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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Summer 2009

GK w804 • Intensive First-Year Greek

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
82095 MTWThF
MTWThF
8:30 AM-11:00 AM
12:00 PM-2:30 PM
WAG 10
WAG 10
Dean-Jones/Palaima

Course Description

YOU MUST ENROLL IN BOTH GK w804 AND GK w412. For thirty-three years, Intensive Summer Greek at UT Austin has been giving students of diverse backgrounds and interests a rapid and deep understanding of the structure of the Greek language and a love of Greek prose and poetry. You need have no previous knowledge of Greek. If you have had a semester or two or more, the special approach in this course will strengthen your grasp of how Greek works and why it is so subtle a vehicle for conveying ideas. You will use *Lexis*, a unique textbook and reader designed by the late Gareth Morgan. All of its exercises are based on full passages of real, unaltered and unabbreviated Classical Greek. First readings of Ionic Greek will make you aware of word formation, and that knowledge will enable you to acquire vocabulary quickly. Ionic Greek also is a main component of the Homeric dialect. Once you learn it, you can move easily forward to standard Attic authors and Biblical Greek and backward to Greek epic verse. You will not read one dreary practice sentence made up in clever desperation or desperate ingenuity. By the sixth day, you will be reading continuous pure Herodotus. All students who successfully complete the course will be well prepared for sophomore level classes and dedicated students from past intensive courses have been able to go into classes at higher levels. Students of other subjects have used Greek right away to enrich and inform their studies. Students must register for both GK W804 and W412. The course runs through both summer sessions. It meets for five hours each day for about fifty class days, and, if satisfactorily completed, counts for 12 semester hours. Classes working under these language-saturation conditions have achieved an enthusiasm and spirit conducive to an unusually rich learning experience. Usually, in the second half, besides ample grammar review, we read Homer's Odyssey IX, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and some supplementary readings handed out in class. Professors Dean-Jones and Palaima are veterans at teaching Greek according to the Lexis method. Teaching assistants are chosen for their excellence at Greek and their skills as instructors. Outside of class we have informal play and poetry readings. Come join us.

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