Introduction to Greek Literature
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| Syllabus for GRE 205
What to include:
The basic idea is that this commentary
will be useful to other students in the class if they want to read the
passage, too. It should fall into five parts:
- a general introduction (1-2 pages), including
but not limited to some brief biographical background on the author,
background on the genre (e.g. biography, history, lyric, etc.),
its context within the entire work, meter (if poetry), and any other
general knowledge that is important for understanding the passage.
- a copy of the text on a single page (with
line numbers added if not already included).
- your own translation (demonstrating your
understanding of the Greek).
- a line by line commentary providing glosses
for new vocabulary and explanations of unusual grammar, allusions,
historical references, mythology, etc.
- a one or two page appreciation/synthesis
of your reaction to the passage from a literary, scientific, or
historical point of view.
- Questions you might answer in part 5:
how does an understanding of the Greek enrich your appreciation
of the passage (i.e. nuances in meaning, plays on words, use of
tenses, use of voice)? What stylistic choices does the author
make (e.g. vocabulary, constructions, subordination)? How does
the passage fit into the rest of the work in terms of characterization,
plot, mood, etc.? Is it representative or unusual?
- first Friday: have an author chosen
- second Tuesday: have a passage chosen
- third Monday: commentary completed
Listed below are some of the authors
that you may choose from in selecting your passage. Most can be found
on-line in Perseus
Primary Text Index or in paper form in the Loeb Classical Library,
green bound volumes in the 880's (* denotes most accesible authors).
Perseus includes the texts of many
of the authors listed above in both Greek and English as well as an
on-line Greek-English Lexicon and Morphological Analysis Tool. It also
includes maps, plans, and images of Greek art, artifacts, and archaeological
Commentaries and other works in
printed form concerning these authors can be found through Cole On-Line.
I would be happy to assist you in finding material on these authors.
here for up-to-date links about Greek Writers
- Biography: *Plutarch
- Biology/Medicine: Aristotle,
Aelian, Galen, Hippocrates
- History: Herodotus,
- Mathematics: Archimedes, Euclid
(in Greek Mathematics)
- Mime: Herodas
- Mythology and Religion: Andocides
On the Mysteries, *Apollodorus,
- Novel: *Chariton, Longus,
Xenophon of Colophon
- Oratory and Law: Gorgias,
- Politics and Philosophy: Plato,
Memorabilia, The Old Oligarch, Theophrastus' Characters,
- Satire/Fantasy: Lucian, *Aesop,
- Travel Literature: *Pausanias,
Works on the Ancient Greek World
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- Boardman, John, et al. The Oxford History
of the Classical World. Oxford: Clarendon, 1986. Political,
as well as social, cultural, and literary history. 938 Ox2
- Bonnefoy, Yves, and Wendy Doniger, eds.
Mythologies. 2 Vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
1991. Ref 291.13 M999
- Easterling, P.E. and B.M.W. Knox, eds.
The Cambridge History of Classical Literature. Vol. 1: Greek
Literature. Cambridge, 1985.
- Grant, Michael, ed. Civilization of
the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome. 3 vols. Riverside,
NJ: Scribner's, 1988. Covers all aspects of the ancient world with
short, authoritative articles. Ref 938 C499
- **Hornblower, Simon, and Antony Spawforth,
eds. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Oxford, 1996.
Brief, authoritative entries on nearly every aspect of the ancient
world. Ref 913.38 Ox2 1996
- Leach, Maria, ed. Funk and Wagnalls
Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. New York:
Funk and Wagnalls, 1949. Excellent; not limited to Greco-Roman world.
Ref 398 F6
- Lefkowitz, Mary R., and Maureen B. Fant.
Women's Life in Greece and Rome. A Sourcebook in Translation.
2nd Ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1992. Greek and Roman documents.
305.420945 W842 1992
- **Luce, T.J., ed. Ancient Writers: Greece
and Rome, 2 vol. New York: Scribners, 1982. Includes biography
of and criticism on most ancient authors, and a good starting bibliography.
Ref 928.8 An22
- Morford, Mark, and Robert Lenardon. Classical
Mythology. 3rd ed. New York: Longman, 1985. Useful compilation
of material on each of the major gods and heroes of the Greco-Roman
world. 292 M819c
- Smyth, Herbert Weir. Greek Grammar.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956. 485 Sm9g
- Snyder, Jane M. The Woman and the Lyre:
Women Writers in Classical Greece and Rome. Carbondale: Southern
Illinois, 1989. 880.99287 Sn92wo