GREEK 101 A: Introductory Greek

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
DEN 113
Olga Levaniouk

Syllabus Description:

Course description:

First year Ancient Greek courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Greeks and allow you to the explore cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to think in new ways: both the language itself and the texts written in it are products of a world very different from ours. Our focus is on Greek as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits. This course counts for VLPA if you are not using it to satisfy the Arts and Sciences graduation requirement in foreign language. 

Course Goals:

Read and translate selections from ancient Greek authors and compose simple sentences in Greek.

Understand and explain the literary, historical and cultural context of texts by ancient Greek authors

Analyze and explain Greek grammar and syntax

Analyze and describe the influence of the Greek language on subsequent languages and literatures

By completing the first year sequence (101-102-103) you equip yourself to read any Greek author. In our second year Greek courses (305, 306, 307) students read selections of Xenophon (305), Plato (306), and Homer (307) Coursework at the 400 level (461, 462, 463) offers a rotating selection of texts from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic or Post-Classical periods of Greek culture.

Check out our excellent study abroad program in Rome, open to students of any major and offered every Spring Quarter. 

At any point, please feel free to ask about adding a major or a minor in Greek or Classical studies. To see information about combining study of Classics with pre-health sciences requirements, click here.

If there are logistical obstacles that stand in the way of your wish to pursue Greek or Classics, please let us know at as often the Classics Department is able to take steps to reduce or eliminate such obstacles.

Required texts

Anne Groton: From Alpha to Omega (abbreviated as ΑΩ in what follows)

Only the fourth edition should be used. This book explains Greek grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Greek authors.

Anne Groton and James May, 46 Stories in Classical Greek

recommended free on-line Greek dictionary:


-completion of homework assignments and in-class exercises                        30%

Homework and in class activities includes: maintenance of a well-organized notebook, preparation of translations, exercises in which you compose sentences in Greek; and other assignments as noted on the syllabus or distributed during the term

-four quizzes                                                         40%

-final exam                                                           30%

Students taking Greek at UW in 2017 want you to know ...

Ancient Greek is fun because it is like a code (with its own alphabet) and when you decipher it there are so many more levels of connotation and meaning to texts originally written in Greek -- like the Iliad!

-Computer Science and Math major

 Ancient Greek gives you a window to explore western civilization in a new way by introducing you to to influential authors, interesting etymologies, and terms, ideas, and stories that have lasted thousands of years.

-Classics and Drama major

 Learning Ancient Greek is like learning a musical instrument. It takes a lot of consistent practice, but you'll find it's worth every minute. Even now, more than 2000 years later, you can still feel the impact the Greeks have made on our world.

-Computer Science major

 I am taking Greek and Latin because it allows me to use a different part of my brain than my biology classes. ... On top of that, the Classics faculty are some of the most helpful and approachable people on campus so they make learning these challenging languages enjoyable and rewarding,

-Classics, History and Biology major

I studied Greek to be able to read the New Testament, but I became fascinated with how Greeks approached the world. So much of what we think and how we think starts with the Greeks, something you can only appreciate by studying the language.

Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Attic prose. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:13pm