Intensive Ancient Greek (Greek 1003)

Second Summer Session 2013 (8 July-16 August),
M-F 1045-1220 and M-Th 1255-225

Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics
327 Anderson Hall, 1-3672, Office hours:by appointment

Texts: An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach (Second Edition)
by C. A. E. Luschnig 978-0-87220-889-6 (there is an e-edition available)
Lysias, On the Murder of Eratosthenes. PDF at Blackboard

updated 31 July 2013

Overview: This course aims to introduce you to the language of the ancient Greeks. By the end of the summer, you will be reading actual ancient Greek texts!! That is, you will if you survive! This course will be hard, but it will also be extremely rewarding. No matter how clever you are, learning Greek will take a fair amount of time. You should not take this course unless you are willing and able to spend some time on Greek  every day, for this time will be the single most important factor in your level of success.  I will give you as much help as you want or need. By the end of this term you will be ready for a normal third-semester Greek course, in which you will be rewarded for all of your hard work with some of the best texts ever written! During the last week we will read passages from Lysias.

Approach: We  stress learning Greek through reading progressively harder passages of the original language, a practice accompanied by memorizing important vocabulary and forms. It is very important that you not wander off or fall behind. If you are going to miss a class, you must call me or email, and I will return your message as soon as I can with your assignment.  But it is imperative that you not miss any class meetings.

SOS? If you at any point feel overwhelmed, dumber than everyone else in the class, or just plain confused, please talk to me. Don’t sneak away and then try to avoid running into me on campus. I am very willing to offer advice or extra help. Consider setting up study groups with your classmates. 

Grades: Quizzes: 30%,  5 Tests 30%, Daily work: 30%, Final Exam 10%

  • Quizzes: there will be a daily quiz involving the vocabulary words from the previous day's Lessons and any recent forms.
  • Daily work: this means class performance, which is a factor of overnight preparation and attention in class. You will make mistakes in class, and these will not affect your grade. This assessment will be based on effort and attitude.
  • Final: this occurs on the last day of classes.

Note that I will weigh the second half of the course more heavily than the first if you show real improvement as the semester progresses.

Starting out:

By Tuesday, learn the Greek alphabet for a quiz (see page 1). For now, learn the lower case letters, since these are the ones you will see the most. Make yourself flash cards. I STRONGLY urge to you consult a new interactive web site ( for learning the Greek alphabet and the basic principles of the Greek language. For now, learn the lower case letters, since these are the ones you will see the most. The single biggest obstacle most students face as they begin is the alphabet, so if you get used to it quickly, the rest will be much easier.

Web help:



Week 1 Introduction, Lessons I-III
M: 1-12, 13-26
T: 26-34, 35-38 Alphabet quiz
W: 3844,45-47
Th: 48-53, 54-60
F: 63-67 Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons I-II

Week 4 Lessons VIII-XI
M: TEST on VI-VIIIa; 175-83
T: 183-90, 190-95
W: 196-200, 201-07
Th: 207-211, 211-24
F: Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons IX-X, 224-29

Week 2 Lessons III-V
M: TEST on I-II; 68-77
T: 77-86, 86-92
W: 93-99, 100-07
Th: 105-114, 115-19 Vocab. Quiz for Lessons III-IV
F: NO CLASS; homework to be submitted by email over weekend

Week 5 Lessons XI-XII
M: TEST on VIIIa-X; 231-40
T: 241-44,
Th: 265-63, 264-66
F: Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons XI-XII, 266-70

Week 3 Lessons VI-VIII
M: TEST on III-V, including Vocabulary Quiz for Lesson V; 121-27
T: 127-37, 137-45
W: 146-51, 152-54
Th: 154-61, 162-69
F: Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons VI-VIII, 169-74

Week 6 Lessons XIII-XIV
M: TEST on XI-XII, 271-80
T: Lysias
W: Lysias
Th: Lysias
F Final exam