Introduction to Ancient Greek (Greek 2)
Spring 2015, TTh 1230-150 AB 343
Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics, 327 Anderson Hall,
1-3672, Office hours: TTh 11-12 and MWF 11:15-12

Course web site:
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updated 27 April 2014

Texts: An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach (Second Edition)
by C. A. E. Luschnig 978-0-87220-889-6 (at TUB under "Greek"; there is an e-edition available)

Lysias, On the Murder of Eratosthenes. PDF at Blackboard or purchase at Amazon

Overview: We will finish Ancient Greek Alive, which focuses on completing the verb system and the more irregular aspects of the third declension, as well as more complex sentence structures. If all goes according to schedule, we will spend the last month of the term reading real, unadapted Greek (Plato, Lysias, et al.).


  • 3 tests on grammar and syntax 33%
  • 11 weekly vocabulary quizzes: 33%
  • Final exam: 14%
  • Homework: 10% (pass-fail, scored as a percentage of completed assignnments)
  • Daily work: 10% (includes attendance and participation).

If you miss a quiz or test without notifying me in advance with justification, you may not make up the assignment.
Note that I will weigh the second half of the course more heavily than the first if you show real improvement as the semester progresses.

Web help: Drills can be found here:^Eton^intro

How to Study:

  1. Make sure there are as few distractions as possible (chatty roommates, ESPN, music)
  2. Review the reading and grammar we covered during the previous class meeting. If you find something does not make sense, make a note of it and ask questions during the next class meeting
  3. Do whatever formal homework assignment I have given
  4. Read ahead in the narrative. Do not worry if the reading seems confusing, but try to make notes about what, exactly, is confusing you
  5. Working outside of class with other students really helps. Traditionally, students have gathered across from the elevators on the third floor of Anderson, or on the couches in the Classics module (Anderson 321)

Schedule: (Subject to modifications)


Week Lessons Grammar
Jan 13-15 8 Participles
Jan 20-22 8 Pronouns
Jan 27-29 9 Perfect active tense
Feb 3-5 9 Pronouns; perfect middle-passive
Feb 10-12 10 Comparison
Feb 17-19 10 Aorist and future passive
Feb 24-26 11 Contract verbs
Mar 3-5 break  
Mar 10-12 12 MI-verbs
Mar 17-19 12 Special (root) aorists
Mar 24-26 13 Subjunctive mood
Mar 31-April 2 13 Optative mood
Apr 7-9 14 Imperative mood
Apr 14-16 Lysias  
Apri 21-23 Lysias  
May xx Final exam review sessions can be scheduled


Important dates:

  • Monday, x February: last day to drop a class
  • Tuesday, z March: last day to withdraw from a class

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