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Greek Courses 1st-2nd Semester

Semester 01

ΦΦΑ01 - Greek Prose Language and Composition – Exercises on Grammar and Style

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of Latin literature from its beginnings until the 4th century AD. The various genres are treated in their development through time, along with the life and work of the most eminent exponents of each genre. This course also aims at expanding and deepening the students’ knowledge on Latin grammar and syntax, as well as at enriching their Latin vocabulary through the study of selected Latin prose passages. Particular emphasis is laid on the treatment of translation problems and on the familiarization of students with translation techniques both from Latin into Greek and vice versa. 

ΦΦΑ02 - Herodotus

Introduction to Herodotus: Homer and Historical Epic. General characteristics of the historiographical tradition of Ionia. Herodotus (biography; travels; education; the beginning and the end of his work; the historical context; novellas and anecdotes; Herodotus as a historial; Jacoby’s theory; style and language of Herodotus). Study of selected passages from the 9 books of the Histories.

Semester 02

ΦΦΑ03 - Attic Oratory

The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to the ancient Greek rhetoric and give them a considerable insight into the oratory of the 4th century BC. We read the entire text of the speech On the Crown by Demosthenes – the masterpiece of classical rhetorical prose. We focus more on selected passages which we analyze in detail from a philological, historical and rhetorical point of view.

ΦΦΑ04  – Sophocles [with an Introduction to the genre of Dramatic Poetry and in particular Tragedy]

Brief introduction to ancient Greek tragedy, and more specifically to Sophocles’ tragic plays. Detailed interpretation and commentary of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus, with emphasis on the study of the text (speech, structure, style, language). Principal goal of the interpretation throughout will be to illustrate the particular identity of the sophoclean hero, who is neither completely good nor completely bad, but problematic, since the features that put together his ‘goodness’ – extremes sense of honor, internal and external loneliness, integrity, headstrongness, persistence—are composites of his negative side, as well, thus driving him to a clash against gods and mortals alike.