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Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek is a Senior elective intended for fourth-year students who have already completed the required three years in a given language and wish to gain exposure to a new language before graduation. It is a two-semester course intended to give students familiarity with Ancient Greek. It is expected that students have no prior knowledge of the language. All instruction will be done in English. The goal is to enable students to read and comprehend original texts in Ancient Greek. Students will also be expected to compose original sentences in Greek. The target text will be Homer’s Odyssey, with the goal of having students reading short passages from the work throughout the second semester. The language material will be supplemented by historical and cultural topics from the Ancient Greek world, giving students further insight into a world very different from our own, but one whose influences has continued to the present day. The cultural lessons will include additional readings from ancient Greek authors in translation.

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