(Traditional and New Testament)


Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046


Carpenter 15

M-F 9:00-10:00

Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00

or by appointment


Teaching Assistant: Jennifer Hoit (


Required Text:  Luschnig, An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach


Course Description:

                  Greek 010 is designed to introduce the student to the elements of basic Greek grammar and syntax, building the vocabulary and comprehension of the basic structures of the language in order to prepare the student for the reading of real ancient Greek prose.  In addition to laying out the structures of the language, the course also provides the student with experience in reading simple Greek sentences and prose passages to facilitate the process of reading continuous prose.


Course Requirements:

Class participation:

                  Participation, of course, includes attendance, since you cannot participate if you are not in class.  If, for some reason, you cannot attend class, please inform me in advance.  In each class session, we will translate aloud, either from the textbook drills and exercises or from the portions of the text assigned for the week.  Please be prepared to translate any of the readings or exercises specified in the previous class session.  If, for some reason, you cannot prepare for class, please attend anyway - you will be better prepared for the next class. 

                  Participation also includes the homework assignments, which will be due in the class after they are assigned.  Since the purpose of these assignments is rather for practice than for evaluating progress, you should make sure to ask about any difficulties you encountered in the assignment before turning in the papers.  Exercises may be typed or handwritten, but, if the latter, please ensure that they are legible.



                  There will be a short (15 minute) quiz every Monday on the material covered in the previous week.  One quiz may be missed without penalty, but there are no make-up quizzes.  If no quiz is missed, the lowest quiz grade may be dropped.  The quizzes are intended to ensure that you keep up with the new concepts being introduced and to give you further practice to build your Greek syntax and vocabulary.



                  There will be a mid-term and a final for this class on all the materials covered to that date in class.  The midterm will be at the end of the week before the fall break, while the final exam will be self-scheduled during exam period.


Grade Distribution:

Class Participation                             25%

Quizzes                                                     40%

Midterm Exam                                     15%

Final Exam                                             20%


Tentative Course Plan


Week 1. 8/31-9/4 – Introduction and Lesson I

Introduction to the class – logistics and grammar review

Greek alphabet – vowels and consonants

accents and syllables

Sophias Hymn

verbs - present indicative


Week 2. 9/7-11 – Lesson I

ω verbs - present indicative (active and middle-passive voices)

nouns - 1st (-η) and 2nd (-ο) declensions


prepositions and particles


Week 3. 9/14-18 – Lesson II

ω verbs - imperfect indicative (active and middle-passive voices)

irregular verbs – εἰμί

adjectives - -ος, -η, -ον & -ος, -ον

relative pronoun

articular infinitive; accusative and dative of respect


Week 4. 9/21-25 – Lesson III

ω verbs - future indicative (active and middle voices), principal parts

1st declension variations

demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

genitive of separation and agent; uses of ὑό


Week 5. 9/28-10/2 – Lesson IV

ω verbs - aorist indicative (active and middle voices)

1st and 2nd aorists; principal parts

compound verbs

irregular verbs – φημί

indirect statement


Week 6. 10/5-9 – Lesson V

nouns – 3rd declension (consonant and vowel bases)




Week 7. 10/12-16  Fall Break




Week 8. 10/21-23 – Lesson VI

adjectives – 3rd declension (-ης, -ες types and 3rd/1st/3rd declension types)

adjectives – irregular types

result clauses (actual and intended)

temporal and conditional clauses


Week 9. 10/28-30 – Lesson VII

participles – definitions and forms

participles – uses and constructions (genitive absolute)


Week 10. 11/2-6 – Lesson VIII

pronouns – interrogative, indefinite, relative indefinite, & reciprocal

verbs – perfect active system (perfect, pluperfect, future perfect), fourth principal part


Week 11. 11/9-13 – Lesson IX

pronouns – personal, reflexive; possessive adjectives, dative of possession

verbs – perfect middle-passive system (perfect, pluperfect, future perfect), fifth principal part

dative of agent

time constructions with genitive, dative and accusative


Week 12. 11/16-20 – Lesson X

adjectives – comparisons

adverbs – formation and comparison

declension of numbers

verbs – aorist and future passive; sixth principal part


Week 13. 11/23-27 – readings and review



Week 14.11/30-12/4 – Lesson XI

contract verbs – accent, forms of –αω, -εω, -οω verbs

contract nouns – accent, forms


Week 15. 12/7-11 - Review


Final Exam - self-scheduled