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GREEK 306 A: Attic Prose

Painiting of The Death of Socrates
Meeting Time: 
MTWF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
DEN 256
Deborah Kamen

Syllabus Description:

Prof. Deborah Kamen (she/her),

MTWF 1.30-2.20pm, Denny 256

Office hour: Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm and by appointment, Denny 262F


In this course, we will read Plato’s Apology in Greek and review grammar by composing sentences in Greek. Class time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and some Fridays will be devoted to translating Plato; other Fridays will be devoted to reviewing prose composition assignments.                                                                   


Required textbook:
G. P. Rose (ed.), Plato’s Apology (Bryn Mawr Commentaries 1989)


Useful references:


Participation and daily preparation: 20%
Prose composition assignments: 20%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 20%
Exam 3: 20%

Daily preparation entails reading (before class) the assigned passages of Plato's Apology.  Participation entails translating aloud in class, discussing the text, and answering questions. It's always best to come to class even if you haven't had a chance to prepare; if you don't feel up for translating on a particular day, just let me know (either before or during class) and I won't call on you.

Prose composition assignments will be posted on Canvas under 'Assignments' at least 48 hours in advance of their due date and must be completed by the due date. NOTE: Prose comps don't have to be perfect to earn full credit! You just have to show that you've put in a good-faith effort. We will go over the sentences together in class; please bring a pen of a different color in order to correct your work, and I will collect your assignments at the end of class.

Each exam will cover passages of Plato read since the last exam. Exams will primarily involve: 1) translating passages of Plato; 2) answering grammatical and other questions about those passages. Except in the case of serious illness, family emergency, or religious observance, make-up exams will not be given and prose composition assignments will not be accepted late.

Any student requiring special accommodations should provide me with a letter from the Disability Resources for Students Office as soon as possible.


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.


Academic Integrity:

University of Washington students are expected to practice high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity. Instances of academic dishonesty (including cheating and plagiarizing) will result in being reported for academic misconduct. If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, please read this.


UW COVID-19 Face Covering Policy:

Masking is optional except in certain situations: see UW's Face Covering Policy.


ACCESS Student Policy:

I follow the ACCESS Student Policy as described on the UW Registrar website: “ACCESS students attend classes on an audit basis as a non-matriculated student. As an auditor, you may not participate in class discussions, take tests, or submit papers.”


NOTE: All readings are subject to change.


Week 1:

Jan. 3: Introduction

Jan. 5: Read through 17b6 in Plato’s Apology


Week 2:

Jan. 8: Read through 17c7

Jan. 9: Read through 18a6

Jan. 10: Read through 18c3

Jan. 12: Prose composition #1 (NOTE: you can find prose composition assignments under 'Assignments')


Week 3:


Jan. 16: Read through 18e3

Jan. 17: Read through 19c1

Jan. 19: Read through 19d7


Week 4:

Jan. 22: Read through 20a5

Jan. 23: Read through 20c2

Jan. 24: EXAM 1

Jan. 26: Prose composition #2 


Week 5:

Jan. 29: Read through 20e2

Jan. 30: Read through 21a8

Jan. 31: Read through 21c2

Feb. 2: Read through 21e2


Week 6

Feb. 5: Read through 22b2

Feb. 6: Read through 22c8

Feb. 7: Read through 22e5

Feb. 9: Prose composition #3


Week 7:

Feb. 12: Read through 23c1

Feb. 13: Read through 23d9

Feb. 14: Read through 24b2

Feb. 16: EXAM 2


Week 8:


Feb. 20: Read through 24d7

Feb. 21: Read through 25a11

Feb. 23: Prose composition #4 


Week 9:

Feb. 26: Read through 25d7

Feb. 27: Read through 26b7

Feb. 28: Read through 26e5

Mar. 1: Read through 27c3


Week 10:

Mar. 4: Read through 28a1

Mar. 5: Read through 28d5

Mar. 6: Read through 29b9

Mar. 8: Prose composition #5


Mar. 11: EXAM 3 2.30-4.20pm


Catalog Description: 
Translation of selections from Attic prose; elementary exercises in Attic prose composition. Intended as second in a sequence of three. Recommended: one year of college-level Ancient Greek or equivalent. Offered: W.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
October 18, 2023 - 2:39pm