GRE 202   Intermediate Greek: Herodotus

Carolyn Dewald

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3:10 -4:30 pm

OLIN 107


We will be reading selections from the beginning of Herodotus' Histories of the Persian Wars; Herodotus (c.480-425 BCE) is popularly known as 'the father of History' since he is, as far as we know, the first historian.  His text is famous among later Greek thinkers for its marvelous stories and its lucid and flowing narrative style, and we will use the semester to firm up your integration of Greek grammar and basic vocabulary; to consider what historiography meant at the very beginning of the genre; and, finally, to think about how Greek prose is constructed and what constitutes a good Greek prose style. Some analytical consideration will be given to other classical authors contemporary to Herodotus as well; we will consider the extent to which he is a full-fledged member of the 'Greek Enlightenment' (aka 'the first sophistic').  Class size: 12