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

Summer Courses at the University of Texas at Austin

Each summer the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin offers its renowned course in Summer Intensive Greek: three semesters of Greek in 10 weeks.  The department also offers Latin at the Beginning and Intermediate levels and multiple courses in Classical Civilization
For more information contact Susan Somers
(scs@austin.utexas.edu; 512-475-9185).

SapphoIntensive Summer Greek

June 5-August 15, 2014

For forty years, UT's Intensive Summer Greek program has been giving students of diverse backgrounds and interests a rapid and deep understanding of the Greek language and a love of Greek prose and poetry.  No previous knowledge of Greek is necessary, however if you have had a semester or two before, the special approach taken in this course will strengthen your grasp of how the language works and why it is so subtle a vehicle for expression.  Students in many other subjects find that Greek also enriches their study of those fields.
 
The language saturation approach taken in the course consistently achieves an enthusiasm that promotes an unusually rich learning experience.  We use our own textbook and reader: Lexis, designed by the late Gareth Morgan, former UT Professor of Classics.  All of its exercises are based on extended passages of unaltered classical Greek.  In the first segment of the course (GK W804), readings drawn from Herodotus make you alert to word formation, which enables you to build vocabulary swiftly.  His Ionic dialect, which is the backbone to earlier poetry and later Greek alike, prepares you to move easily backward to Homeric poetry and forward to Attic authors and Biblical Greek.  In the second half of the course (GK W412), along with ample grammar review, we read Book 9 of Homer's Odyssey, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and some supplementary readings.
 
The course runs through both summer sessions, meeting five hours a day for ten weeks.  Students register for both GK W804 and W412; satisfactory completion of the sequence counts for 12 semester credit hours.  Successful students are well prepared to continue on to intermediate level classes (GK 311 at UT), and dedicated students are often able to advance directly to higher levels (such as GK 324 and 328 at UT).  

Testimonials from alumni

For information on the content of this course, contact Professor Lesley Dean-Jones.

Latin

First Session:

  • LAT 506: Beginning Latin I
  • LAT 311: Intermediate Latin I (Caesar)

Second Session:

  • LAT 507: Beginning Latin II
  • LAT 312K: Intermediate Latin II (Vergil's Aeneid)

Classical Civilization

First Session:

  • C C 302: Introduction to Ancient Rome
  • C C 303: Introduction to Classical Mythology
  • C C 348: Ancient Egypt

Second Session:

  • C C 301: Introduction to Ancient Greece
  • C C 306M: Introduction to Medical and Scientific Terminology
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