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Greek (GREEK)

GREEK 430 Greek Poetry (3-6) Translation and analysis of selected readings in Greek poetry.

GREEK 430 Greek Poetry (3-6)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

GREEK 430 is an advanced Greek literature course in which students will read 1200-1500 verses of a non-dramatic genre of ancient Greek poetry (in different years the course is offered, this might be epic, lyric, bucolic, or didactic poetry). Students also will read in English the entire output of the author they are studying. The overall goals of the course are as follows: (1) to increase the ease and fluency of advanced-level students with ancient Greek in general and poetic idiom in particular; and (2) to expose students to a limited amount of scholarly literature and give practice in understanding and evaluating a scholarly argument in relation to a primary text with which they are familiar. Students will be expected to enter the class with a comfortable level of reading skill (as acquired in GREEK 003, 102 or their equivalent); the course will not cover grammar, nor will all the assigned readings in Greek be translated in class. Emphasis is on reading a generous amount of poetry in the original Greek and on literary interpretation.

The approach in the classroom will change as the term progresses. Initially, classes will be more lecture-driven in order to explain the background and characteristics of the poetry being read. Translation assignments early in the semester will be relatively short (30-50 verses per class). As students gain in ease and familiarity with the Greek they are reading, assignments will become longer (with a goal of approximately 100 verses per class by the end of the term) and students will assume an increasing proportion of the responsibility for conducting individual class sessions, culminating in student presentations at the end of the semester. GREEK 430 is one of a series of advanced Greek poetry and prose courses that allows students to gain skill and knowledge about a range of ancient Greek literature. GREEK 430 may be used to fulfill several requirements for the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies major including the requirement of courses in Greek or Roman language, literature, or archaeology and a 400-level course in a related area. The course is particularly designed for students who select the Language Option of the major, which requires four courses at the 400-level in Greek or Latin. Students will be evaluated through class participation, quizzes, tests, an oral presentation, and a final exam. The course will be offered once every other year and will offer 20 seats per offering.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities and Second or Beyond 12th Level Foreign Language
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: GREEK 102

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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