GK 324 • Herodotus
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course has two aims, both of which presume having fun while conversing with a brilliant humanist from 2500 years ago. These aims are: 1. to introduce students to the wonders of ancient history and historiography by taking a close look at the work of the 'father of history' Herodotus; 2. to increase fluency in ancient Greek through translation and grammar review. We shall pay close attention to the beauties of Greek as well as the style, intellectual background and historical, geographical and anthropological methods of Herodotus. As a secondary plus the course will introduce students to Ionic dialect, a great help in understanding Greek morphology. Homework will consist of translation (Greek to English). Students are encouraged to purchase a Greek grammar and Lexicon. Grades will be computed on the following basis: Homework and Class participation 20% Quizzes 20% Midterm 30% Final 30% Prerequisite: Greek 312K or the equivalent. Texts: George A. Sheets ed., Herodotus Book 1. Text & Commentary Commentaries Hackett Publishing http://deerwood.forest.net J. Enoch Powell ed., Herodotus Book VIII. Suggested Texts: Herbert Weir Smyth, Greek Grammar (Harvard University Press) Selected passages from other books of Herodotus in a handout booklet.