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General Bulletin 2004-2006

Courses of Instruction

GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (GRK-Arts and Science; Department of Classics)

101, 102 Beginning Greek (4, 4) (101)

Essentials of ancient Greek including basic principles of grammar, acquisition of basic vocabulary, and practice in reading and writing. (102) Continuation of GRK 101 culminating in readings selected from Homer, Plato, Xenophon, or Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: (102) completion of GRK 101 or equivalent.

Advanced Courses

Note: Greek 101, 102 or equivalent are the minimum prerequisite for all advanced courses in Greek.

201 Homer (3)

Introduction to the language, historical background, and artistic riches of Homer. Selected readings from Iliad or Odyssey. Prerequisite: GRK 101, 102. CAS-B-LIT.

202 Plato (3)

Introduction to Greek prose based on reading selections from Plato. Emphasis on reading comprehension and critical assessment of text. Prerequisite: GRK 201. CAS-B-LIT or CAS-A (not both).

221 Greek Prose Composition (1)

Introduction to elementary prose composition; systematic review of basic forms; analysis of selected short prose passages as illustrations of points of syntax and as introduction to the Greek handling of connection, antithesis, particles, participles, and idiom. Prerequisite: completion of GRK 102.

222 Advanced Greek Prose Composition (1)

Advanced prose composition; systematic development of command of Greek grammar, syntax, and idiom; composition exercises emphasizing continuous prose supplemented by study of style and idiom of a selected Attic prose writer. Prerequisite: completion of GRK 201; completion of GRK 221 highly recommended.

301 Advanced Readings in Representative Authors (3)

Close study of readings in history, tragedy, philosophy, or epic. Course will meet with GRK 201, but students registered under GRK 301 will be assigned additional work appropriate for their more advanced standing. Prerequisite: GRK 202. CAS-B-LIT.

302 Advanced Readings in Representative Authors (3)

Close study of readings in history, tragedy, philosophy, or epic. Course will meet with GRK 202, but students registered under GRK 302 will be assigned additional work appropriate for their more advanced standing. Prerequisite: GRK 202. CAS-B-LIT.

310 Special Topics in Greek Literature (3; maximum 12; may be repeated when content changes)

Study of selected authors or special topics in Greek literature. Prerequisite: GRK 202. CAS-B. Offered infrequently. Recent offerings have included:

310.A Greek Lyric Poetry. Survey of the precious remains of Greek elegy, personal lyric, and choral lyric from Tyrtaeus and Callinus through Archilochus, Sappho, and Solon to Pindar and Bacchylides.

310.B Plato. Examination of artistic and intellectual achievement of Plato through intensive examination of selected dialogues.

410 Special Topics in Greek Literature (3; maximum 12; may be repeated when content changes)

Study of selected authors or special topics in Greek literature. Prerequisite: GRK 202. CAS-B-LIT. Recent offerings have included:

410.A Greek Tragedy. Exploration of the evolution and transformation of tragic drama in 5th century through reading and analysis of one play by each major tragedian: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Thucydides.

410.B The Greek Historians. Study of critical assumptions, methodology, and style of Herodotus and Thucydides against background of 5th century intellectual and political developments. Special emphasis on Thucydides.

480 Independent Reading for Department Honors (3)

Reading centered upon a major topic of Greek literature and thought, normally culminating in an independent essay. Prerequisite: advanced level ability usually requiring completion of course offerings or equivalents, GRK 101 through at least one semester at 400 level.

630 Directed Study in the Greek Language (1-4; maximum 12)

Graduate standing and permission of department chair and instructor required.


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