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GREEK 101 A: Introductory Greek

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MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
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Alexander Hollmann
Alexander Hollmann

Syllabus Description:

GREEK 101: Introductory Greek

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 through 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).


Greek 101 Fall 2020 Schedule

Lessons 1-17 of A to O

Reading and Homework is due on the day assigned, e.g. “F Oct. 2 Read pp. 9–11, Homework Ex A.1–8” means you should come to class on F Oct. 2 having read pp. 9–11 and having completed Ex A.1–8.


Week 1: Lessons 1,2

W Sept. 30 Introduction, Greek alphabet. Read pp. 1-6

Th Oct. 1 Homework: Ex A, B [[or instead of B, substitute beg. of Iliad or Pl. Rep.]].

Here is the powerpoint shown in class.

SUBMIT Ex A as homework assignment by Fri Oct 2 11.59am - see instructions here

F Oct. 2: Accent. Read pp. 9-11 (and don’t panic! This is an introduction – we will work on this as we go and build up understanding). Homework Ex A.1-8

Here is the powerpoint shown in class


Week 2: Lessons 3,4

M Oct. 5 Ω-verbs. Present active indicative,  infinitive, imperative. Read pp. 13-19 (but don’t panic – concentrate on sections 20–24). Homework: take any two verbs introduced in vocabulary other than παιδεύω and for each verb write down all the possible forms introduced in this chapter (present indicative active in all persons sing. and pl., imperatives 2nd and 3rd person sing. and pl., infinitive) with English translation of each form.  

Here is the powerpoint shown in class

SUBMIT homework by T Oct 6 11.59pm

T Oct. 6 Ω-verbs. Homework: Gr.-Eng. p.20  sentences 1,4,6,7,10. Eng.-Gr. sentences 1,4

SUBMIT this homework by W Oct 7 11.59pm

W Oct. 7 First declension fem. nouns, part 1. Read pp. 21–25 (and don’t panic!)

Here is the powerpoint shown in class

Th Oct. 8 Homework: take noun ἐπιστολή and give all possible forms, s. and pl. Homework: p. 26 Gr.-Eng. sentences 6,7,8,9, Eng.-Gr. sentence 1

F Oct. 9: office hour (from now on, every F there will be no formal class, just an office hour). 1st weekly assessment will be posted, due Sunday Oct. 11 11.59 PST

SUBMIT Assessment 1 by Sunday Oct. 11 11.59pm PST


Week 3: Lessons 5,6

M Oct. 12 Lesson 5. First declension fem. nouns, part 2. Read pp. 27–29. Homework: take two nouns from vocab. other than μοῖρα or θάλαττα and give all forms. Gr.-Eng. sentences 1–5.

Here is the Powerpoint shown in class today

SUBMIT this homework by T Oct. 13 11.59pm

T Oct. 13 Lesson 6. Ω-verbs: future active indicative and infinitive. Read pp. 31–34. Homework: p. 29 Gr.-Eng. sentences 6–10. Eng.-Gr. sentence 4.

Here is the Powerpoint shown in class today

W Oct. 14 Lesson 6. Homework: take any verb (except παιδεύω) from the list on p. 32 or introduced on p. 33 and give all forms of future active indicative plus future active infinitive. Gr.-Eng. sentences 1–5, Eng.-Gr. sentence  3

SUBMIT this homework by W Oct. 14 11.59pm

Th Oct. 15 Homework Gr.-Eng. sentences 6–10, Eng.-Gr. 4.

F Oct. 16: SUBMIT 2nd weekly assessment due SUNDAY Oct 18 11.59pm


Week 4: Lessons 7,8

M Oct. 19 Second declension masc. nouns. Read pp. 37–39. Homework: choose any 2nd decl. noun on p. 39 (except ἄνθρωπος  or θεός) and produce all possible forms.

Here is the powerpoint used in class

T Oct. 20 Homework: p. 40 Gr.-Eng. sentences 1–5, Eng.-Gr. sentence 2

SUBMIT this homework by 10/20 11.59pm

W Oct. 21 Second declension neuter nouns, 1st/2nd decl. adjectives. Read pp. 43–48. Homework: translate “Fleeting Joys and Fleeing Fish”, p. 40.

SUBMIT this homework by 10/21 11.59pm

Here is the powerpoint used in class

Th Oct. 22 Homework: Gr.-Eng. sentences p. 48 1,2,5,7,9,10, Eng.-Gr. sentence 1.

F Oct. 23 3rd weekly assessment due


Week 5: Lessons 9,10

M Oct. 26 First declension masc. nouns., substantives. Read pp. 51–54. Homework: choose any masculine noun of 1st decl. listed on p. 54 except  μαθητής or νεανίας and produce all forms.

T Oct. 27 Homework: Gr.-Eng. sentences p. 54 1,5,6,7,10. Eng.-Gr. sentence 1.

W Oct. 28 Ω-verbs imperfect active indicative. Read pp. 57–60. Homework: “Asinine Behavior” p. 55.

Th Oct. 29 Homework: choose any two verbs other than παιδεύω and produce all forms of the imperfect active indicative. Eng.-Gr. sentences p. 60–61 1–8, Gr.-Eng. 1, 4

F Oct. 30 4th weekly assessment due


Week 6: Lesson 11

M Nov. 2 Ω-verbs middle and passive, prepositions. Read §18 in Lesson 3, p. 13-16, esp. “Voice” (p. 14). Homework: “Birdbrained Behavior”, Lesson 10 (p.12) in 46 Stories in Classical Greek.

T  Nov. 3 Homework: take any two verbs (except παιδεύω) and form all possible middle/active forms, and provide a translation for each form (e.g. θύεται: “he/she/it is sacrificed [passive] /sacrifices for himself/herself/itself [middle]). Gr.-Eng. sentences p. 68–69 1,2,3

W  Nov. 4 Homework: Gr.-Eng. sentences p. 69 4–10 (pay special to vocab. notes on p. 68 for special meanings some of these verbs have in the middle voice), Eng.-Gr. sentences 2,4

Th  Nov. 5 Homework: “A Lovesick Youth and a Loveless Cook” 46 Stories in Classical Greek pp. 14–15

F  Nov. 6 5th weekly assessment due


Week 7: Lesson 12,13

M Nov. 9  εἰμί, enclitics. Read pp. 71–74 (don’t panic re enclitics on pp. 73–74).

T Nov. 10 Homework: Gr.-Eng. p.75 1,2,3,4,7,8,9.

W Nov. 11 Veterans Day: NO CLASS

Th Nov. 12 Demonstratives. Read pp. 77. Homework: Gr.-Eng. sentences p. 80  1–5

F Nov. 13 6th weekly assessment due


Week 8: Lessons 14,15

M Nov. 16 Personal Pronouns. Read pp. 83–85. Homework: “Medea Pretends To Have Buried the Hatchet” in 46 Stories in Classical Greek, p. 16

T Nov. 17 Homework: Gr.-Eng. p. 85 sentences 1–5, Eng.-Gr. p. 86  sentence 5

W Nov. 18 Contract(ed) Verbs. Read pp. 87–91 (and don’t panic!).

Th Nov. 19 Homework: produce all possible forms for γελάω, ὠφελέω, δουλόω [‘to enslave’]

F Nov. 20 7th weekly assessment due


Week 9: Lesson 16

M Nov. 23  Third declension nouns (stop, liquid, nasal stems). Read pp. 95–98 (and don’t panic!). Homework: “Mighty Mouse” p. 93.

T Nov. 24 Homework: take the nouns νύξ, νυκτός (f.) ‘night’ and ἐλπίς, ἐλπίδος (f.) ‘hope’ and produce all possible forms. Gr.-Eng. p. 98 sentences 1,2,6,7.

W Nov. 25 8th weekly assessment due

Th Nov. 26 Thanksgiving: NO CLASS

F Nov. 27 Thanksgiving: NO CLASS


Week 10: Lesson 17

M Nov. 30 Third declension nouns: stems in -σ,  third decl. type adjectives. Read pp. 101–104 (and don’t panic!)

T Dec. 1 Homework:  Gr.-Eng. p. 104 sentences 1–4, Eng.-Gr. p. 105 sentence 3

W Dec. 2 Homework: Gr.-Eng. p. 105 sentences 5-7, Eng.-Gr. p. 105 sentence 5

Th Dec. 3 Homework: “Facing the Facts about Friendship” 46 Stories in Classical Greek, p. 24

F Dec. 4 9th weekly assessment due


Week 11: Catch-up and review

M Dec. 7 tba

T Dec. 8 tba

W Dec. 9 tba

Th Dec. 10 tba

F Dec. 11 10th weekly assessment due


W Dec. 16 5.00pm Final assignment due

Catalog Description: 
An intensive study of grammar, with reading and writing of simple Attic prose. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
June 28, 2020 - 9:11pm