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GREEK 305 A: Attic Prose

Meeting Time: 
MTWF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
DEN 210
Alain M. Gowing

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Greek 305: Attic Prose

MTWF 1:30-2:20, Denny 210

Instructor: Prof. A.M. Gowing


Prerequisites: Please note that this is a *Greek* class (readings are in classical or Attic Greek).  It is assumed that students in this class will have completed either of the two beginning Greek series (Greek 101-102-103 or Greek 300-301) OR their equivalent.  If you are in doubt, please ask me. (NB: Students interested in MODERN Greek should look into the courses listed in the JSIS Language Courses (Jackson School) section of the Time Schedule.)

The full syllabus for this class will be available before the start of the Autumn Quarter, but here is an overview of the course:

Course description: This class, an introduction to Attic prose, entails readings in the Anabasis of Xenophon (c. 430–354 BC), his account of the march of the 'Ten Thousand' in 370 BC, a military expedition led by Cyrus the Younger whose intent was to dislodge his brother as king of Persia and in which Xenophon participated. While the bulk of class time will be devoted to translating the text, attention will be given as well to matters of style and interpretation.  There will also be a weekly exercise in prose composition designed to review both fundamental points of grammar, in particular the uses of the cases, and vocabulary drawn from the week's reading.  The chief aim of the class is to improve your ability to read and appreciate Attic prose, the most prevalent and widely used 'dialect' of classical Greek.

Required Texts:

M.W. Mather and J.W. Hewitt, edd.  Xenophon's Anabasis Books I-IV (Univ. of Oklahoma Press 1962).

J. Bonner, Greek Composition (Chicago, 1903) [this will be provided]


  • Class participation and daily preparation - 10%
  • Satisfactory completion of prose compositions – 20%
  •  3 Quizzes – 15 % each (total of 45%)
  •  Final examination - 25%


Catalog Description: 
Translation of selections from Attic prose; elementary exercises in Attic prose composition.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:14pm