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GREEK 300 A: Introductory Greek, Accelerated

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 8:30am - 10:40am
SAV 169
Joint Sections: 
Charles Carver

Syllabus Description:


First year Greek courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Greeks and allow you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to explore unknown areas and think in new ways. Our focus is on Greek as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make strong connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits.

Greek 300 and 301 count for VLPA. If you wish to use Greek to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language proficiency requirement, please contact to make appropriate arrangements. 

 Course Goals:

Through your work in the course you will demonstrate that you can: 

  • 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 (300-301) 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 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 text

Anne Groton: From Alpha to Omega Only the fourth edition should be used. This book explains Greek grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Greek authors.

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: 
Intensive introduction to Attic Greek. Not accepted as upper-division credit toward a major in Greek or classics. Does not satisfy foreign language proficiency requirement. Cannot be taken for credit if GREEK 101 already taken. Offered: WS.
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:23pm