Greek 23
Intermediate Greek I
Fall 1997
INSTRUCTOR: Robert W. Cape, Jr., Assistant Professor of Classics

PHONE: x2241 MAIL: 61539 EMAIL:
OFFICE HOURS: 12:30-1:20 MWF, & by appointment or just dropping by.


  • Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Book II (Oxford University Press: New York, 1991)

  • Course Objectives:

    The primary goal of this course is to help students develop skills for reading ancient Greek. To do this we will build upon the principles of Greek grammar and vocabulary learned in Greek 12. Since it is necessary to know something about the culture in order to understand a language, the course will continue to cover important aspects of Greek civilization. Another goal of the course is to help students enhance their English vocabulary and understanding of English by paying attention to Greek's contribution to our language.

    At the end of the third semester of Greek, each student should be able to:

    1. understand the functions of all the Greek noun cases
    2. recognize the regular forms of verbs in the indicative mood
    3. recognize the forms and understand the primary uses of the subjunctive and optative moods
    4. read consistently with good understanding simple connected passages of Greek prose dealing with a variety of basic issues in Greek society. Such texts are beginning to become more complex and may even be slightly adapted versions of ancient writings. Sentences may involve complex subordination. They impart basic information about which the reader has to make minimal suppositions.
    5. translate simple English expressions into Greek and write connected Greek sentences with simple subordination
    6. have a good acquaintance with fifth century Athenian culture

    It is expected that each student will achieve these objectives at his or her own level, depending on individual time, energy, and commitment to learning the material.

    Attendance and Participation:

    Because this is a performance class, regular attendance is required of all students. Students are expected to be prepared for and to participate actively in every class. Lack of preparation is no excuse for not participating. Since learning a language is a sequential process and any class sessions or homework missed can seriously affect future performance, only three absences will be allowed. Each absence after the third will lower the total grade by three percentage points. With seven absences a student may be dropped from the course.

    Assignments and Grading:

    Homework assignments are given daily for the next day's class. These are to be completed prior to the class meeting and will be the basis for that day's participation. In addition, about once a week there will be a written homework assignment to be turned in at the beginning of class. Students are responsible for finding out what the homework assignment is if they have missed a class. Homework, quizzes and exams missed during an absence cannot be made up except under exceptional circumstances.

    A short, 10-15 minute quiz will be given approximately every week. These quizzes are meant to help students review material recently covered and serve as diagnostic instruments to indicate how well they are progressing in discrete areas of grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. The midterm and final are comprehensive exams which measure the student's total progress at specific points in the course. The midterm will be given during the sixth or seventh week of class; the exact date will be announced at least two weeks in advance. The final will be given at the regularly scheduled time, 3:00-5:00pm Thursday, December 11. The midterm and final may include "take-home" sections.

    Grade percentages:
    weekly quizzes
    written homework
    attendance and participation

    Austin College's Standards of Academic Integrity are assumed to apply to your work for this course.

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    Robert W. Cape, Jr., Assistant Professor of Classics
    Classical & Modern Languages
    900 N. Grand, Suite 61539
    Sherman, TX 75090-4440
    phone: (903) 813-2241  fax: (903) 813-3197

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