greek (4)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
The aim of GREEK 101 is to introduce students to the fundamentals of ancient Greek as quickly and thoroughly as possible. The Attic dialect is the basis of Classical Greek grammar, because this is the language of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; the comedies of Aristophanes; the histories of Thucydides and Xenophon; the orations of Demosthenes; and the works of Plato. This course focuses primarily on the morphology and syntax of ancient Greek. Drills on each grammar presentation, as well as translation of sentences both from English to Greek and from Greek to English, and of brief passages from ancient authors are the basis of the student's homework throughout the semester. By the end of the semester, students will be prepared to read short passages of Greek authors. The course will focus on reading and writing rather than speaking, although students will be expected to read Greek aloud regularly in order to master correct pronunciation. GREEK 101 will prepare students to continue with GREEK 102 and then 400-level Greek courses.
The course goals, in addition to providing students with a firm grounding in Greek grammar and morphology, include giving students an improved understanding of English grammar and of English vocabulary and word origins. Moreover, while the primary focus will be on mastering forms and syntax, students will also be introduced to the basic aspects of classical Greek culture so that they are able to place the selections they read within a wider cultural context. Students may select to use GREEK 101 to fulfill either a 3-credit requirement for a course in Greek or Roman language, literature, and civilization, or archaeology or the requirement for 9 credits in courses related to Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies within the Common Requirements for the Major. Students desiring to fulfill the B.A. requirement for 12th-credit level foreign language in Greek may do so by successfully completing a 400-level course in Greek. Students' work in the course will be evaluated on a combination of written work, including frequent tests and quizzes; homework completion; and course attendance and participation. GREEK 101 will be offered once per year with 24 seats per offering.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.