GK 390 • Seminar in Classical Studies
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
The main aim of this course is to improve your facility in reading Greek prose. Most of our time and effort will be devoted to translating with accuracy, precision, and increasing velocity substantial portions of Plato's Politeia (aka Republic): first the distinctly "Socratic dialogue" of Book 1, then the highly rhetorical opening of Book 2, parts of the central discussion of philosophers in Books 5-7, including the allegory of the cave, and much of Book 10, including the culimating myth of Er. Students will also be responsible for reading additional books or other dialogues of their choice independently. Our time in class will be spent mainly in translating Plato's prose. Some sessions will also include lectures on essential points of syntax and style: moods, participles, particles, and the like. There will be occasional exercises and quizzes, and a final exam covering assigned readings in the Republic, each student's independent reading, and unseen passages from the Platonic corpus (i.e. sight translation).
No research paper is required. Exercises and quizzes will account for 40% of the grade, the exam for 30%, and daily preparation and performance the remainder.
Plato, Platonis Opera v. 4 (OCT, ed. Burnet or Slings) Recommended: H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar (Harvard) Optional: J.D. Denniston, The Greek Particles (Hackett)