Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046

Carpenter 13

M-F 10:00-11:00

Office Hours: MWF 2:30-3:30

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 (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%



September 1-5 -- Hansen & Quinn, Introduction

Introduction to the class

Greek alphabet

Sophias Hymn



September 8-12 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 1

nouns (1st and 2nd declensions)


word order


September 15-19 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 2

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

subject-verb agreement



principal parts and the synopsis of a verb


September 22-26 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 3 & 4

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

1st declension nouns

adjectives of 1st and 2nd declension


September 29- October 3 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 4 & 5

conditional sentences

verbs - passive voice


October 6-10 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 5 & 6

genitive of agent

dative of agent and means

substantive adjectives and articles

3rd declension nouns

relative pronouns

independent subjunctives

prepositions of time/space


October 13-17 - Fall break


October 20-24 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 1-6

Review and Exam


October 27-31 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 7 & 8

verbs - middle voice

independent optatives


relative conditionals


participles and their uses


November 3-7 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 8 & 9

participles and their uses

contract verbs

subjective and objective genitives

datives of manner and respect


November 10-14 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 9 & 10


3rd declension nouns and adjectives

o contract verbs

accusative and infinitive

result clauses


November 17-21 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 10 & 11



review of verbs

temporal clauses

genitive absolute


November 24-28 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 12

-mi verbs

fear clauses




December 1-5 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 12 & 13

- mi verbs

object clauses

accusative of respect


December 8-12 -- Hansen & Quinn, Ch. 1-13

more -mi verbs



Final Exam - self-scheduled