GREEK 401 - Readings in Classical Greek Prose
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Greek (GREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
GREEK 302.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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This course is intended for students who have done two years of Greek (the 301-302 series or the equivalent in Koine Greek). We will be reading, in the original Greek, selected speeches by the Athenian orator Lysias, which are generally regarded as among the finest models of Attic Greek prose (as well as not too difficult). Lysias was the son of a wealthy Syracusan arms-manufacturer. After the coup d'état at the end of Peloponnesian War that overthrew the democracy the new regime wanted his money, and murdered his brother to obtain it. Among the speeches that have come down to us is the one in which he accuses a certain Eratosthenes of the murder, and unmasks the evil deeds of the previous regime. We will also look at a case about the cutting down of a sacred olive-tree, another in which the son of the prominent politician was charged with draft-dodging, and a third against a man who was accused of being unfit to hold public office. All court-cases in Athens depended on the eloquence with which you could argue your case. Come see how the Athenians did it, with the help of the most skilled speech-writer of the time. Since Lysias knew that he had to persuade as many jurors as possible, he wrote so clearly that even the dumbest of the jurors could always understand him. Along the way, we will get a fascinating insight into life and law at a critical time in the history of classical Athens and its democracy. We will be using the edition by Christopher Carey in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Texts series (ISBN 0-521-26435-9), which is designed for people at your stage in learning Greek. It has a text, introduction and very helpful commentary. You will also need a copy of the Greek-English lexicon by Liddel and Scott.

GREEK 401 - Readings in Classical Greek Prose
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001 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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