2018 Classical Greek 4

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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 and Aristotle, and the mathematics of Euclid were all written in Classical Greek. We will learn the 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 the Attic Greek, one can also read Homer (8th century BC) and the New Testament that are written in Koine Greek, as there are not many differences 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 the 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 read Greek orignal texts dilectly, rather than in translations. They will notice how many important and valuable 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

Gramatical explanations are given at classes, and exercises are required as homework assignments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Imperatives. Indirect speeches Memorize the conjugation of imperatives. Understand the use of indirect speeches.
Class 2 Verbal adjectives. Negatives Understand the use of verbal adjectives. Understand the use of negatives.
Class 3 Readings: Aesop Fables, Principia of Euclid Practice to read the original texts.
Class 4 Readings: The King Oedipus Practice to read the original texts.
Class 5 Readings: The Iliad of Homer (1) Practice to read the original texts.
Class 6 Readings: The Iliad of Homer (2) Practice to read the original texts.
Class 7 Readings: The Iliad of Homer (3) Practice to read the original texts.
Class 8 Examination


M. Tanaka & C. Matsudaira, Girisiago Nyuumon, Revised, Iwanami, 2012

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Assessment criteria and methods

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

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