GREK 201-1 Directed Readings: Lyric Poetry
GREK210 Ancient Literature: Love Poetry

Fall Semester 1999-2000
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

The general aim of this course is to improve your Greek reading and comprehension skills and to expose you to a variety of texts in Greek. The specific goal of the course this semester is to read selections from the Greek lyric poets.

Class will meet about 50 minutes per week. During this time we will translate, discuss and interpret the assigned readings. You are expected to come prepared to every class. Preparation means review of the reading from last class and work on the reading for the next class.

Your course grade will be based upon your daily class performance and upon an ORAL final examination. You can request a verbal evaluation of your performance at any time during the term.


There is no required textbook for this course. We will use handouts and the resources of the internet, especially the Perseus Website.

It is highly recommended that you purchase a copy of the following:

Barnstone, Willis. Sappho and the Greek Lyric Poets
2nd ed. 0-8052-0831-3 
Random House


It is highly recommended that students also have their own Greek dictionary and reference grammar.

Students enrolled in GREK210 should also consult the list of required texts for CLAS210.

Standing offer for extra credit: If you submit a 250-word review of one of these books to or and send the link to the instructor, you will get extra credit in this course. This offer expires on Nov. 30, 1999.

About the instructor / Some Useful Greek Websites

A word on academic honesty: You are encouraged to work with other members of the class. However, please do not try to recite another's translation. This is a form of plagiarism (copying someone else's work without giving credit) which is both dishonest and ineffective for your goal of learning Latin. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.

Caveat: This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

This webpage was prepared by Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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