Demosthenes, 1st c. BC: Vatican Museum

CG311 Greek Oratory:
Murder, Bravado, Persuasion
TuTh 12.40-2.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462 Hours: W 9.00 Th 8.30 F 10.30



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Skidmore College


Over the course of the semester you will develop your ability to read continuous Greek prose clearly and cogently, and to understand three oratorical works in the context of the development of the genre of rhetoric. The course requirements are designed to help you sharpen these skills. All students will take one midterm and one final exam; the midterm will focus on the passages read and the discussions we have had, and the final exam will be comprehensive. The students new to Greek author courses will take a few quizzes that focus your attention on grammar, syntax and vocabulary review.

Those of you new to Greek author courses will work on a commentary on a passage from one of the works we will read; you will also make a brief presentation on your passage in mid-November, and then present the results of your work at the end of the semester. Those of you with author-course experience will write a 3000-word research paper on a topic of your own design; in addition, you will each lead one class discussion on scholarship or "presentation" involving the entire class.
Class participation includes preparation of readings and assignments, and participation in readings, translations and discussions in the classroom. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate. You may take 2 absences from the classroom during the semester without penalty. After two absences, each absence will result in a lowering of the class participation component of 20% by one full grade. Come to class.
All quizzes and exams will have set deadlines. These deadlines will be announced in advance and are non-negotiable; any that you miss will earn a grade of "F."
For students new to author courses
Participation 20%
Quizzes 10%  
Midterm exam 25%
Final exam 25%  
Commentary 20%
For students who have taken author courses
Participation 20%
Midterm exam 25%
Final exam 25%
Research paper 30%
As you hone your skills as a reader of Greek prose you will develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions to some of the vexing questions that the study of rhetoric raises. It is absolutely essential that you take credit for your own work, and give credit to others when you draw upon their ideas and words.

Plagiarism and cheating of all sorts will not be tolerated in this course and are grounds for an "F". Be sure to read carefully the Ethics of Scholarship webpage and the section on "Academic Integrity" in the Academic Information Guide.

All members of the College community are bound by Skidmore's Honor Code, included here:

"I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College Community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the college regulations."