Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046


Carpenter 17

M-F 10:00-11:00

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00

or by appointment



Required Texts:

Hansen & Quinn, Greek: An Intensive Course

Balme & Lawall, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek


Course Description:

            Greek 016 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 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, students should make sure to ask about any difficulties they 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 (10 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%



September 2 - 6 -- Hansen & Quinn, Introduction

Introduction to the class

Greek alphabet

Sophias Hymn



September 9 - 13 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 1

nouns (1st and 2nd declensions)


word order


September 16 - 20 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 2

verbs - present, imperfect, future, & aorist active indicative

subject-verb agreement



principal parts and the synopsis of a verb


September 23 - 27 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 3

verbs - perfect and pluperfect active indicative and infinitive

verbs -  subjunctive (present and aorist active)

verbs - optative (present and aorist active)

sequence of moods

purpose clauses


September 30 - October 4 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 4

1st declension nouns

adjectives of 1st and 2nd declension

conditional sentences


October 7 - 11 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 1-4

Review and Exam


October 14 - 18 - Fall break


October 21 - 25 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 5 & 6

verbs - passive voice

genitive of agent

dative of agent and means

substantive adjectives and articles

3rd declension nouns


October 28 - November 1 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 6 & 7

relative pronouns

independent subjunctives

prepositions of time/space

verbs - middle voice

independent optatives


relative conditionals



November 4 - 8 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 8 & 9

participles and their uses

contract verbs

subjective and objective genitives

datives of manner and respect


November 11 - 15 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 9 & 10


3rd declension nouns and adjectives

o contract verbs

accusative and infinitive

result clauses


November 18 - 22 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 10 & 11



review of verbs

temporal clauses

genitive absolute


November 25 - 29 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 12

-mi verbs

fear clauses




December 2 - 6 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 12 & 13

- mi verbs

object clauses

accusative of respect


December 9 - 13 -- Hansen & Quinn,  Ch. 1-13

more -mi verbs



Final Exam - self-scheduled