GREEK 471 - Imperial Greek
Section: 001 Plutarch
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Greek (GREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
GREEK 402.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is a close reading in Greek of Plutarch’s Life of Antony. Daily assignments will begin with two and a half Teubner pages of Imperial Greek per class, but subsequently the pace will increase to about four pages per class by the fourth week of term (Th 1/31/7). The primary purpose is to increase reading pace and improve translation skills. Students shall, therefore, pay close attention to the syntactical and rhetorical structure of Plutarch’s prose with the twofold goal of reviewing the grammar and appreciating the Life of Antony as a literary work. Plutarch’s Lives are generally approached as historical sources and accordingly exploited by the historian as the hunting ground for the ‘naked’ facts. The Life of Antony will be our test case for appreciating the biography as a literary genre and for engaging in a circumspect investigation of biography as history. The course will conclude by reviewing excerpts from Plutarch’s treatise on Isis and Osiris in connection with Plutarch’s characterization of Antony and Cleopatra, who in life and death became associated with the two Egyptian deities. The prerequisite for enrollment is the attainment of 5th semester competency in Greek, or the permission of the instructor.

NB: There will be no class on Thursday 1/3. The first class meeting will be on Tuesday 1/8. The assignment due on Tuesday 1/8 is Plutarch’s Life of Antony in English translation. The syllabus and other information will be made available on C-Tools before Tuesday 1/8. Any questions or concerns should be addressed directly to the instructor: Dr Paolo Asso,

GREEK 471 - Imperial Greek
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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