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GREEK 103 A: Introductory Greek

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
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Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld

Syllabus Description:

Greek 103: Introductory Greek

M-F 1:30-2:20pm

Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (they/them) 

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 Greek 103, we will cover Lessons 35-50 of the textbook From Alpha to Omega. You will be able to form the subjunctive and optative moods, to recognize and translate advanced syntax, and to continue practicing reading and writing 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 continue to practice writing the Greek alphabet, demonstrated by handwritten Greek on homework assignments.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the material covered in Lessons 35-50 of the textbook 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 translation passages and the final translation project.

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 Black-figure Amphora with Achilles and Ajax playing a game.

Required readings:

  • Textbook: From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek (4thEdition) by Anne Groton.This book explains classical Greek grammar and syntax, contains short readings from ancient Greek authors and many practice exercises. NOTE: only the 4th edition should be used.
  • 46 Stories in Classical Greek by Anne Groton and James M. May. This book contains adapted selections from ancient Greek authors. 
  • Free on-line Greek dictionary:

Course Coordinator: Prof. Deborah Kamen (she/her),

Catalog Description: 
Reading of selections from classical Greek literature. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: GREEK 102 or GREEK 300. Offered: Sp.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
September 4, 2021 - 2:21am