Monmouth College:  Fall 2007

Greek 101, Elementary Greek, 4 credits

MTWF 8:00-8:50, WH 115

Instructor:  Dr. Wine, office WH 16, x2332 (message), x 2103 (in person); office hours:  MWF 9-9:30 (office)-10:45 (happenstance)



Course Description: 

This course is primarily directed towards students desiring to meet the first-year requirements for graduation under the foreign language component of the Language rubric.  Elementary Greek can also fulfill partial requirements for a major in Greek or Classics.


Classes that meet the Language requirement are described in the Monmouth College catalogue in the following way:


            The creation and use of language is the most significant achievement of human beings, for our ability to organize our understanding in verbal symbols and to communicate sets us apart from all other life forms.  The symbols of our language make communication possible at many different levels of meaning and allow us to translate our private experience into universal terms . . . .  A sure understanding of language is the foundation of all knowledge, and the ability to use verbal symbols effectively is the most important of all skills.


This component provides that every student have experience with a second language.  The study of a foreign language allows students to see that their native language often reflects cultural needs and interests at the same time that it shares many basic patterns with other languages.

The aim of these courses is to learn basic reading and writing skills in Greek as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. At the end of two terms of Elementary Greek a student should know the fundamentals of Greek grammar, have a basic Greek vocabulary, and be able to read any Greek text with the help of a dictionary. Speaking and listening skills in Greek will be encouraged only in order to assist the development of reading and writing Greek. READING Greek is much more important than speaking or writing it.

Text for Greek 101/102:
Groton, Anne. From Alpha to Omega, An introduction to Classical Greek.
• Rev. Third Edition, Thoroughly Corrected • Focus Publishing 2000 •  paperback • 1-58510-034-X
Designed for the first course in Classical Greek, fifty lessons in Classical Greek grammar. Presumes little or no previous language study. Readings drawn from authors such as Aesop and Plato. Successfully used in many programs.


Class Goals, Format, and Evaluation:


The goal is for all students to earn the best possible passing grade.  The focus of all assignments, quizzes, and tests is not grading but learning. 


Attendance is also important.  A point for each absence after the first three is deducted from the final average (based on 100 points). Participation doesn’t require all correct answers, but does require attendance and responding to questions.


The final average is based on 30 points of quizzes, 30 points of participation and homework, 30 points of tests, and 10 points for attendance at the final exam. Extra credit points are available for attendance at archaeology lectures (with a 1-2 page summary and response paper submitted for each, 2 points per paper).


Grading scale:  A (100-91), B (90-80), C (79-68), D (67-57).


Schedule:  The following schedule shows the pace which is necessary in order to cover the material required for beginning the second semester.  The instructor may make modifications, however, as necessary, based on class needs and preferences; it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of changes made in class.


Week 1. Χαιρε, Χαιρετε

Tue, Aug 28.    the Greek alphabet and pronunciation

Wed, Aug 29.  diagnostic exam; pronouncing Greek words

Fri, Aug 31.      Chapter 1; quiz


Week 2. πως ’έχεισ σήμερον;

Mon, Sept 3.    Chapter 1, cont.

Tue, Sept 4.     Chapter 2

Wed, Sept 5.    Chapter 3

Fri, Sept 7.       reading and quiz


Week 3. οι πολλοί

Mon, Sep 10.  Chapter 4

Tue, Sep 11.    reading

Wed, Sep 12.  Chapter 5

Fri, Sep 14.      reading and quiz


Week 4. υστερικός

Mon, Sep 17.  Chapter 6

Tue, Sep 18.    reading

Wed, Sep 19.  Chapter 7

Fri, Sep 21.      reading and quiz



Week 5. καλως

Mon, Sep 24.  Chapter 8

Tue, Sep 25.    reading

Wed, Sep 26.   Chapter 9

Τhurs., Sep 27. “Frankish Citadels (in Greece and Egypt),” 7:30

Fri, Sep 28.      reading and quiz


Week 6. ’εκστατικός

Mon, Oct 1.     Chapter 10

Tue, Oct 2.       reading

Wed, Oct 3.     Chapter 11

Fri, Oct 5.        reading and quiz


Week 7. κακως

Mon, Oct 8.     Chapter 12

Tue, Oct 9.       reading

                        “Roman Athens,” 7:30, WIU

Wed, Oct 10.   Chapter 13

Fri, Oct 12.      reading and quiz


Week 8

Mon, Oct 15.   Fall Break

Tue, Oct 16.     Fall Break

Wed, Oct 17.  review

Fri, Oct 19.      review and quiz


Week 9

Mon, Oct 22.  Chapter 14

Tue, Oct 23.     reading

Wed, Oct 24.  Chapter 15

Fri, Oct 26.      reading and quiz


Week 10

Mon, Oct 29.  Chapter 16

Tue, Oct 30.      reading

Wed, Oct 31.   Chapter 17

Fri, Nov 2.        reading and quiz


Week 11

Mon, Nov 5.    Chapter 18

Tue, Nov 6.      reading

                        “Late Roman Villa at Corinth,” 7:30

Wed, Nov 7.    Chapter 19

Fri, Nov 9.       reading and quiz



Week 12

Mon, Nov 12.  Chapter 20

                        “Excavating in Romania,” 7:30

Tue, Nov 13.    reading

Wed, Nov 14.  Chapter 21

Fri, Nov 16.     reading and quiz


Week 13

Mon, Nov 19.  Chapter 22

Tue, Nov 20.     reading

Wed, Nov 21.   quiz

Fri, Nov 25       Thanksgiving Break


Week 14

Mon, Nov 26.   Chapter 23

Tue, Nov 27.      reading

Wed, Nov 28.   Chapter 24

Fri, Nov 30.       reading and quiz


Week 15

Mon, Dec 3        Chapter 25

Tue, Dec 4         reading

Wed, Dec 5       review

Fri, Dec 7           review


Week 16

Mon., Dec. 10    review

Tues., Dec. 11    review

Wed., Dec. 12    review



Final Exam:  Saturday, December 15, 10:00