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Greek Courses

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GRE 103 Intensive Introductory Greek
Prerequisites & Notes

(Offered annually, Spring only)

Instructor
Cheshire

For beginners. Introduction and development of basic skills, particularly reading, along with presentation of the fundamental structures of ancient Greek. Requires participation in AT sessions. Meets five days a week.
[Equivalent to Greek 101 and 102, counting for two courses.]

 

GRE 201 Intermediate Greek
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 103 or placement test. (Offered annually. Fall only.)

Instructor 
Toumazou

The course is intended to develop skills acquired in GRE 103 through systematic grammar and syntax review and readings from selected Greek authors such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Plato.

GRE 213 Lyric Poetry
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. Students who have alrleady taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 313. (Not offered in 2019-2020)

Instructor
Cheshire

Greece's so-called "lyric" poems of ca. 650-450 BCE, those smaller jewels that sparkle just offstage and from under epic's shadow, including the works of Sappho, Pindar, Hipponax, Archilochus, Simonides, and Solon. 

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 218 New Testament Greek
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. Students who have already taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 318. (Not offered in 2019-2020)

Instructor
Krentz

Studying the New Testament gives students an opportunity to (1) read in the original Greek the collection of books and letters that is the most frequently read of all ancient texts today; (2) learn about the history of the Greek language as it spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean after Alexander the Great's conquests; (3) study and practice the principles of textual criticism, principles that apply to editing any ancient text, as we read a text that has a richer manuscript tradition than any Classical text, with more than 5,700 manuscripts.

This year we will begin with the book of Acts, a narrative about the spread of Christianity into the Greco-Roman world, before sampling the gospels, the letters, and the apocalyptic book of Revelation.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

 

GRE 233 Greek Drama: Euripides' Cyclops
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. 
Students who have already taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 333. (Spring 2020)

Instructor
Cheshire

We will read in Greek the extant literary accounts of the infamous one-eyed giant Polyphemus: Homer's Odyssey, Theocritus' Idyll 11, and Euripides' only surviving satyr play (Cyclops), with special attention devoted to the last. Along the way, we will consider Polyphemus' role in defining humanness, cultural identity, and morality; the forces behind his varied representation in the literature and art of antiquity and beyond; and the cultic function of the monster in an Athenian celebration of Dionysus.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 244 Greek Historians: Herodotus
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. Students who have already taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 344. (Fall 2019)

 

Instructor
Toumazou

Detailed readings of selected passages from Herodotus' Histories with interpretation and appreciation of the author's literary and narrative qualities. Readings of the rest of the Histories in English as well as of secondary literature will provide a broader understanding of Herodotus' sources, purposes, and importance.

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 266 Greek Philosophers: Plato's Gorgias
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test.
Students who have already taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 366.
(Not offered in 2019-2020)

Instructor
Toumazou

Introduction to the Platonic dialogue, with special attention devoted to the relationship between philosophy, rhetoric, poetry, and desire.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 313 Lyric Poetry
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Cheshire

Greece's so-called "lyric" poems of ca. 650-450 BCE, those smaller jewels that sparkle just offstage and from under epic's shadow, including the works of Sappho, Pindar, Hipponax, Archilochus, Simonides, and Solon. 

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 318 New Testament Greek
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. (Not offered in 2019-2020)

 

Instructor
Krentz

Studying the New Testament gives students an opportunity to (1) read in the original Greek the collection of books and letters that is the most frequently read of all ancient texts today; (2) learn about the history of the Greek language as it spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean after Alexander the Great's conquests; (3) study and practice the principles of textual criticism, principles that apply to editing any ancient text, as we read a text that has a richer manuscript tradition than any Classical text, with more than 5,700 manuscripts.

This year we will begin with the book of Acts, a narrative about the spread of Christianity into the Greco-Roman world, before sampling the gospels, the letters, and the apocalyptic book of Revelation.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 333 Greek Drama: Euripides' Cyclops
Prerequisites & Notes

Cross-listed with GRE 233.

GRE 201 or placement test. (Spring 2020)

Instructor
Cheshire

We will read in Greek the extant literary accounts of the infamous one-eyed giant Polyphemus: Homer's Odyssey, Theocritus' Idyll 11, and Euripides' only surviving satyr play (Cyclops), with special attention devoted to the last. Along the way, we will consider Polyphemus' role in defining humanness, cultural identity, and morality; the forces behind his varied representation in the literature and art of antiquity and beyond; and the cultic function of the monster in an Athenian celebration of Dionysus.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 344 Greek Historians: Herodotus
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. (Fall 2019)

 

Instructor
Toumazou

Detailed readings of selected passages from Herodotus' Histories with interpretation and appreciation of the author's literary and narrative qualities. Readings of the rest of the Histories in English as well as of secondary literature will provide a broader understanding of Herodotus' sources, purposes, and importance.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 366 Greek Philosophers: Plato's Gorgias
Prerequisites & Notes

GRE 201 or placement test. (Not offered in 2019-2020)

 

Instructor
Toumazou

Introduction to the Platonic dialogue, with special attention devoted to the relationship between philosophy, rhetoric, poetry, and desire.

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Counts towards the Classical Languages and Literature major and as an elective for the Classical Studies major.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

GRE 399 Independent Study in Greek
Prerequisites & Notes

Greek 201 or placement test and permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Staff

Readings and research on Greek texts, under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic(s) and evaluates the student's work.

GRE 499 Senior Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Writing of a thesis under the supervision of an appropriate professor. Oral defense before the entire classics faculty required. Admission by unanimous consent of the Department of Classics.