First year Ancient 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.
This course counts for VLPA if you are not using it to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement. If you are hoping to use Ancient Greek to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement, please email email@example.com to let us know.
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 through Greek 301 you equip yourself to read any Greek author. In our second year courses (305, 306, 307) students read selections of Xenophon (305), Plato (306), and Homer (307).
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.