Fall Course Guide

Classical Studies

Classical Greek (Division 385)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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Elementary Courses

101. Elementary Greek. Graduate students should elect the course as Greek 502. (4). (LR).
In combination with Greek 102, this is the first half of a year-long introduction to ancient Greek and is designed to prepare students for the reading of Greek texts. Greek 101 concentrates on fifth-century B.C. Attic Greek which was the language of the "golden age" of Athens. The Greek language of that time and place represents a cultural and linguistic central point from which students can pursue their own interests within a wide range of Greek literature which extends from the Homeric epics to the Byzantine era and which includes the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods as well as the koine Greek of the New Testament. The purpose of the course is to develop the fundamentals of the language so that these fundamentals can then be applied to whatever area of ancient Greek students wish to pursue. Cost:2 WL:1 (Dobrov)
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301. Second-Year Greek. Greek 102. The language requirement is satisfied with the successful completion of both Greek 301 and 302. Graduate students should elect the course as Greek 507. (4). (LR).
This course is the first half of the second-year ancient Greek language sequence. Emphasis will be put upon reading Greek prose texts (e.g., Xenophon, Herodotus, Lysias, Plato); upon linguistic and grammatical skills; and upon translation and comprehension. Its sequel is Greek 302 (Winter term), in which poetry is read (Homer). Cost:2 WL:2 (Cameron)
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Intermediate Courses

401. Readings in Classical Greek Prose. Greek 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
This course will focus on translation, comprehension, and explication of selections from Herodotus (Histories, Book II) and the Roman period satirist/novelist Lucian (True History). Course requirements: an hour exam at midterm, a fina exam, and a paper (5-10 pages). Cost:1 WL:3 (Gagos)
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Advanced Courses

457. Greek Orators. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).
The study of representative works of selected Attic orators of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., set against the background of the development of rhetorical techniques and artistic prose.
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516. Aristophanes. Greek 301 and 302. (3). (Excl).

This course will provide an introduction to the field of Ancient Athenian Comedy in which we shall concentrate on the extant scripts of Aristophanes such as Acharnians and Birds. Topics covered will include the origins of drama, the development of the comic competition in the Athenian polis, the relationship of comedy to other genres (epic, tragedy, dithyramb), the evolution of comedy from the generation of Cratinus through the early fourth century (Middle Comedy), comedy as a vehicle for political satire and appeal, gender and sexuality, ritual and drama, comic prosopography, the language and meters of drama. A knowledge of Greek is essential as much of the fragmentary material and testimonia are not (satisfactorily) translated. (Dobrov)
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556. Greek Philosophical Literature I. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Philosophy and Rhetoric .
In this course, we will discuss the intellectual antagonisms, appropriations, and assimilations that took place between philosophy and rhetoric primarily in the Classical period. One of the major purposes of the course is to translate important works of Classical philosophy that bear on the subject, including much of Plato's Phaedrus and parts of the Gorgias, as well as sections of Aristotle's Rhetoric. We will also read through some of the fragments of the Sophists, particularly Gorgias and Protagoras, as well as small bits of Isocrates. The goals of the course are several: to understand the philosophic devaluation of rhetoric as well as the philosophic classification of rhetoric; to appreciate the convergence of ethics and rhetoric; to look at theories of civic discourse in the ancient and modern worlds; to examine the intellectual tensions that framed late fifth and early fourth century thought. In addition to the ancient Greek texts, we will also read secondary literature on the Sophists, on ancient rhetoric, and on Aristotle's theory of rhetoric. Finally, we will read some contemporary rhetorical and linguistic theory. Requirements: reading/translation, midterm, short paper; medium paper. No knowledge of ancient philosophy is presupposed. Cost:3 (Rappe)
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