Greek 101: 12:20 MWF Fall 2015
Office Hours: 2:30 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
regarding discrimination, the Equal
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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 ὁ λόγος
Aug. 17. . . Intro: Homer to the Gospels; the Greek alphabet and pronunciation.
and reading (audio) Ath.1a
Memorable Beginnings (pronunciation practice)
Aug. 26 Ex. 1β, 2-4 & 1γ2-4hand-in!
Aug. 31....Ath. 2b : Study vocab & grammar pp. 18-20; do Cases;
then read the passage, p. 18-9, Xanthias (cont.)
Fri. Sept. 4 . . . Quiz 1.
Sept. 11 pp. 31-2; exx. 3γ-δ. Read Ath 3β.
Sept. 14 Practice with Plurals Exx.3 ε-ζ written handin
Study vocab, pp. 36-7 and begin Reading Ath 4α
Sept. 21 Reading Ath 4α . . . Study the A-stem oddities in Ath 4b (vocab and grammar).
Then do Practice with Adjectives
Sept. 23 (1) Reading Ath 4β: be prepared for brief questions on content (like the exx. on p. 51).
(2) Ex. 4λ handin.
Sept. 25 Practice Quiz 2; Memoranda, p. 53.
Sept. 28 Quiz 2.
Sept. 30 A-stem Verbs.
Oct. 2 Reading Ath 5α. Ex. 5δ (written handin).
Oct. 5 Reading Ath 5β (the Wolf); in-class exercise (reading comprehension)
Oct. 7 (1) Study Pronouns, pp. 65-8, with exx. 5ζ-η. (2) Read ὁ Ἄργος, pp. 69-70, with ex. 5θ.
Oct. 12 Finish reading 6α; exx. 6α, η, θ . Practice with the Middle
Oct. 14 Reading passage Ath 6β; exx. 6 ι-μ.
Oct. 21 Quiz 3.
Oct. 23 ... Study grammar pp. 96-9, with '3rd declension simplified'; ex. 7β.
Oct. 30 ... Written homework handin: finish practice '3rd declension'; ex. 7ε, 5-10.
Begin reading p. 110 (atp).
Nov. 2 ... Begin with Intro-to-Participles; Study vocab and grammar, pp. 112-16; plus ex. 8β (and 8γ atp).
Nov. 4 ... Assignment for Ath 8α.
Nov. 6 ... Study vocab and grammar, pp. 122-6; read passage Ath 8β, attn to participles & 3rd declension.
Nov. 9 ... 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. 11 . . . Quiz 4
Nov. 13 ... Ath 9α: study grammar, pp. 135-7; read the passage, with ex. 9α (ID active participles); Exercise.
Nov. 16 ... Exx. 9β & γ (all), plus 9δ 1-3 (p. 137); Πᾶς & Participle-endings.
[[Nov. 23-27 Thanksgiving/Fall Holiday]]
Nov. 30 ... Written handin: exx. 9ε (all) & 9ζ 4-11 (pp. 146-7). Odysseus & Circe (p. 149).
Final Exam ... Mon. Dec 7 at 11am.