Online Intensive Ancient Greek (Greek 1003)

Summer 2014: May 19-August 16
Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics, 327 Anderson Hall,
1-3672, robin@temple.edu. Office hours: TBA
Subject web site: http://www.temple.edu/classics/greek/

Registration Information

updated 16 April 2014

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

The following information is currently under development and will be updated regularly.

Overview: This course aims to introduce you to the language of the ancient Greeks. By the end of the summer, you will be reading actual ancient Greek texts!! That is, you will if you survive! This course will be hard, but it will also be extremely rewarding. No matter how clever you are, learning Greek will take a fair amount of time. You should not take this course unless you are willing and able to spend some time on Greek every day, for this time will be the single most important factor in your level of success. I will give you as much help as you want or need. By the end of this term you will be ready for a normal third-semester Greek course, in which you will be rewarded for all of your hard work with some of the best texts ever written!

Approach: Students will work at their own pace, within the range of the schedule, using the exercises on Blackboard, emailing homework to the instructor, and supplemented by weekly video conferences, individually or in small groups. Students who are in Philadelphia may also schedule time to work in person with the teacher. There will be a bi-weekly test and a final, all online in Blackboard.

Grades:

  • Completion of courseware work for each lesson in a timely fashion: 50%
  • 5 Tests: 40%
  • Final: 10%

 

Starting out: I STRONGLY urge to you consult a new interactive web site (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/greek/index.html) for learning the Greek alphabet and the basic principles of the Greek language. For now, learn the lower case letters, since these are the ones you will see the most. The single biggest obstacle most students face as they begin is the alphabet, so if you get used to it quickly, the rest will be much easier. The single biggest obstacle most students face as they begin is the alphabet, so if you get used to it quickly, the rest will be much easier. Check out this guide for writing Greek letters.

 

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. 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)
  5. Don't wear your phone or mp3 player while studying. No, it doesn't help you relax and therefore study better. It merely distracts part of your brain.


Schedule: (Subject to modifications)

Exciting news!! We will be reading brief sentences of real Greek during Week, 1 a section of Plato's Meno in Week 4, some Euripides in Week 5, selections from Apollodorus' Library of Greek Mythology in Week 7, and parts of Plato's Apology of Socrates starting in Week 8, and more!!

Week Lesson Main topics
May 19 Introduction and Lesson 1 The Alphabet; accents; present tense of active and middle thematic verbs; first and declension nouns
May 26 Lesson 2 Imperfect tense; adjectives
June 2 Lesson 3 Future tense; more on the first declension
June 9 Lesson 4 The aorist tense; indirect statement
June 16 Lessons 5-6

Third declension nouns; Third declension adjectives; irregular adjectives

June 23 Lesson 7 Participles
June 30 Lesson 8 (no video-conferencing during the week) Pronouns; perfect active tense
July 7 Lesson 9 Pronouns; ; perfect middle-passive
July 14 Lesson 10 Comparison; aorist and future passive
July 21 Lesson 11 Contract verbs
July 28 Lesson 12 MI-verbs
August 4 Lesson 13 Subjunctive mood; optative mood
August 11 Lesson 14 Imperative mood
August 16-18 Final exam  

 

 

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. Working outside of class with other students really helps. I can facilitate that online.
  5. Don't have your phone near you while studying. No, it doesn't help you relax and therefore study better. It merely distracts part of your brain.


Disability disclosure statement: Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

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