2016 Classical Greek 3

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Second foreign language courses
Yasumura Noriko 
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Course description and aims

This course is to study Classical Greek. The great epic of Homer, the Greek tragedy, the history of Herodotus, the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, and the mathe-
matics of Euclid were all written in Classical Greek. We will learn Attic Greek in our class, which was used in the 6th to 4th century BC in the Attic district in
Greece. With the knowledge of Attic Greek, one can also read Homer (8th century BC) and New Testament that are written in Koine Greek, as there are not many differeces between Attic and Koine Greek. Nowadays many new words are made from Greek and/or Latin words. For example, the word television was invented combining a Greek word "telos"(afar) and a Latin word "video" (to see). The ancient Greek civilization had a great influence on later European civilization. By learning Classical Greek, we aim to obtain knowledge not only of the language but also of the Greek ideology.

Student learning outcomes

By studying Classical Greek, students will be able to read Greek original texts directly, rather than in translation. They will notice how many important and valu-
able messages are contained in these texts. Also they will be surprised at how vivid the messages are; they have not become obsolete, but keep on having fresh
impact still now, even though they were written more than 2500 years ago.


Classical Greek

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Grammatical explanations are given at class. and exercises are required as homework assignments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Conjugation of verbs (subjunktive, active and middle) Memorize conjugation of verbs (subjunctive, active and middle)
Class 2 Conditional sentences, Subjunctive of irregular verbs Memorize conjugation of verbs (subjunctive, middle). Understand the use of conditional sentences.
Class 3 Infinitive(1),(2) Understand the use of infinitives.
Class 4 Relative pronouns. Conjugation of verbs (optative, active) Understand the use of relative pronouns. Memorize conjugation of optative, active.
Class 5 Conjugation of verbs (optative, middle), Participle (active) Memorize conjugation of optative, middle. Understand the use of participle (active).
Class 6 Participle (middle and passive), Adjective (comparative) Understand the use of participle (middle and active), and the use of genitive absolute.
Class 7 Adjective (comparative), Potential optatives Understand the use of comparative and potential optatives.
Class 8 Examination


M. Tanaka and C. Matsdaira, Girisiago Nyuumon, Revised, Iwanami, 2012

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Assessment criteria and methods

Examination(70%), homework assignments(30%)

Related courses

  • Classical Latin

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