Department of Classics
6086 Reed Hall Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755
If you take ancient Greek here at Dartmouth, you will get to study some of the great works of Greek literature, even before your third term of learning Greek. You do not need to have any previous experience learning ancient or modern languages. The first two terms, Greek 1 and 3, introduce you to the major grammatical tools for reading Attic Greek (the language spoken and written in Athens during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.). Before you finish Greek 3, you will be sampling works from the classical period of Athenian literature, such as Plato and Xenophon. (Please note that in the Winter term, we offer an intensive course, Greek 1-3, that covers Greek 1 and 3 in one term.)
After this, you will enter an intermediate course, Greek 10, which will be based around a theme or an important text (in Spring 2009, for instance, we read Plato’s Crito and selections from other Platonic dialogues). In this course, you will continue to develop your overall knowledge of the language, and will be able to immerse yourself in some of the ideas circulating in Athens in its political, literary, and philosophical heyday. This three term sequence of Greek 1-10 prepares you for any upper level Greek course. You will be equipped to study a wide range of Greek poetry and prose – epic, lyric poetry, history, drama, philosophy, and New Testament Greek, by authors such as Homer, Sappho, Herodotus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, and Paul.
If you have any questions about introductory Greek, please contact any of the above Professors.
Last Updated: 3/16/12