Greek Language and Literature

Spring 2017 Courses

CLGR 10002/60002 01

Beginning Greek II

Prof. S. Oswald

MW 12:30 - 1:45 and 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 30016/60016

Greek Historical Writing (Herodotus)

Prof. C. Baron

TR 12:30 - 1:45, 3 credits

Recommended for students who have completed CLGR 20003 or equivalent

This third-year course builds on the work of CLGR 20003 and CLGR 20004 and offers close reading of passages from the Greek historians of the Classical era:  Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon.  The works of the historians are a major source for our knowledge of classical Greek history, in terms of both political/military narrative and social and cultural life.  The development of the genre of history is examined in its literary and intellectual context, and its relationship to other modes of remembering the past (such as epic poetry) is discussed.  Attention is also given to the development of prose style and the unique syntactical and dialectical features of the individual historians.

 

Fall 2016 Courses

CLGR 10001-10002

Beginning Greek I and Beginning Greek II

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. C. Baron

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 30053/60053

Sophocles
Prof. C. Schlegel

3 credit hours

This advanced course offers accelerated reading and detailed study of the tragic plays of Sophocles, the second of classical Athens’ great trio of tragedians.  The course concentrates on Sophocles’ refinement of the model of tragedy developed by Aeschylus, and examines the ways in which his plays established a paradigm for Aristotle’s treatment of tragedy in the Poetics.  Other topics studied include Sophocles’ abiding metaphors of blindness and knowledge and their relationship to the mythical tradition and contemporary philosophical debates.

CLGR 40520 01/60520

Greek Survey II: Greek Literature in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods
Prof. C. Baron

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.