Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook

Greek (GRK)

GRK 1101  (c)   Elementary Greek I  

Every Spring. Enrollment limit: 18.  

Introduces students to basic elements of ancient Greek grammar and syntax; emphasizes the development of reading proficiency and includes readings, both adapted and in the original, of various Greek authors. Focuses on Attic dialect.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.

GRK 1102  (c)   Elementary Greek II  

Robert Sobak.
Every Fall. Fall 2019. Enrollment limit: 18.
  

A continuation of Greek 1101; introduces students to more complex grammar and syntax, while emphasizing the development of reading proficiency. Includes readings, both adapted and in the original, of Greek authors such as Plato and Euripides. Focuses on Attic dialect.

Prerequisites: GRK 1101 or Placement in GRK 1102.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.

GRK 2203  (c)   Intermediate Greek for Reading  

Every Spring. Enrollment limit: 18.  

A review of the essentials of Greek grammar and syntax and an introduction to the reading of Greek prose through the study of one of Plato’s dialogues. Equivalent of Greek 1102 or two to three years of high school Greek is required.

Prerequisites: GRK 1102 or Placement in GRK 2203.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.

GRK 2204  (c, IP)   Homer  

Jennifer Clarke Kosak.
Every Fall. Fall 2019. Enrollment limit: 18.
  

An introduction to the poetry of Homer. Focuses both on reading and on interpreting Homeric epic. All materials and coursework in Greek.

Prerequisites: GRK 2203 or Placement in GRK 2204.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.

GRK 3302  (c)   Lyric Poetry  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 18.  

Introduces students to three major types of early Greek poetry: Choral Lyric (Pindar and Bacchylides), Monodic Lyric (Sappho, Alcaeus, Simonides, and Anacreon), and Elegy (Archilochus, Tyrtaeus, Solon, Xenophanes, Simonides, and Theognis). Research Seminar.

Prerequisites: GRK 2204 or Placement in GRK 3000 level.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2016.

GRK 3303  (c)   The Historians  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 16.  

Focuses on the histories of Herodotus or Thucydides. Course may be repeated for credit if the contents change. Research seminar.

Prerequisites: GRK 2204 or Placement in GRK 3000 level.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2019, Spring 2017.

GRK 3305  (c)   Greek Tragedy  

Jennifer Clarke Kosak.
Non-Standard Rotation. Fall 2019. Enrollment limit: 12.
  

Introduces the genre of tragedy through the reading of Sophocles' play “Philoctetes.” Considers the nature of tragedy, the particular style and interests of Sophocles, the place of the play within Sophocles' works, his relationship to other tragedians, and the role of theater in classical Athens. Several other tragedies read in translation. Final portion devoted to a production of a section of the play in Greek.

Prerequisites: GRK 2204 or Placement in GRK 3000 level.

GRK 3308  (c)   The Alexandrian Age  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 16.  

Examines Greek literature of the Alexandrian Age, the period after the Alexandrian conquest of much of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Mesopotamian regions, when the Greeks had established new centers of their culture and society in other lands, such as Assyria and Egypt. It was an era of innovation and at the same time intense engagement with the past. Writers of this period, also known as the Hellenistic Period, such as Callimachus, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Theocritus, looked to the past to maintain and ensure their Greek cultural identity, even as they interacted with the new cultures and societies around them. The course seeks to determine the specific “Hellenistic” qualities of different literary works, investigating both their links to the past and their participation in contemporary Mediterranean cultures.

Prerequisites: GRK 2204 or Placement in GRK 3000 level.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2018.