Santa Clara University

Department of Classics

Greek Courses

CLAS 21      Elementary Greek I
Introduction to vocabulary, forms, and grammar of Attic Greek. Development of reading skills with supporting exercises in writing. No language laboratory. (4 units)

CLAS 22      Elementary Greek II
Continuation of Greek I. (4 units)

CLAS 23      Elementary Greek III
Completion of Greek grammar. Introduction to reading Greek literature. (4 units)

CLAS 151     Lucian
Selections from the author’s satirical treatments of mythology, history, philosophy, and rhetoric and/or from the fantasy called A True Story. Lucian’s place in the Second Sophistic. (5 units)

CLAS 152     Homer's Odyssey
Selected passages demonstrating the fusion of the heroic and the romantic in an epic of peacetime. Consideration of epic meter and conventions. (5 units)

CLAS 153     Euripides
A complete tragic drama. Attention to characterization, dramatic structure, and poetry, and to Euripides’ place in the history of tragedy. Metrical reading of dialogue. (5 units)

CLAS 154     Herodotus
Selections from the Persian Wars. Herodotus’ achievements and limitations as the “Father of History.” Peculiarities of the Ionic dialect. (5 units)

CLAS 155     Plato
Careful reading from one or more dialogues such as Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Republic. Detailed study of dialogue mode of discourse; overview of Plato’s philosophy. (5 units)

CLAS 156     Greek New Testament
Readings selected from the Koine Greek text of the New Testament with a concentration on the gospels, Acts, or the epistles. Close reading of the text with a view to theological implications of the vocabulary. Introduction to primary research tools. (5 units)

CLAS 157     Hesiod
Selected readings from Hesiod’s two poems, Works and Days and Theogony. (5 units)

CLAS 161     Homer: Iliad
Selected passages illustrating the course and consequences of the wrath of Achilles and the nature of the hero. Consideration of epic meter and conventions. (5 units)

CLAS 162     Sophocles
A complete tragic drama. Attention to characterization, dramatic structure, and poetry, and to the author’s particular contributions to the development of the tragic form. Metrical reading of the text. (5 units)

CLAS 163     Aeschylus
A complete tragic drama. Attention to characterization, dramatic structure, and poetry, and to the author’s particular contributions to the development of the tragic form. Metrical reading of the text. (5 units)

CLAS 164     Oratory
Selections from a representative Greek orator such as Demosthenes or Lysias. Consideration of classical rhetorical forms and topoi. (5 units)

CLAS 167     Special Topics in Greek Poetry
Occasional courses in selected authors or genres for advanced students. Possible topics: Lyric, Homeric Hymns, or Pindar. (5 units)

CLAS 168     Special Topics in Greek Prose
Occasional courses in selected authors or genres for advanced students. Possible topics: Thucydides or Xenophon. (5 units)

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