GK 385 • Plato and Greek Prose
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The primary aim of this course is to improve the student's facility in reading Greek prose. We will begin by reading the Protagoras of Plato, the form of Greek prose with which students will probably be most familiar. This will consolidate students' knowledge of classical Attic syntax and morphology. We will then read selections of authors whose Greek may not be quite so familiar: Thucydides, Aristotle and some Hippocratics. Because of time constraints we will not be able, obviously, to discuss fully the content in any of these authors. For the first few meetings I will set only as much text as I think we can go over in a class period. After this, however, I will set more text than we can cover (in increasingly longer amounts over the semester) and will select only a portion of the assignment for translation in class. Students will not be allowed to read from a written translation. I will begin each class by going over specific questions students have from the reading. If anything remains unclear to you after the class session come and see me in my office hours. Although elegance in translation is always a plus, it is not what I am looking for in this course. I want to see that you understand the Greek construction, not just its purport. If you feel you can only render the meaning of the Greek by a free English translation (which is sometimes the case), put the literal translation in brackets. The student's grade will be based on 3 quizzes (10%, 15%, 20%) on which there will be a passage taken from the Greek we have read since the last quiz for translation and comment, and an unseen passage for translation only; a cumulative final consisting of passages from all the Greek we have read and an unseen (40%), and a Platonic dialogue or part of a dialogue of your individual choice (roughly 20 OCT pages, these may be taken from the reading list) to be read by yourself outside of class and which will be tested whenever you are ready as long as it is before the final (15%). Required: Platonis Opera III, ed. J. Burnet, Oxford Classical Texts (1899). Greek Prose Selections course packet from Speedway Recommended: Greek Grammar, H.W. Smyth, Harvard University Press (1956). The Greek Particles, J.D. Denniston, Oxford University Press (1950).