Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046


Carpenter 17

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, vols. I & II


Course Description:

            Reading Greek for the Golden Age 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.  This second half of the course will complete the student's introduction to ancient Greek grammar and provide more experience with reading extended selections of real ancient Greek 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.  After the grammar is completed, quizzes will cover the readings done in class during the past week.



            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 Weekly Schedule


January 19-23 Review, Hansen & Quinn Chapter 14


January 26-30  Hansen & Quinn Chapters 15 & 16


February 2-6 Hansen & Quinn Chapter 16


February 9-13 Hansen & Quinn Chapters 17 & 18


February 16-20 Hansen & Quinn Chapters 19 & 20


February 23-27 Catch-Up & Review


March 1-5 Review and Exam


March 8-12 - spring break


March 15-19 Readings


March 22-26 Readings


March 29 - April 2 Readings


April 5-9  Readings


April 12-16 Readings


April 19-23 Readings


April 26-30 Readings & Review


Final Exam - self-scheduled