Summer Greek Workshop


The Department of Classics offered The Intensive Greek Workshop during Summer Semester 2014 (May 5 to August 1) for 12 credits. This Workshop met daily from 9:00-12:00 and from 1:00-4:00, covering all the Greek grammar needed to read Attic and Koine authors in the first half; the second half was spent reading Plato, Lysias and the New Testament, as well as a selection of other authors based on student interest.

This course requires a full-time commitment from both the teachers and the students. Typically there are two to four hours of homework every day, a quiz every morning and a three hour exam every Monday. During the first half of the term, the emphasis falls on the memorization of forms and on learning and applying the basic rules of Greek syntax and grammar. Morning classes begin with a quiz and then go over the exercises for the previous evening; afternoon classes introduce new forms and basic grammatical concepts in a lecture. Staff are available for office hours before, during and after the workshop and students are able to call instructors at home if there are difficulties with any of the evening’s assignment. Online flashcards are available to assist in learning the Greek vocabulary in the textbook. We are committed to helping students learn to read and use Greek in a very short time and will do what we can to make this possible. It is NOT recommended that students hold down jobs or have other significant commitments during the Workshop.

During the second half of the term, the class reads sections from major writers of the Attic and Koine dialects. Plato, Lysias and the New Testament are the assigned texts; we try to meet the interests and needs of students in segments devoted to other selections (Homer, tragedy etc.).