The concentration in ancient Greek allows students to pursue their own interests within a wide range of Greek literature, which extends from the Homeric epics to the Byzantine era and includes the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods as well as the Koinê Greek of the New Testament. Students begin with Attic Greek, the language of “golden age” (fifth-century B.C.E.) Athens. The Greek language of that time and place represents a cultural and linguistic central point from which students can go on to read works in all genres, including philosophy, oratory, epic, lyric, history, tragedy, comedy, and biblical Greek.
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Greek 102 or placement examination
Minimum of nine courses (at least three credits each) including:
- Seven courses in Greek at the 300-level or above (at least four of these must be 400-level or above, usually including 401 and 402).
- Two courses selected from Classical Archaeology 221, Classical Civilization 101, or History 200. Three credits of independent study (Greek 499) may be used with written approval of the undergraduate advisor.
Greek 497, the Junior/Senior Seminar, is highly recommended. The concentration in classical Greek should normally begin in the freshman or sophomore year.
In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, Honors candidates must take one course, at or above the 450-level, in Greek. Honors students receive six credits during their senior year for researching and writing an Honors thesis (Greek 495); this thesis must be based upon texts in the original ancient languages; the thesis should be a minimum of 40 pages in length. Candidates must offer an oral defense of this work, in a form to be agreed upon with their thesis advisor. Interested students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 should contact their concentration advisor no later than the winter term of their junior year at the latest.
Language, Literature and Culture of Ancient Greece
Prerequisites to the Greek minor
Greek 301 or equivalent, as determined by the departmental placement examination.
Requirements for the Greek minor
At least 16 credits of courses chosen from the following three groups
- At least two upper-level courses in Greek language and literature.
- At least one broad introductory course in Greek civilization (Classical Civilization 101), Greek archaeology (Classical Archaeology 221), or Greek History (History 200).
- At least one upper level (300 or 400-level) in Greek civilization, archaeology, or history.
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