Greek and Latin Courses


GK1000:  Introductory Ancient Greek (Suksi/TBA)

This is an intensive course that will provide students with a firm grasp of the foundations of the Ancient Greek language. Those students with OAC or Grade 12U level Ancient Greek must consult the Department before registering for this course.
3 lecture hours; 1.0 course

GK2000: Advanced Ancient Greek (TBA)

A continuation of Greek 1000, covering the major points of grammar and syntax, as well as an introduction to the works of Ancient Greek authors in the original Greek.
Prerequisite: Greek 1000
3 lecture hours; 1.0 course 

GK3100A/4903A: Ancient Greek Prose Selections (Steinbock)
What was it like to be an Athenian? The genre of the logos epitaphios, the Athenian funeral oration, delivered over the bones of the war dead by the city’s leading statesman, is arguably one of our best sources for the Athenians’ view of themselves and their city’s glorious past.  The central text for this class will be Lysias’ epitaphios for those who fell during the Corinthian War (c. 391 BC), but we will also read parts of Demosthenes’ funeral oration for the fallen at Chaeronea (338 BC) and the spoof funeral oration in Plato’s Menexenus (c. 386 BC), as time permits.

By thoroughly analyzing and translating the original Greek, students will consolidate their understanding of Ancient Greek grammar and syntax. Students will also be introduced to the main concepts of Classical rhetoric and gain familiarity with typical features of epideictic orations. Topics discussed will include the civic and religious aspects of the Athenian state funeral ceremony, the archaeological evidence for the public funeral monuments, the concepts of Athenian democratic ideology and collective memory. Special emphasis will be given to the historical distortions found in these idealized versions of the Athenian past.
Prerequisite: GK2000 or permission of the Department.
3 lecture hours; 0.5 course

GK3200B/4904B: Ancient Greek Poetry Selections (Brown)
A selection of Ancient Greek Poetry. The course will also provide critical review of Greek grammar and syntax. Through close reading of the text, students will become proficient in translation and gain a deeper appreciation of how philological detail contributes to broader thematic issues within Greek literature.
Prerequisite: GK2000, or permission of the Department.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course



LA1000: Introductory Latin (Wood-Section 001/Wood- Section 002)

Latin is valuable to students of science, medicine, law, history, and the Romance languages, helps to improve English grammar and vocabulary, and is well worth studying for its own great intrinsic merit and beauty. In this course we’ll learn the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of Latin and read various passages from Classical authors. Those students with Grade 12U level Latin must consult the Department before registering for this course.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

LA2000: Advanced Latin (Gervais)
In the first half of this course we’ll complete our study of Latin grammar and vocabulary that began in LA1000. In the second half of the course we’ll read extended passages of unadapted Latin prose and poetry. By the end of the course, students will have all the skills necessary to begin reading some of the greatest works of Western literature in the original Latin.
Prerequisite: LA1000, or permission of the Department.
3 lecture hours; 1.0 course

LA3100A/4903A: Latin Prose Selections (Nousek)
The purpose of this course is twofold: to strengthen students' understanding of the fundamentals of Latin syntax and morphology, and to develop skills for reading Latin prose independently. The class will read from the works of canonical Latin prose authors (e.g. Cicero) and will include a review of Latin grammar learned in previous courses. As time permits, we will also discuss the relevant cultural and historical context in which these texts were produced.
Prerequisite: LA2000, or permission of the Department.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

LA3200B/4904B: Latin Poetry Selections (Gervais)
In this course we'll continue to develop a mastery of Latin syntax and morphology, while also beginning to appreciate and interpret a body of poetry fundamental to all subsequent Western literature. Our author of choice this semester will be Catullus, whose poems range across several genres, from tortured love poetry to utterly obscene invective to mythological epic. Although our focus will be on translation and grammar, we'll also touch on interpretive issues such as style, metre, historical and cultural context, and reception.
Prerequisite: LA2000, or permission of the Department.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course