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GREEK 102 A: Introductory Greek

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
RAI 109
Clauss with students in Rome
James J. Clauss

Syllabus Description:


Monday-Friday 1:30-2:20, 

Dept. of Classics phone: 206 543-2266

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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.

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 (101-102-103) you equip yourself to read any Greek author. In our second year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students read selections of Xenophon (305), Plato (306), and Homer (307), and other authors (304).

Required texts

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

  1. 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:


Course overview:

            In the first quarter of Greek (AO 1-17) we learned how to state facts in simple sentences. We were introduced to all of the noun declensions, we learned the basics of the case system, and we learned the present, future, and imperfect tenses in the active, middle/passive (present and imperfect) and and middle (future). Above all we learned how to work with the textbook, how to focus on what needs to be memorized and not be overwhelmed, and how to make and use an effective personal reference notebook.

            In Greek 102 (AO 18-30) we will add the aorist (a past tense expressing a single action or moment) tense and the perfect tenses (past action with continuing action in the present). We will master Greek's beautiful system of participles: the active, middle and passive participles of the present, future, aorist and perfect tenses.  We will begin to work with various kinds of subordinate clauses to construct complex and well-crafted sentences. Awaiting us in Greek 103 are the ways to use the subjunctive and optative to talk about situations that are not factual and various other delightful fine points. We may do some previewing of material from 103 during 102 so that your time for learning it is spread out over a longer time during the year.


Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Attic prose. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: GREEK 101. Offered: W.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:14pm