Greek

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
111f    Introductory Greek    By learning ancient Greek one can explore firsthand the great works of literature, history, philosophy, religion, and the origins of Western civilization, while improving one's English vocabulary and developing analytical skills. Four credit hours.    H. ROISMAN

112s    Intermediate Greek    As facility with ancient Greek grows, students read extracts from the great authors of ancient Greece, including Euripides and Plato, and excerpts from the Bible (Old and New Testament). Prerequisite: Greek 111. Four credit hours.    H. ROISMAN

131f    Introduction to Greek Literature    Selected readings in Greek literature. Successful completion of this course fulfills the College language requirement. Prerequisite: Greek 112. Four credit hours.  L.    H. ROISMAN

232f    Male Deception: Sophocles's Philoctetes     Patriotism vs. integrity, obedience vs. compassion: these opposing virtues tear at the soul of a young soldier facing a moral dilemma. Is scrupulous honesty that brings ruin on your comrades a more noble choice than a cruel deception that sacrifices a pathetic victim for the good of the many? Also, how does an untested young man escape the shadow of his father's legendary exploits and forge an identity of his own? Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.  L.    H. ROISMAN

[235]    The Defense of Socrates: Xenophon's and Plato's Apology     What was Socrates's defense against the charge of impiety? Why was he willing to die? Plato and Xenophon give two different accounts of Socrates's pleas. Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.  L.    

[239]    Revenge and Cowardice: Euripides's Electra    In the Euripidean version of the myth of Electra, the playwright asks his audience what happens when one parent murders the other. How does one reconcile the imperative to avenge a father's murder with matricide? Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.  L.    

[251]    Husbands and Wives: Euripides's Alcestis     Alcestis agrees to die instead of her husband, Admetus. Why? And why does Admetus let her? Is there a tragic character in the play? Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.  L.    

[352]    Zeus's World Order: Hesiod's Theogony     In this poem Hesiod narrates the creation of the world, the births of the gods, the battles they fight, and the eventual rise to power of the god Zeus. Hesiod's poetry is the oldest source for many myths, including those of Prometheus and Pandora. Four credit hours.  L.    

[354]    The Embassy to Achilles: Homer's Iliad, Book 9    An embassy comes to Achilles to convince him to rejoin the Greeks in their battle against Troy. What are the rhetorical strategies that the ambassadors use to convince Achilles to return to battle? Who is more persuasive of the three ambassadors? Why doesn't Achilles accept their arguments? Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.    

[355]    Spy Missions: Iliad 10    Both the Achaeans and the Trojans decide on spy missions. Why? What are their motives, and how are the spies chosen? Are the missions successful, and does either side gain an advantage from their subterfuge? Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.    

356s    The Wrath of Achilles: Homer's Iliad     Achilles's decision not to fight has caused the Greeks many casualties and led to Patroclus's death. We shall read about his decision, its justification, and other heroes' views of Achilles's resolution. Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.  L.    H. ROISMAN

[358]    Politics of Revenge: Sophocles's Electra    Electra's own inaction in the face of her mother's crime is examined in this drama. Each of Greece's great tragedians confronted this horrifying tale of conflicting duties and responsibilities. The differing emphases and perspectives of Euripides and Sophocles will receive particular scrutiny. Prerequisite: Greek 131. Four credit hours.    

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Reading in a field of the student's interest, with essays and conferences. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY