Courses in Ancient Greek

Foundations of Ancient Greek

GRK 1 - Introductory Ancient Greek  Study of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary accompanied by reading of simple Greek prose selections. Normally offered in the Winter term, this course is designed to be followed immediately by GRK 3 in a two-term sequence.

GRK 1.02/3.02 - Intensive Greek    A double course (two time slots) covering both GRK 1 and GRK 3 in a single Spring term. Introduces all the basics of grammar and syntax and provides a gradual introduction to the reading of continuous texts. Satisfies the College language requirement.

GRK 3 - Intermediate Greek  Continued study of Greek grammar and syntax and an introduction to reading in prose authors. Normally offered in Spring term. Satisfies the College language requirement.

Intermediate and Advanced Courses

GRK 10  Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry For who have aleady studied the basics of the language. Readings drawn from Greek tragedy will illustrate foundational concepts of the culture. LIT, W

GRK 20  Homer Reading in Greek and discussion of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. Reading of the whole poem in translation and discussion of its character, style, and composition. LIT, W

GRK 24  Theater  A study of the tragedy and comedy of Classical Greece through detailed reading of at least one play of Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, or Aristophanes. LIT, W

GRK 26  Intellectual Enquiry in Classical Greece   Explores the period of intellectual ferment and enquiry in fifth- and fourth-century Greek cities, when traditional beliefs came under scrutiny and many different figures laid claim to truth telling, from orators and sophists to poets and the practitioners of philosophy, history, and medicine.  TMV, W

GRK 28 Plato's Symposium   A small-enrollment seminar offering an introduction to Plato's thought and to a rich vein of material illustrating Greek attitudes and assumptions on erotic love for both sexes. The primary text is Plato's Symposium, which we will study in the original language using an extraordinarily helpful study text by Louise Pratt (Eros at the Banquet). As time allows during the term, we will explore some of the rich body of evidence that exists in Greek poetry, oratory, and the visual arts either confirming or contradicting the impression given by Plato. TMV, W

GRK 29  New Testament A brief introduction to the language, vocabulary, and idiom of New Testament Greek, followed by readings in the Gospels and in the Epistles of St. Paul. TMV, W

GRK 30.07  The End of the World     Studies Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature produced in the Hellenistic era. These extraordinary texts, which portend a catastrophic end to the world, are notoriously difficult to interpret due to their fantastical imagery and cryptic symbolism. We will also examine the relationship of these texts to communities under duress. TMV, W