(Traditional and New Testament)


Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046


Carpenter 17

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 011 is designed to conclude the studentŐs introduction to the elements of basic Greek grammar and syntax and 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.  Students will read selections from the New Testament, Plato, and other Greek authors of increaisng length and difficulty over the course of the semester to improve their grasp of the vocabulary and style of ancient Greek as well as to gain a richer understanding of the cultural context o


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. 1/19-22 Review


Week 2. 1/25-29 4 – Lesson XI

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

contract nouns – accent, forms


Week 3. 2/1-5 – Lesson XII

athematic verbs – irregular, -νυμι type, reduplicating type

participles of athematic verbs


Week 4. 2/8-12 – Lesson XIII

Subjunctive and Optative Moods

Forms & Uses of Subjunctive (Hortatory, Prohibitive, Deliberative, Conditions)

Forms & Uses of the Optative (Potential, Wish, Conditions)

Sequence of Moods and Dependent Clauses – Indirect Statement with Optative


Week 5. 2/15-19 – Lesson XIV


Verbal adjectives


Week 6. 2/22-26 Review


Week 7. 3/1-5 Midterm


Week 8. 3/8-12 – spring break


Week 9. 3/15-19 Readings


Week 10. 3/22-26 Readings


Week 11. 3/29-4/2 Readings


Week 12. 4/5-9 Readings


Week 13. 4/12-16 Readings


Week 14. 4/19-23 Readings


Week 15. 4/26-30 Readings


Final Exam - self-scheduled