Classical Studies
GRE 1-205-2013

Introduction to Greek Literature and Culture

Daily Schedule


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Numbers in parentheses after grammar topics refer to the chapter and section of Athenaze in which the topic is discussed.

Week 1 In-Class At home
Day 1

Indirect Statement

Reading: Pausanias 1.44.7-8

2nd declension;
personal and reflexive pronouns (5.6-8; 7.4);
present and future tenses (10.1-4),
active or middle, indicative, subjunctive, and optative, regular and contract verbs

Homework: decline ho bomos "altar", and to hieron; conjugate grapho, aisthanomai, didomi, and haireo in the present and future; memorize the verbs with unusual futures on pp. 159-60 and 167, Athenaze, Book I. Review Indirect Statement (Oxford Grammar 154-58) and identify the indirect statements in Paus. 1.44.9-10.
Read Pausanias 1.44.8-10, 2.1.2-4 (from Megara to Isthmia)

Day 2

Accusative Case;
Expressions of time, place, and space;
uses of the definite article (9.6; 23.5);
uses of autos (5.9)

Reading: Pausanias 2.1.1 1.44.8-10-2.1.3 (the destruction and re-founding of Corinth)

1st declension;
demonstratives (deictic pronouns)(14.5);
imperfect and aorist tenses,
active and middle (11-12)

Homework: conjugate the same verbs in the imperfect and aorist; decline he arche, he thalassa, and ho stratiotes "soldier"; decline houtos "this"; Practice Sentences 1-3, 7-9, 12 (Grammar, p. 126). re-learn the 2nd aorist verbs listed on pp. 181 and 189, Athenaze, Book I.
Reading: Pausanias 2.1.4-9 (Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia)

Day 3

Vocabulary Quiz on 50% list

Genitive case;
Direct and Indirect questions;
Relative Clauses (13.3; 23.6)


3rd declension;
interrogative (7.8; 14.6), indefinite (7.9; 14.6), and relative pronouns (13.3);
perfect and pluperfect tenses (27-28)

Homework: decline he polis, ho basileus, to agalma; do a synopsis of teleutao and metecho in the 3rd sg act;
Read Pausanias

Day 4

Dative case;
Time clauses/because clauses;
Uses of the participle;

Reading: Pausanias 2.2.1-7

aorist and future passive (17.1-3)
optative mood (25.1-4)

Homework: conjugate erao in the future and aor passive; in Paus. 2.3.1-3, find each participle, identify the word it modifies, and say what tense and voice; prepare for quiz (synopsis, vocabulary items 1-130, grammar in a passage); skim Pausanias

Day 5


Reading: Pausanias

Homework: review topics that still give you trouble; write composition; prepare seminar report

Day 6

Greek Composition 1 due

Peirene (cont.), Medea, Bellerophon



didomi and tithemi

Homework: conjugate didomi and tithemi in the present and aorist; decide what topic you would like to do for your vocabulary presentation

Here are suggestions for oral presentations

Day 7

AM: Seminar 1 presentations

PM: Seminar 1 presentations


histemi and hiemi

Homework: Conjugate kathistemi and aphiemi in the present and aorist; work on your vocabulary presentation:

Reading: Pausanias 1.1.1-2, 1.2.1-2, 4 (skim the rest of ch 2); 1.3.1-2, 4-5

Day 8

Vocabulary Quiz: 60% list

AM: -mi verbs;
Vocabulary presentations

PM: Reading: Pausanias 1.1-1.3 (Sounion, Peiraeus, and the road to Athens, city walls and gate, west side of the Agora)


Homework: do a synopsis of aphiemi in the 3rd pl active; review grammar topics that still give you trouble; re-read the text we covered in class; work on your vocabulary presentation:

re-read the text we covered in class

Reading: Pausanias 1.5.1, 1.15.1-4, 1.18.1-3

Day 9

Vocabulary presentations

sequence of moods;
summary of uses of the subjunctive and optative, both main and subordinate clauses: purpose, fearing, indefinite clauses, conditions referring to the future; uses of hos;
negatives (Supplementary Ex 7)

PM: Pausanias 1.3, 1.5.1 (the west side of the Athenian agora), 1.15 (Stoa Poikile), 1.18 (Aglauros and Erichthonius, prytaneum)

re-read the text we covered in class

Reading Pausanias: 1.20.1-3, 1.22.4-5, 1.26.5-7

Day 10

Google Earth tour due

Reading: Pausanias 1.20 (the Street of Tripods & Theater of Dionysus), 1.22 (Propylaia & Athena Nike), 1.26.5-7 (the Erechtheum)

Homework: write composition (feel free to include images from Perseus, etc.)

To prepare for the midterm:
Review all principal parts of fero, erchomai, baino, and tatto;
Review uses of the article and the relative pronoun;
Practice recognizing participial phrases and indirect statement;
Review vocabulary presentations;
Review the passages we have read, in English and Greek

Day 11

Greek Composition 2 due


Homework: revise composition; begin reading articles for seminar

Reading: Paus. 5.6.7-7.5

Day 12

Reading: Reading: Paus. 5.6.7-7.5 (Women at the Olympic Games; Alpheus and Arethousa)

Homework: revise your exam

Reading: 5.10.1-9

Day 13

Reading: sight read 5.8.5-11 (Olympic events); 5.10 (Temple of Olympian Zeus)


Common reading (in English): Strabo Geography 8.6.20-23; Pausanias 10.25-27; Italy on the Grand Tour (Getty)

Continue preparing your presentation. Here are suggestions for oral presentations

Day 14

AM: Seminar 2

PM: Seminar 2

Homework: revise your exam

Reading: Paus. 5.11.1-2, 9-11 (cult statue of Zeus made by Pheidias) and 5.13.1-7 (temenos of Pelops)

Day 15

PM: Paus. 5.11.1-2, 9-11 (cult statue of Zeus made by Pheidias) and 5.13.1-7 (temenos of Pelops)

Homework: write your 3rd and final composition; reread what we have read from Pausanias Book 5; review notes from the seminar in preparation for going to the University of Iowa

Day 16

Greek composition 3 due

AM/PM: visit to special collections at the University of Iowa to see early printed editions of Pausanias and early travelers' accounts of Greece


Homework: revise your composition;

Reading: Paus. 5.13.8-11, 16.1-6

Please prepare a portfolio of your writing this term, including both rough and final drafts. In addition, please write a 1-2 page commentary in English on your Greek compositions. What challenges did you meet and how did you attempt to overcome them? What do you feel you still need to work on as a writer? What do you wish you could have done different? How has writing improved in terms of endings, vocabulary, and syntax? How has writing helped you understand the art, archaeology, history, or myth of the Greek world? How has writing helped you improve your understanding of Pausanias' Greek?

Day 17

AM: diagnostic tests

PM: Pausanias 5.13.8-11 (altar of Zeus), 16.1-6 (Temple of Hera, Heraia games)

Homework: continue working on your writing portfolio; review and study for the final exam


Day 18

Final Exam;
Portfolio due



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