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

Summer 2003

GK w804 • Intensive First-Year Greek

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83020 MTWThF
8:30 AM-11:00 AM
12:00 PM-2:30 PM
WAG 10
WAG 10

Course Description

For over twenty 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 uncontracted 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. Dedicated students from past intensive courses have been able to go into classes at junior, senior, and (in rare cases) even graduate level. 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, Odyssey IX, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and some supplementary readings handed out in class. The main instructors Palaima and Cook are passionate about Greek and devoted to your learning it. Palaima is a Macarthur fellow and an expert in Mycenaean Greek. He has taught Greek at all levels for over twenty years. Cook is an expert on Homeric epic. He has published one book on the Odyssey for specialists and is currently writing a student introduction to the poem and another book on Archaic Greek History. He has taught summer intensive Greek over half a dozen times at UT and Berkeley. 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.


Gareth Morgan, Lexis (Handout) Abbott & Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar H. Liddell and R. Scott, An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon Euripides. Elliott, tr. Euripides: Medea Homer. Muir, ed. Homer's Odyssey IX Plato. Helm tr. Apology John E. Hare, Plato, Euthyphro  duplicated texts for reference and reading help, for sale at Abel's Copies, University Towers 715D West 23rd Street 472-5353.


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