GRE 101

 Beginning Ancient Greek I

Robert Cioffi

M T W Th 10:10-11:10 am

OLIN 307



This two-semester sequence is designed for students with no experience with ancient Greek (or other ancient languages) to read authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, and Herodotus in the original language. Regular grammatical exercises and drills will be combined with an emphasis on developing skills for translating, reading, and interpreting Greek literature: students will begin reading short selections from classical authors by the end of their first semester, and longer passages throughout the second semester. Students who complete this sequence will be prepared to enroll in Greek 201: Intermediate Greek the following year.  Class size: 16



GRE 201

 Intermediate Greek:

Introduction to Classical Authors and Genres

Robert Cioffi

M  W      3:10-4:30 pm

OLIN 107



This course, designed for students reading continuous Greek for the first time, will build reading fluency and provide an introduction to several major authors and genres of Greek literature of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. We will combine grammar review and drills with close reading of selections from Plato, Demosthenes, Sophocles, Euripides, and other Classical authors. The course will conclude by closely reading a connected text (chosen in consultation with participants), paying particular attention to its language, style, and syntax. Prerequisite: successful completion of Greek 102, or permission of instructor. Class size: 16



GRE 315

 Advanced Greek - Comedy & City: ARISTOPHANES’ FROGS

Lauren Curtis

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm




Aristophanes' comedies, at once bawdy and wordy, revolutionary and reactionary, combine spectacular mass entertainment with highly topical social commentary on Athens in the fifth century BCE. We will read in the original Greek Aristophanes' Frogs, first performed in 405 BCE, in which the god Dionysus descends to the Underworld to choose one of the recently-deceased tragic playwrights, Aeschylus and Euripides, to return to help the city in crisis. Part biting literary satire, part absurdist fantasy, the play puts under the microscope the relationship between drama and society in Athens. Students will further develop Greek reading fluency while gaining a range of critical approaches to Aristophanes' play and working on research skills in Classics (including writing a research paper). Prerequisite: Greek 201/202 or permission of the instructor.  Class size: 15