GK 324 • Attic Prose & Athenian Society
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course provides an intermediate level Greek course for students who have taken the sequence in Attic Greek through GK 312K, or the equivalent. We will read two texts: The Old Oligarch (aka Pseudo-Xenophon), Constitution of the Athenians, and Isaeus, On the Estate of Philoctemon, with close attention to language, style, and historical context. While a good portion of our time in class will be devoted to translation of the Greek, we will also consider these two texts as sources for Athenian social history during the late 5th and early 4th centuries B.C. Both The Old Oligarch (identity unknown), a right-wing critic of the Athenian democracy, and Isaeus, a professional speech-writer or logographer, wrote in what the ancient literary critics described as an old-fashioned style. Their texts provide unparalleled and often astonishing views of Athenian society. Course requirements include regular attendance and participation in class, two midterms, a final exam, and a short paper (6-8 pp.).
Required Deborah Kamen (ed.), Isaeus Orations 2 and 6 (Bryn Mawr Commentaries) Mark Joyal (ed.), Xenophon Constitution of the Athenians (Bryn Mawr Commentaries) Recommended Liddell & Scott Intermediate Greek Lexicon or "El Grande" H. W. Smyth, Greek Grammar