Basic Program in Greek
The first six weeks of the Greek program are spent in mastering the forms and syntax of the language while reading relatively simple selections of unadapted prose and poetry. In the last four weeks, students study major authors and genres ranging from the Archaic through the Hellenistic periods. The literature segment is divided into required and elective offerings.
Required of all students.
- Attic Prose: Plato - A close translation and examination of the syntax, style, and rhetoric of Plato's Ion.
- Survey of Greek Prose and Poetry - Representative selections of Greek prose and poetry of the archaic and classical periods will be studied with emphasis on rhetoric, metrics, the development of style, and dialectical differences.
- Greek Tragedy: Euripides - Extensive selections from Euripides' Medea are read with a view toward an appreciation of Euripides' style, rhetoric, meter, and poetic technique.
- Greek Prose Composition - Simple and compex English sentences are translated into Greek with a threefold purpose, 1) to review basic rules of syntax, 2) to expand knowledge of Greek syntax by applying basic rules previously learned to more intricate constructions and 3) to call attention to matters of word order, style, and prose rhythm in order to create a sensitive response to the art of Greek prose.
Greek Institute Electives
Each student will choose one two-week mini-course (18 class hours). A minimum of three of the following will be offered.
- Greek Epic - Homer
- Greek Historiography - Thucydides
- Greek Philosophy - Aristotle
- New Testament Greek - Selections from one of the Gospels