Greek Language and Literature

Fall 2018 Courses

CLGR 10001 01/60001

Beginning Greek I

Prof. T. Mazurek

MW 11:00-12:15 and F 11:30-12:20, 4 credit hours

Prerequisite for CLGR 10002:  CLGR 10001

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Greeks for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Greek texts. An appreciation for ancient Greek culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion. CLGR 10001 is offered each fall semester and CLGR 10002 is offered each spring semester.

 

CLGR 20003 01/60003

Intermediate Greek

Prof. A. Pistone

MWF 10:30-11:20, 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CLGR 10002, CLGR 10111 or equivalent

This second-year language course builds on the work of Beginning Greek I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Greek authors such as Homer and Plato. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Greek literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the rich literature of the ancient Greeks. Offered each fall semester.

 

CLGR 60050/30050

Greek Texts in the Roman and Judeo-Christian Worlds

Prof. A. Tagliabue

TR 2:00-3:15, 3 credit hours

This course offers readings in a wide variety of Greek texts from the Hellenistic and Roman imperial periods. It is designed to build upon Intermediate Greek, further improving students' knowledge of Greek vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. After completing this course students will have reached an advanced level of reading proficiency in ancient Greek. Authors to be read include, among others, Philo, Josephus, Plutarch, Pausanias, Lucian, Dio Chrysostom, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Eusebius, Julian, and Libanius. Books of the Septuagint and the New Testament may also be read. The aim of the course is to show students the literary culture in which Judeo-Christian literature developed and of which it came to form a part. This course may fulfill the Greek requirement for graduate students in Theology. Please consult your advisor. 

 

CLGR 40118/60118 (Cross-listed MI 60006 and THEO 60030)

Greek Paleography

Prof. D. Gura

MW 9:30-10:45, 3 credits

This course is an introduction to Greek paleography and provides an overview of uncial and minuscule scripts used in papyri, manuscript books, and the early imprints. Students will develop the skills necessary to read, transcribe, and contextualize Greek manuscripts. Areas include: letter forms, abbreviations, ligatures, dating, localization, formal vs. informal hands, scriptoria, and individual scribes. Emphasis is placed on manuscripts and scripts from Late Antiquity through the Byzantine period and Italian Renaissance. Students will work with Notre Dame?s small but illustrative collection of papyri, Byzantine manuscripts, and Greek imprints. Intermediate knowledge of Greek is required.

 

CLGR 40520 01/60520

Greek Survey II: Greek Literature in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods

Prof. C. Baron

MW 11:00-12:15, 3 credit hours

This survey of Greek literature in the Hellenistic and Roman periods traces the development of the major genres and literary movements in “post-Classical” Greek. We shall read in Greek selections from the Alexandrian poets, Greek historians of Rome, authors of the Second Sophistic, and orators of the Late Roman Empire. Additional readings will include other Greek literary works and a sampling of the most important modern studies. This course will also introduce students to scholarly interpretation and methods in the literary and cultural criticism of Greek literature.

Spring 2018 Courses

CLGR 10002/60002 01

Beginning Greek II

Prof. A. Pistone

MW 12:30-1:45

Also meets F 12:50-1:40

4 credits

Prerequisite:  CLGR 10001/60001

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Greeks for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Greek texts. An appreciation for ancient Greek culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion. CLGR 10001 is offered each fall semester and CLGR 10002 is offered each spring semester.

 

CLGR 20004/60004

Reading and Writing Greek Prose

Prof. C. Baron

TR 11:00-12:15

3 credits

Recommended for students who have completed CLGR 20003 or equivalent.

This fourth-semester language course continues the review of grammar and translating of texts begun in CLGR 20003. It introduces students to stylistic analysis through close readings of excerpts from a variety of Ancient Greek authors (mostly in prose). Knowledge of syntax will be reinforced by composing sentences and larger units in Greek.

CLGR 30011/60011

Homer and Epic Hexameter

Prof. Aldo Tagliabue

MW 2:00-3:15

3 credits

Recommended for students who have completed CLGR 20003 or equivalent.

This third-year course builds on CLGR 20003 and CLGR 20004 by offering a close reading of the earliest Greek epic poetry. Homer’s epic poems stand at the head of the tradition of European literature; their themes and poetic style have substantially influenced the works of Vergil, Dante, Milton, and many other writers. The focus of this year’s class will be the so-called Apologoi, Odysseus’ narration of his own journey at Alcinous’ court (books 9-12). By focusing on the Apologoi, we will be able to read and hear the first ever produced account of fiction in the Western tradition. Odysseus’ account will be discussed in its cultural context and read as a narrative filled with suspense and surprise; features of poetic oral composition will additionally be examined. Finally, measurable attention will be given to later interpretations of Odysseus’ journey within ancient Greek and Latin literature, with a focus on Polyphemus and the Sirens. If you’d like to be bewitched by Odysseus’ cunning voice, in the same way that Alcinous and many other ancient Greeks afterwards were bewitched, this is the class for you.