Ancient greek ancient greek semester summary before final exam
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SYLLABUS: Ancient Greek II
Texts: Fagles, Robert, trans. Homer’s Iliad.
Hansen, Hardy and Gerald Quinn. Greek: An Intensive Course. New York: Fordham University
General Expectations: Pay attention during lectures, ask questions, raise problems, contribute ideas
Participate in group activities and discussions – let your interests shape the course,
challenge your brain to expand and think in new ways
respect and listen to the ideas and opinions of others – we can learn from each other
approach the instructor or TA with personal problems or difficulties
Reject the basic assumptions of our modern ‘culture’
The daytime sessions are class periods devoted to absorbing material (the Greek Language, Greek History,
etc.) and to interacting with Greek Culture and with your classmates.
The evening sessions are Your practice time: The TA or instructor will conduct drills, assist in exercises,
and answer questions, but when you are working at your own pace, it is up to you to make flash cards for
vocabulary words, re-read sections that are difficult, memorize paradigms, work on your research project,
do a self-correcting examination (which appear every three units (or so) in H&Q), or, if you run out of all
other things to do (which you won’t), you will ask the TA or instructor what it would benefit you to do…
How is CTY GREEK II different from GREEK I?
Greek II is more focused on developing grammatical skills and honing philological knowledge and
experience. Our practice with grammar and vocabulary will me more intense, and it will bring the student
to an intermediate grasp of the Greek language with which the student will be able to read simpler styles of
Greek prose and poetry. This course will also emphasise the developing fluency in reading Greek aloud,
including metrical Greek. We will frame our grammatical studies with an in-depth exploration of Homer’s
Iliad and Plato’s Symposium (in particular) which highlight the main themes of this class: LOVE and WAR
(eros and eris).
WEEK 1: Refreshing Beginning Greek, Iliad
Day 1 Welcome – self introduction, survey, classroom policy/ rule formulation, honour-code talk, book-
borrowing policy, syllabus review & introduction of the course texts and expectations, course
goals (skills + content)
Refreshment of Basic Grammar: (alphabet, breathing marks, accents, pronunciation, noun cases, first
declension, second declension, articles and use, attributive position, verbs (person, number, tense,
voice, mood), principle parts, present imperfect future aorist indicatives, present and aorist
Introduction of the Iliad: HISTORY of the Trojan war (background to the events of the Iliad) the relation
of legend to history and archaeology, survival of the ancient story, characters, plot (1-24), geography,
language, metre, genre etc.
Day 2 Memorisation of the first line of the Iliad (in Greek)
Continued Review: Subjunctives and Optatives
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