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COURSE NAME: "Elementary Greek I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Govero
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30 PM 5:45 PM

This course is a first introduction to the study of the Ancient Greek language. It is designed to equip the student with the basics (grammar, vocabulary, syntax) of Ancient Greek in its most widely known form, that of the dialect of classical Athens. The aim of this course is to give a thorough introduction and preparation for reading original texts written by Homer Aesop, Menander, Xenophon Plato, Biblical Greek and other works from Hellenistic and later Greek. No knowledge of Greek is assumed.

This course in elementary (Attic) Greek will include the following Greek accidence and syntax:

.  The Greek alphabet:  pronunciation.  Practice session.

.  Introduction to Indo-European languages and linguistics.

.  Interrogatives, indicative present, imperfect, future, and aorist of verbs.

.  First, second and third declension of adjectives.

.  Demoonstrative pronouns

.  Short readings of sentences and paragraphs in Greek


At the conclusion of the course students should:

.  Have mastered the above grammatical and syntactical forms.

.  Be able to read simple sentences and paragraphs.

.  Be knowledgeable of the broad outlines of the developments in the Greek language.


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Greek to CCSE 1John TaylorBloomsbury978-1-47425516-5 Almost Corner

Frequent Quizzes (10) 50%
Homework and preparation of lessons 30%
Class participation 20%

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SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
Mon. Jan 18The Greek alphabet. Introduction to Indo-European languages and linguistics. Organization of the course. Review of syllabus.Taylor: Chapter 1, pp. 1-6Article: Mary Norris, "To the Letter: the pleasures of the Greek alphabet". A. Marcolongo, The Ingenious Language. Chapter 1, "Greek and Us: A History" 
Wed. Jan. 20Continued practice of Greek alphabet Questions and answers; The verb: present tense Review of articlesTaylor: page 8ff  
Monday, Jan. 25Verb practice, sentences.    
Wed. Jan. 20Taylor: Nouns of first and second declensions, nominative and accusative Practice sentences.  Monday, Jan. 25
Monday: Jan. 25Nouns: Practice session; the definite articles. Quiz 1 Reading sentences VocabularyTaylor: pp. 11- 13  
Wed. Jan. 27Review and correction of exercises. Word order, negatives, prepositions.Taylor: pp. 13 - 14 Mon. Feb. 1: Quiz 2
Mon. Feb,. 1Quiz 3 (Chapter 1) Practice sentences. Taylor, Chapter 1, pp. 14 / 17  
Wed. Feb,. 3 Chapter 2: Nouns (first & second declensions: nom. and accusative plurals. The verb "to be" (present tense)Taylor, Chapter 2, pp. 18 - 22  
Mon. Feb. 8Chapter 2: Connecting words. First declension feminine nouns: variant pattern. Translation of the definite article. Practice sentencesTaylor: Chapter 2: pp. 23 - 26  
Wed. Feb. 10Chapter 2: Expressing time. Practice sentencesTaylor, Chapter 2, page 27 Friday, Feb. 12: Chapter 2 Quiz 3
Friday, Feb. 12 (Make-up day)Quiz 3. Second declension neuter nouns.   
Monday, Feb. 15Chapter 3: Nouns (first and second declensions.) all cases. Practice sentences.Taylor: p. 33  
Wed. Feb. 17Chapter 3: Prepositions, Sandwich construction, Imperatives. Practice sentencesTaylor: Chapter 3, pp. 34 - 38  
Monday, Feb. 22Chapter 3: Adverbs. Cases taken by verbs, Infinitive. Practice sentencesReading Greek 3 Wed. Feb. 24 Quiz 4
Wed. Feb. 24Quiz 4. Adjectives, Adverbs, Particles. Taylor: pp. 41- 44  
Mon., March 1Reading Greek selections.   
Wed, March 3The Aorist of the verb. Chapter 4, page 69   
Mon - Sunday, March 8 - 12 Spring Break Reading and Translation Assignment: TBD  
Mon. March 15Review of readings and translations, Chapter 4: Gender and Declension, pp. 75 - 79  Quiz 5: Mon. March 22
Wed. March 17Revision overview. Compound verbs. Reading   
Monday, March 22Quiz 5. Chapter 5, Third Declension Nouns. page 90   
Mon. March 29Elision, Uses of tis. Readings.   
Wed. March 31Reading Greek, "The Cyclops"   
Mon. April 5 Chapter 4: Readings, "The Cyclops" Cases taken by prepositions   
Wed, April 7Person Pronouns and adjectives (first and second person plural) Reading: Cyclops (con't)Taylor, pp. 107 - 109  
Mon. April 12Present Participles (1)  Quiz 6, Mon. April 19
Wed. April 14Present Participle (con't) Exercises   
Mon. April 19Quiz 6 Readings: Alexander Taylor: pp. 121 - 126  
Wed. April 21 (Birthday of Rome - 2774 years)More uses of the definite articleTaylor: pp. 126 - 128  
Mon. April 26Greek Readings. The uses of autos   
Wed. April 28 (Last Class)The uses of autos. Greek readings.  Final exam: TBA
Wed. April 28 (Last class)Greek readings  Final exam: TBA