Greek 301    

Edwin Carawan:    phone: 836-4831

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Texts: Plato's Apology of Socrates, G.P. Rose ed. (Bryn Mawr Commentary)  or comparable text with commentary (such as Dyer & Seymour).  You will also need an Intermediate Greek Lexicon (or better) and reference grammar.


Objectives: The first aim of this study is to build a command of basic vocabulary, syntax and interpretive skills for reading Greek prose. You should also gain a general sense of the political and intellectual background. The focus of our study is the 'defense speech' as a particular form of discourse with its own peculiar strategies and assumptions. After Plato’s version, we will continue with an excerpt from Crito, as time permits.


Requirements: competent translation from the Greek, command of vocabulary and grammar, using dictionary, commentary and other references. You will not be allowed to consult prepared translations in class. Keep a list of key vocabulary (esp. verbs with principal parts) and problematic constructions (e.g., conditions).


The Course Grade will consist of Mid-term and Final Examination (30% each) and record of daily participation. For rules regarding attendance, make-ups, non-discrimination and special accommodations, see online Policy Statement.


Week 1  ...Cram Review 1-3    Apology 17 much simplified
Week 2 ...Cram Review cont.  Apology 18 simplified
Week 3... Aorist Practice      1st Aorist List
Sept. 25ff. ... Aorist Prax 2
Conditions made simple   Apology 27d-28a, analyzed
Thereafter: ... Short cut to the Optative
Subjunctive/Optative review
Apology 28e-29a analyzed
And then: ... Review Indirect Statement
Parse infinitive constructions in Ap. 29-30
Analyze Conditions in Ap. 30-1
For midterm, in addition to the passages analyzed above 27d-31,  Review
Mid-term translation ...  Oct. 7  (or as arranged)
Two witnesses to an atrocity: ... Apology 39c-40 ...Cf. Andocides 1.94 (same Meletos?)
Final Exam ...Wed, Dec. 9  at 1:15 or as arranged...  
 Translation,  4 out of  7 passages