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GREEK 305 A: Attic Prose

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Meeting Time: 
MTWF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
MGH 242
Alain M. Gowing

Syllabus Description:

Greek 305: Attic Prose (Autumn Quarter 2019)

MTWF 1:30-2:20, Mary Gates Hall 242

5 Credits ** Satisfies VLPA 

PLEASE note that this class assumes you have completed first year Greek (either the sequence Greek 101-102-103 or Greek 300-301) or its equivalent 

Prof. Alain M. Gowing
Denny Hall M262C (on north mezzanine)
AQ '19 Office Hours: M 9:30-10:30 AM and by appointment

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.)

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%

Important UW policy-related things to know:

  • The UW's Religious Accommodations Policy: “Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.”
  • The UW's Student Conduct Code: "The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at"
  • Access and Accommodation: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

    If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

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Although I have not required you to purchase one, you may well want to obtain a good Greek grammar (other than your beginning textbook), especially if you plan to continue Greek beyond this class.  Smyth is the old standby and still the one I generally recommend, but note the new Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek:


Smyth's Greek Grammar (the one you should use and may have purchased)


The older (and differently titled) Smyth's Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges
NB: Note that the references to Smyth in your text -- for example, at the bottom of any given page in the commentary you'll see a column labelled 'S.' -- are to this older version of Smyth called A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges (the newer, and much more thorough version -- simply titled Greek Grammar -- is the one in common use and which you'll find at the Bookstore and via the link to the online version I've provided above).  This older version is in fact available online HERE, in case you find it useful to consult it from time to time.  Much of the information in old Smyth is identical to new Smyth -- but new Smyth adds a good deal more detail (and the section numbers are different).

Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek, Boas, Rijksbaron, Huitink, and de Bakker, edd. (Cambridge 2019): This is brand-spanking new -- I just got my copy in mid-September.  I've not had time to assess it fully, but it is possible it will supplant Smyth as the go-to grammar.  My early judgement is that you would not regret purchasing it.  I'm going to be using it myself this quarter just to see what it's like.  You can preview it on Google Books HERE.  

Maps etc.
Since I really like maps, I'll post relevant ones I've found useful:



Catalog Description: 
Translation of selections from Attic prose; elementary exercises in Attic prose composition.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm