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GREEK 300 A: Introductory Greek, Accelerated

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Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 8:30am - 10:40am
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Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld

Syllabus Description:

Accelerated Greek 300 

Summer A-Term 2020 (June 22-July 22, 2020)

M-F 8:30-10:40


Instructor: Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld

Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-12pm

Course Coordinator: Prof. Deborah Kamen

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Welcome to ancient Greece! First year Greek courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Greeks and allows you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. In Accelerated Greek 300, we will cover Lessons 1 – 26 of From Alpha to Omega. You will learn to write the Greek alphabet, to recognize and form Greek nouns and verbs, and to translate sentences and short paragraphs in classical Greek. Through daily activities, you will encounter Greek as a literary language, its philosophy, its poetry, its history, its drama, and more.

Course Goals:

  • Students will gain increased familiarity with the Greek alphabet, demonstrated by handwritten Greek on homework assignments.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the material covered in Lessons 1 – 26 of From Alpha to Omega, demonstrated by their performance on weekly assessments.
  • Students will gain increased reading comprehension of classical Greek, demonstrated by their performance on the final translation project.


The UW Department of Classics Summer intensive first year ancient Greek program covers a whole year of introductory ancient Greek and consists of two courses: Greek 300 followed by Greek 103. Completion of Greek 103 with a grade of 2.0 fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. If you are not using ancient Greek to complete the foreign language proficiency requirement, Greek 300 and Greek 103 can each count for VLPA.


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.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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October 9, 2020 - 9:11pm