Greek 101:  11:50 MWF     Fall 2013

Dr. Edwin Carawan

Office Hours: 2pm MWF, 1pm TTh ...... 115 Siceluff, 836-4831

Texts and Materials: Balme & Lawall, Athenaze 2nd edn.(or later); additional readings and exercises will be provided in handout and online.


Contributing to Cultural Competence.

Objectives and Requirements:
The chief aim of this course (and its sequels) is to build a basic reading knowledge of Greek, both for classical authors and koinκ (New Testament). To this end, the text Athenaze will provide extensive practice in reading continuous prose, with daily passages gradually increasing in length and sophistication. And as we progress, we will work in additional readings from New Testament. This approach lightens the burden of traditional grammar-based instruction and gives interesting background on ancient society. At times it will look like a lot of material but each lesson proceeds without any great increase in difficulty.

You will need to become comfortable with pronunciation for reading aloud: Just recognizing the written characters visually, without a sense of how it sounds, will not build a good command of the language. Students will have to read and respond in Greek daily. As an aid to pronunciation most of the early lessons are linked to audio clips in the schedule below.

The course grade will be the average of 4 quizzes (50%), homework and in-class exercises (25%); and Final Exam (25 pts.).     See also the general Policy Statement. You are encouraged to study together, but homework must be your own work: any evidence of copied homework will be treated as plagiarism. Any academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions (as listed in Student Academic Integrity, pp.4-5) proportionate to the value of the work.

Special considerations: We strongly support University policies to accommodate students with disabilities and to prevent or remedy discrimination of any kind. If you have a concern or special need, please advise the instructor.     In regard to disabilities, you may also contact Disability Services (836-4192); regarding discrimination, the Equal Opportunity Officer (836-4252) or go to
    Thorough preparation and active participation day-by-day is essential.      

Schedule: chapters are indicated as Ath.1a, etc.; exercises as ex.1β, etc.  In Windows the font (Eng. & Greek) is Palatino Linotype (Unicode extended.)  For most Mac Users the Greek will appear as Times or Lucida Grande on Safari or Firefox.     Audio files are in mp3 format and may be copied.    … ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν λόγος …



Aug. 19. . . Intro: Homer to the Gospels; the Greek alphabet and pronunciation.

Aug. 21-3. . .Athιnaze 'Introduction'  vowels and diphthongs; ....consonants & practice.

                               and reading (audio) Ath.1a

Aug. 26. . .Ath. 1b: vocab & notes               reading1b... exx. 1β-γ 

                    Memorable Beginnings (pronunciation practice)


Aug.28-30… Ex. 1β, 2-4 & 1γ2-4—hand-in!        ...Ath

 2a         Prepositions in Space-Time  . .  Verb Practice  

                                         Optional hand-in: ex 2β-γ   VerbPrax2

Sept. 4  ....Ath. 2b : Study vocab & grammar pp. 18-20; do Cases; then read the passage, p. 18-9,  Xanthias (cont.)

Sept. 6... Exx. 2 ζ- η, written; Practice for Quiz 1                Recitation (from 'Memorable Beginnings')


Mon. Sept. 9 . . . Quiz 1.


Sept. 11 … Read Ath 3α;  exx 3α-β (atp, not handin).

Sept. 13 … pp. 31-2; exx.  3γ-δ.  Read Ath 3β.


Sept. 16 …  Practice with Plurals                                         Exx.3 ε-ζ  written handin

Sept. 18 …  Meet ‘We’.                  Ath 4a helpsheet;      A-stem Practice.

Sept. 20 … Sentence Graph    …. trouble with grammar jargon?


Sept. 23 …  Reading Ath 4α . . .   Study the A-stem oddities in Ath 4b (vocab and grammar).

                                         Then do Practice with Adjectives

Sept. 25 …  (1) Reading Ath 4β: be prepared for brief questions on content (like the exx. on p. 51).

                                         (2) Ex. 4λ handin.

Sept. 27 …  Practice Quiz 2;  Memoranda, p. 53.  

                                         Vocab for Quiz 2.

                                         Epitaph for Nikoteles.                   Luke 6.45.


Sept. 30 … Quiz 2.


Oct. 2 …  A-stem Verbs.         

Oct. 4 …   Reading Ath 5α.           Ex. 5δ (written handin).


Oct. 7 …   Reading Ath 5β (‘the Wolf’); in-class exercise (reading comprehension)

Oct. 9 … (1) Study Pronouns, pp. 65-8, with exx. 5ζ-η.                (2) Read Ἄργος, pp. 69-70, with ex. 5θ.

                                         (3) Begin reading from John 2, Wedding at Cana.    Anacreontic Τέττιξ (p. 71)


Oct. 14 … Middle Voice.       Study grammar pp. 74-78; exx. 6γ and ε.                      Begin Reading Ath 6α.

Oct. 16 …  Finish reading 6α; exx. 6α, η, θ .                   Practice with the Middle

Oct. 18 …  Reading passage Ath 6β; exx. 6 ι-μ.


Oct. 21 …  Exx.  6ν 6-10, 6ξ 2-4, written handin.  Memorables (p. 93):  Marriage   …                Luke 13.10-16

Oct. 23 …   Practice for Quiz 3  …                 Vocab    (as time permits, pp. 91-2, Theseus leaves Ariadne)


Oct. 25 …                              Quiz 3.


Oct. 28 ...  Study grammar pp. 96-9, with  '3rd declension simplified';     ex. 7β.


Oct. 30  ...   Reading Ath 7α;        Comprehension Questions;   exx. 7γ-δ.


Nov. 1  ...   Reading Ath 7β;          Comprehension  Questions:


Nov. 4  ...   Written homework handin: finish practice '3rd declension';  ex. 7ε, 5-10;  Begin reading p. 110 (atp).


Nov. 6  ...   Begin with Intro-to-Participles; Study vocab and grammar, pp. 112-16; plus ex. 8β (and 8γ atp).


Nov. 8  ...   Assignment for Ath 8α.


Nov. 11 ... Study vocab and grammar, pp. 122-6; read passage Ath 8β, attn to participles & 3rd declension.


Nov. 13 ...   Written handin: exx. 8δ 3-10 and 8ε 1-7.                  Memorable passages 3 (pp. 121, 131).

                    Prep for Quiz 4: Study pp. 128-9; ex. 8η 1-7.  Begin reading p. 130 (atp)

                                         Practice with 3rd declension & participles.

Nov. 15 . . .    Quiz 4


Nov. 18  ...  Ath 9α: study grammar, pp. 135-7; read the passage, with ex. 9α (ID actice participles); Exercise. 


Nov. 20  ...  Exx. 9β & γ (all), plus  9δ 1-3 (p. 137);      Πᾶς & Participle-endings.


Nov.  22-5  ...                Study grammar, pp. 145-7; read passage Ath 9β...     Ath 9β cont.


Dec. 2  ...   Written handin: exx. 9ε (all) & 9ζ 4-11 (pp. 146-7).                    Odysseus & Circe  (p. 149).

                    Memorable passages (p. 151): Simonides 76;             Luke 6.31-3;                 Luke 6 cont.


Dec. 4 ...    Review and Luke 2 cont.  Reading Aloud.   ...            Practice for translation on Final. 

                    Noun Chart  ...         Early Christian Hymn (3rd c. AD?).


Final Exam  ... Mon. Dec 9 at 11am.