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

Spring 2010

GK 312K • GREEK 312K: Homer’s Odyssey

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32715 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 208

Course Description

The Odyssey is in just about everybody's top ten of world literature, not in the least because it’s simply so enjoyable and entertaining. It is a privilege to read this work in Greek and we’ll make the most of that opportunity. We’ll begin at the beginning, reading selections from various books, esp. 1, 5, 9, 11, 13, and 22-24. I recommend that you read the entire Odyssey as soon as possible (as over the semester break) in any English translation, e.g. Fitzgerald, Lombardo, or Fagles. We’ll review the peculiarities of Homeric grammar and vocabulary as we go along. There will be some unannounced vocab and grammar quizzes and four one-hour tests consisting of translation and discussion of content. There’ll be no final, except by demand. Each of you will also give a short report (which will count under "class participation") on a Homeric or cultural issue (ranging from the lost letter digamma to adaptations of Ulysses in modern American culture, e.g. O Brother Where Art Thou?). In addition, extra credit will be given for memorizing 50 verses or more (yes you can). Texts: W. B. Stanford, Homer: Odyssey 1-12 and Homer: Odyssey 13-24 (Duckworth) R.J. Cunliffe, Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect (Univ. of Oklahoma Press). The course grade will be comprised of the following: four 1-hr. tests - 40%; quizzes - 25%; quality of class participation - 35%. I welcome suggestions on test formats, class topics, and the like. It’s your class and mine.


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