Greek 100-101. Beginning Ancient Greek
Fall 2007-Winter 2008, Prof. Tarik Wareh


For more information about this course, or to make an appointment, please email the instructor (wareht).

Online Course Materials (PDF)


Winter 2008 Schedule of Assignments

[Past Schedules of Assignments: F05/W06, F06/W07, F07]

The quizzes will be given on Wednesdays and will focus on the material covered during the previous week.

1/7-11 Review, Lessons 25-26
1/14-18 QUIZ 1, Lessons 27-29
1/21-25 QUIZ 2, Lessons 30-32
1/28 - 2/1 QUIZ 3, Lessons 33-35
2/4 Principal Parts & Review
2/6 MIDTERM EXAM
2/8 Lesson 36
2/11-15 QUIZ 4, Lessons 37-39
2/18-22 QUIZ 5, Lessons 40-42
2/25-29 QUIZ 6, Lessons 43, 44, 46
3/3-7 QUIZ 7, Lessons 47, 48, 50
3/10-14 QUIZ 8, Lessons 53-54, Review/Flex Day
Final Exam
Monday, March 17, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Course Requirements

Text and Approach

Our textbook is Paula Saffire and Catherine Freis's Ancient Greek Alive (3rd edition, UNC Press):

For the most part, Ancient Greek Alive is a traditional Greek textbook, with each lesson clearly and rigorously treating a basic topic in Greek grammar. These topics are mastered through exercises and readings, both ancient and made-up (but fun). What makes the book (and our course) unusual is that, before beginning on the grammar lessons, students spend a couple of weeks "priming the pump" with in-class conversational exchanges.

The point of this is not to treat ancient Greek as a modern language — for better or for worse, we will drop the oral emphasis after the first two weeks, and you will only be tested on your grammar skills (reading, writing, grammatical analysis), never on your conversational skills! Rather, the point is to familiarize ourselves, rapidly and informally and with a minimum of effort, with many of the Greek language's basic words and structures. We thus feel a little bit of natural ease when we encounter the grammatical paradigms and rules on more formal terms.


Requirements and Grading

Quizzes 35%
Midterm 15%
Final Exam 25%
Participation, Attendance, Written assignments 25%

Attendance is mandatory. Regular, punctual attendance and completion of all assignments are the minimal requirements for passing this course. Any arrangements for absences or missed work must be agreed to in advance.


Course Policies

Office Hours. My scheduled office hours (Humanities 214A) are Mon. 9:30-10:30, Thu. 2:30-3:30. But I am usually in my office and hoping that you will come by to talk about Greek! In addition, please email or call me to make an appointment, which can usually be arranged with very short notice if I am in my office. I also encourage you to email me as often as you like to ask questions about Greek or to run your ideas by me.

Academic Honor Code. All work submitted for this course must be your own. You may work with others in preparing assignments other than take-home quizzes. If you ever have any question about the propriety of collaboration, please consult with me.

Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code. The Academic Honor System of Union College is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to: A full statement of Union's Academic Honor Code may be found in the Student Handbook (PDF). See also Union's statement on plagiarism.

Disabilities. It is Union College policy to make accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you have any disability or special concern, please let me know what your needs are in order that they may be accommodated. All discussions will remain confidential to the extent permissible by law.

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations must also:


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