CG 210 : Syllabus
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From its earliest beginnings to the modern period, Greek has been in continuous use for over 3,000 years.

Ancient Greek was a member of the large family of Indo-European languages, all descended from the lost ancestral tongue of prehistoric Eurasians.


The focus of this course is the continuing study of Attic Greek, which was the dialect used in and around Athens during the classical period (roughly the fifth and fourth centuries BCE). Other dialects included Doric and Aeolic.

Though vestiges survive today, ancient Greek is technically a dead language.  Nevertheless, thanks to the efforts of modern students, it lives on, if not flourishes.


Students of CG 210 will

-- cover intermediate Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary;
-- appreciate the composition and style of advanced Greek prose; and
-- gain access to the historical and cultural contexts in which the language flourished.

Furthermore, students will develop critical reading and thinking skills through class discussion, tests, and written exercises.

Professor Dan Curley
Office: 210 Ladd Hall
Hours: MW 10:00 - 11:00 a.m, and by appointment.
Telephone: 518.580.5463


-- Groton, A.  2000.  From Alpha to Omega.  Third ed. revised.  Focus.
-- Mather, M. W. & J. W. Hewitt, ed.  1962.  Xenophon's Anabasis.  Oklahoma


-- Liddell, H. G. & R. Scott.  1889.  Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon.  Oxford.


Class participation (20%)

Class participation involves more than just attendance.  Students must also keep up with the readings and assignments, and participate actively during all sessions.  Students are also expected to come to class on time and to maintain an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas.

The participation grade also measures students' performance in biweekly oral drills.

Exercises (20%)

Written exercises, mainly from Groton's textbook, will be due nearly every class in the first part of the course.  The exercises are typically of three kinds:  (A) Greek-to-English sentences;  (B) English-to-Greek sentences;  and (C) Greek-to-English passages.  Exercises should be completed, double-spaced, on individual pieces of paper to facilitate sharing and turning in to Prof. Curley, when appropriate.

Later in the course we will read and discuss passages from Xenophon's Anabasis, in with grammatical support from Groton's text.

Please note that unexcused late work will not be accepted.

Quizzes (20%)

Quizzes (15-20 minutes in length on average) will be administered every week, typically on Mondays.  The quizzes will emphasize syntax and morphology.

Students will have the opportunity to correct their mistakes on quizzes, with each correction worth one-half its original value.  EXAMPLE:  Say a student earns 80 points out of a possible 100 on her first quiz.  She corrects all of her mistakes and earns back 10 out of the 20 points she originally lost.

This policy does not apply to examinations.

Examinations (40% total)

This term there will be two midterm examinations and a final examination (which is essentially a third midterm).  All exams will test students' ability to read extended prose passages.

The dates of the exams are as follows:

-- Midterm 1:  Thursday, February 19
-- Midterm 2:  Tuesday, March 31
-- Final exam:  Tuesday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Students may expect more details approximately a week in advance of each exam.

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