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COURSE NAME: "Elementary Greek II"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Danica Pusic
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00-11:15 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: GRK 101 or permission of the instructor

After a brief review of key grammar and morphology from Greek 101, the course will complete the process of providing students with a sufficient grasp of Greek vocabulary, morphology and syntax to enable them to read unadapted passages from ancient Greek authors (with the aid of a lexicon) by the end of the course. There will be short readings of selections from Aesop, Lucian and Greek epigrams. 


The textbook we will use provides comprehensive treatment of the Ancient Greek noun and verb and thorough lessons in the rules of grammar and syntax. During the classes students will learn the basics of the language and will immediately practice new morphology and syntax with familiar words: drills and hand-outs will guarantee a step-by-step, noticeable progress.

There will be many exercises in reading and comprehension of simple and moderate passages. During each lesson new words and inflections will be introduced; those should be memorized. All the declensions and many of verb features will be thoroughly explained and used in translations of passages by Menander (comedy), Plutarch (historiography), Aesop (fables), Xenophon (historiography), from Greek to English.

This course is an intensive introduction to learning the Greek language as such.  This is NOT a historical survey course or a language in translation course. While a brief review of English grammar is foreseen, students must have a comprehension of said grammar appropriate to an undergraduate university level, particularly with regard to Greek, including: 

1) Good knowledge of all 3 declensions of nouns;
2) Good knowledge of  adjectives from 1st and 2nd declension;
3) Good knowledge of all tenses in indicative and imperative moods, active voice; verb "to be"; infinitives active;
4) Basic vocabulary of at least 100 words.

This course is designed to provide the students with the elements of the structure of Ancient Greek and with the knowledge of its basic vocabulary in preparation for reading texts in the original language. By the end of this course, students who successfully complete it will have learned:  

1) Pronouns;
2) Medio-passive;
3) Subjunctive;
4) Participles;
5) To demonstrate knowledge of basic Greek vocabulary, grammar, morphology and syntax;
6) To read and translate simple sentences, narratives, and dialogues in adapted or annotated Greek texts.

Greek, like other languages, is made of words (lexicon) and structure (syntax) or how the words are put together and arranged.  In other words, Greek is an inflected language (word endings) unlike English that is based on word order.  Therefore, the study of Greek will be useful both as an introduction to another form of language structure as well as a preparation for modern languages that use similar structures (e.g. German, Greek, Russian). 

GRK 102 will allow you to move to a 200+ level course at John Cabot University or another institution.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Athenaze, Book I: An Introduction to Ancient GreekM. Balme, G. Lawall, J. MorwoodOxford University Press978-0190607661   

Frequent quizzes 25%
Preparation and in-class review of exercises, participation and attendance 25%
Midterm exam 25%
Final exam 25%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


Regular attendance is expected.  More than one absence will not allow you to keep the track with the many new features taught during every session. Regular participation is a main prerequisite for gaining understanding of newly presented grammatical issues.

Everyone should take responsibility for each absence which can occur only in serious occasions. An extra written assignment is programmed for more than two absences. 

As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Week  Textbook

1.         General review of grammar and syntax of Greek 101.

             Reading of a selected passage.

2.         Passive voice:                                                                          Unit 5: 43 - 1, 2, 6, 10

            present, imperfect, aorist and future indicative (lÚw type).

            Irregular nouns: gunή, naàς, ZeÚς, Ûdwr

3.         Comparison of regular adjectives                                             Unit 17: 131 - 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

            and case semantics.

            Passive perfect and pluperfect (lÚw type).                              Unit 5: 43 - 11, 12

4.         Review and quiz.

            Indicative middle.                                                                    Unit 7: 57 - 1, 2

5.         Personal pronouns.                                                                  Unit 15: 118

            The adjective/pronoun aÙtÒς, aÙtή, aÙtÒ.                          Unit 17: 96

6.         Review and quiz.

            Reading: various selections.

7.         Contracted verbs in

            indicative, infinitives, active and passive.                 Unit 9: 72, 73 – 1, 2, 6, 74 – 1, 2, 6

            Adjectives: ¹dÚς type.                                                           Unit 17: 130

            Midterm exam.

8.         Adjectives of mšgaς, polÚς types and other exceptions.     Unit 17: 129

            Selected readings.

9.         Consonant stem verbs:

            perfect, aorist and future passive tenses.                                Unit 5: 14 – 1, 3

            Selected readings.

10.       Review and quiz.

            Further comparison of adjectives.

            Formation and comparison of adverbs.                                  Unit 7: 64.

            Selected readings.

11.       Use of pronouns, reflexive pronouns.                                     Unit 15: 119, 120.

            Participles: active.                                                                  Unit 8: 65, 66

            Participles: middle and passive.                                              Unit 8: 67

12.       Relative pronoun.                                                                   Unit 6: 49

            Interrogative pronoun.                                                            Unit 15: 112

            Indefinite pronoun.                                                                 Unit 15: 113

13.       Genitive absolute.                                                                   Unit 11: 98

            Optative mood.                                                            Unit 2: 18 – 4; Unit 3: 33, 34

            Selected readings.

14.       General review.

15.       Final exam.