GK 506 • First-Year Greek I
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Learning Classical Greek will enable you to read directly the recorded thoughts of the earliest western philosophers, playwrights, comedians, orators, poets, politicians, and even the records of economic managers and private citizens from the 14th century B.C. onward. Classical Greek is also the basis for Biblical Greek, so this course will prepare you to read the Greek versions of the Old and New Testament. The textbook contains selected texts from the New Testament and a broad range of Classical authors. It is impossible to learn a subtle, flexible and beautiful language like Greek without regular, attentive work. I know by experience that it is impossible to learn a language by cramming, since each day's work builds toward the next. Therefore, daily attendance is a must. There will be short, but important assignments on an average of 3-4 nights a week to be handed in the following day. These will be concentrate on forms, grammar and vocabulary and will be graded carefully. This work will help you to master the fundamentals and will allow me to see how each one of you is progressing. There will also be periodic quizzes (longer and shorter) as we reach appropriate review points during the semester. These I shall try to announce at least 2 days in advance. It should be obvious that learning of a language is cumulative, so that while quizzes and homework assignments will generally focus on the material at hand, these and the examinations will require that you have learned and retained material covered previously. Our aim is to be able to read simple straightforward passages of Greek by the end of thesemester. Crosby and Schaeffer, An Introduction to Greek + a handout booklet.