Classical Studies
GRE 1-205-2016

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

Vocabulary of wooing, love, and marriage

Review of cases

Reading: "Semele and Ino" (Apollodorus 3.4.2-3)

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 "temple"; 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.

Read the culture essay, "Theseus' Six Labors"

Prepare pre-reading activities for "The Labors of Theseus" (Apollodorus 3.16, Epitome 1.1-4)

Day 2

Vocabulary of strength and violence

Grammar: Genitive Absolute

Word order: Identifying the subjects of sentences

Reading "The Labors of Theseus" (Apollodorus 3.14; Epitome 1.1-4)


1st declension
demonstratives (deictic pronouns) (14.5)
uses of the definite article (9.6; 23.5)
uses of autos (5.9)
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. 210 and 219-20, Athenaze, Book I. Do the first four online exercises for the 2nd aorist.

Prepare a post-reading activity for "The Labors of Theseus"

Review Indirect Statement (Oxford Grammar 154-58) and identify the indirect statements in Paus. 1.44.9-10.
Prepare pre-reading activities for Pausanias 1.44.7-10, 2.1.1-4 (the road from Megara to Isthmia) [These passages should be on the new IAC site under Table of Contents tonight]

Read the Culture Essay: "Ino and Melicertes: Filling in the Missing Blanks"

Day 3

Vocabulary of emotions, types of sites

Grammar: identifying cases

Syntax: uses of the article; indirect statement

Reading: Pausanias 1.44.7-2.1.1 (from Megara to the boundary of Corinthia

3rd declension
Genitive case
interrogative (7.8; 14.6), indefinite (7.9; 14.6), and relative pronouns (13.3)
perfect and pluperfect tenses (27-28)
Relative Clauses (13.3; 23.6)

Homework: decline he polis, ho basileus, to agalma; do a synopsis of thuo (I sacrifice) in the 3rd sg active
Read Pausanias 2.1.2-8 (the destruction and refounding of Corinth, the isthmus, Isthmia)

Day 4


Grammar: identify the dictionary form of nouns

Syntax: Uses of the participle

Reading: Pausanias 2.1.2-7

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

Homework: conjugate deiknumi 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

Prepare pre-reading for Paus. 2.1.8-2.2.5 (Isthmia and the road to Corinth)

Day 5


Summarize how to form each tense, participles

Reading: Pausanias 2.1.8-2.2.5

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

Post reading for Paus. 2.1.8-2.2.5

Pre-reading for Paus. 2.2.6-3.7 (Corinth, Bellepheron, Medea)

Day 6

Greek Composition 1 due

Color vocab

Read Paus. 2.2.6-2.3.3 (Road to Lechaeum, Peirene, Bellerophon)



didomi and tithemi

Homework: conjugate didomi and tithemi in the present and aorist;

Here are suggestions for oral presentations

Day 7

Hermes Kriophoros

Read Paus. 2.3.4-7

Read Acts 18:1-11



histemi and hiemi

Homework: Conjugate kathistemi and aphiemi in the present and aorist

Post-reading for the road to Sicyon and Medea, Paul's Mission to Corinth

Pre-reading for Acts 18: 12-17 and 1 Cor. 11: 17-31

Day 8

PM: Seminar 1 presentations

Food vocab, Paul's mission

Culture: ancient Greek diet

Read Acts 12-17


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;

study vocabulary on the 50% and 60% list, practice vocab

re-read the text we covered in class; post-reading activity

Pre-reading: The Politics of the Communal Meal (A-C) and The Sack of Corinth (A-B)

Day 9

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)

Read: The Politics of the Communal Meal B-C, The Sack of Corinth A-B

Post-reading for the text we covered in class

Pre-reading: The Sack of Corinth C-D, the "Freedom of the Greeks" A-D

Day 10

Vocabulary Quiz: 60% list

Vocab: compound words

Reading: The Sack of Corinth C-D, the "Freedom of the Greeks" A-D

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

Google Earth tour due


Homework: review relative pronouns, numerals (Moodle)

Read culture essay on the Dead Sea

Pre-reading: Paus. 5.6.7-7.5 (Women at the Olympic Games; Alpheus and Arethousa); notes are on Moodle

Day 12

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

Homework: revise your exam

review numerals; read the culture essays on the Olympic events (description, schedule, dates),

Reading: 5.10.1-9

Day 13

Vocab: break compound words into parts


Read 5.8.5-11 (Olympic events); 5.10.1-2 (Temple of Olympian Zeus)


Post-reading: complete the Olympic victors list (blank) by filling in the blanks with the answers in Greek

Pre-reading: Paus. 5.10.3-10 (the temple of Zeus and its decoration)

Study the Parts of a Temple

Day 14

Read Paus. 5.10.3-10 (the temple of Zeus and its decoration)

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

Visit to St John the Baptist Orthodox Church and the Riley Collection of Roman Portrait Sculptures at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Continue preparing your presentation. Here are suggestions for oral presentations

Pre-reading for Paus. 5.11.1-2, 9-11 and 5.13.1-7

Day 16


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

Jane Raisch, "Greek to Me: The Hellenism of Early Print"

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

Post-reading on the cult statue and the temenos of Pelops

Pre-reading: Paus. 5.13.8-11, 16.1-6 (altar of Zeus and the Heraion)

Please prepare a portfolio of your writing this term, at least five examples of post-reading activities and five pre-reading activities. In addition, please write a 1-2 page commentary in English on how these activities helped (or not) improve your proficiency at Greek. What are your strengths and weaknesses and how did you attempt to build on your strengths and remedy your weaknesses. How has writing and preparing these activities improved your proficiency in Greek in terms of endings, vocabulary, and syntax? How has the course helped you understand the art, archaeology, history, or myth of the Greek world? the spatial structure of towns and sanctuaries? and perspectives and value system of Greeks living during the Roman empire?

Day 17

AM: Seminar 2

PM: Pausanias 5.13.8-11 (altar of Zeus)

Homework: continue working on your writing portfolio

study for the final exam: review grammar and vocab topics, passages from Pausanias, and culture essays


Day 18

Final Exam;
Portfolio due



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