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GREEK 300 A: Introductory Greek, Accelerated

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Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
SWS 036
Outside the Temple of Nemea in Greece
Édgar Adrián García

Syllabus Description:

Greek 300 W 2020 First Year Ancient Greek Syllabus and course policies 

Edgar A. García
Denny 400k
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
Greek 300 prepares you to take Greek 103 in Spring quarter.  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). If you would like to discuss pursuing a minor or major in the Department of Classics, you can contact the Department's Undergraduate Adviser, Professor Catherine Connors at
Required texts: 
Anne Groton: From Alpha to Omega.  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 M. May 46 Stories in Classical Greek. This book contains selections, somewhat adapted, from many ancient Greek authors. 
free on-line Greek dictionary: 
 Academic Integrity: University of Washington students are expected to practice high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity as outlined here:
Learning Support: Access and Accommodations  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. 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 ( 
Conduct: 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
Tentative Schedule

How to read this schedule:

The ΑΩ Lessons and the homework assignments should be read and completed before the listed date. For example: on 1/7, come to class having already read Lesson 2 and having completed the homework assignment for Lesson 1. The canvas page will be regularly updated with specific assignments. 



Week 9


Monday 3/2

Homework: Lesson 25 GtE (1–3, 5, 6, 8) and EtG (1)

ΑΩ Lesson 26: Direct and Indirect Questions; Alternative Questions

Tuesday 3/3

Homework: 46 Stories Sage Advice for Alexander” on p. 44

Focus on lines 5 (starting at ὡς δ’ ἠρώτησεν) to end

Wednesday 3/4

Homework: Lesson 26 GtE (1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10)

ΑΩ Lesson 27: Aorist Passive and review of verbs

Thursday 3/5

Homework: 46 StoriesA Fitting Foe and a Horse Fit for a King” on p. 46 lines 1-5 and second paragraph

Friday 3/6

Homework: Lesson 27 GtE (1, 2, 5, 8, 10) and EtG (1)

ΑΩ Lesson 28: Future Passive Tense; Future Perfect Active, etc.; οἶδα


Week 10


Monday 3/9

Homework: Lesson 28 GtE (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10) and EtG (2)

ΑΩ Lesson 29: Third Declension: Vowel Stems and Syncopated Stems

Tuesday 3/10

Homework: Lesson 29 GtE (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) and EtG (2)

ΑΩ Lesson 30: Deponent Verbs; Genitive Absolute; εἶς, οὐδείς/μηδείς

Wednesday 3/11

Homework: 46 StoriesThe Greeks Defy a Despot” on p. 52

Thursday 3/12

Homework: Lesson 30 GtE (1–3, 5, 6) and EtG (4)

Review and Consolidation

Friday 3/13

Review and Consolidation


Final Exam: March 16, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 4:20 PM

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)
Last updated: 
October 18, 2019 - 8:21am