GK 390 • Plato and Greek Prose
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The main aim of this course is to improve your facility in reading classical Greek. Most of our time and effort will be devoted to reading and translating with accuracy, precision, and increasing velocity a representative selection of texts in classical Attic prose: most of Plato's Gorgias, and a series of speeches by Antiphon, Demosthenes, Gorgias, Isocrates, Lysias, Thucydides, and an anonymous "Hippocratic" writer. Lending this array of texts a thematic unity is the leading role played by rhetoric: both the social practice of public speaking in general and the intellectual discipline of oratorical techniques in particular. Classes will be devoted mainly to translating assigned readings. Some sessions will include discussion of essential points of syntax and style: moods, participles, particles, and the like. There will be occasional exercises and two translation tests along the way, and a final exam (comprehensive and also unseen passages, aka sight translation) - but no research paper.
exercises and tests 50%, final exam 40%, and daily preparation, performance, and progress the remainder.