διπλοῦν ὁρῶσιν οἱ μαθόντες γράμματα.     Greek Courses at Saint Paul's School

The line above is attributed
to Pythagoras, and means: "Those who know letters
see double [as much as
those who don't].

At St. Paul's, two ancient
languages is more than
double the fun!

Greek language and culture was
different from Roman in the
most interesting ways. Many
SPS students take Greek as
well as Latin!

Here is a summary of our
course offerings in Greek.

Greek Classes

Beginning Greek:

Greek 1

Greek 1 provides an introduction to Attic Greek forms, vocabulary, and grammar, employing readings of graduated difficulty. Students also learn Greek mythology (the main gods, goddesses, and heroes), the historical origins of Greek civilization, the geography of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, and aspects of daily life in ancient Greece.

Text: Athenaze, by Balme and Lawall.

 

2nd Year:

Greek 2

Students in Greek 2 begin with a review of beginning Greek grammar, then learn the more complex verb forms and dependent clauses using the optative and subjunctive moods. Readings consist of prose passages from Plato, Xenophon, Thucydides, and Herodotus, as well as lines of poetry in dactylic hexameter.  Students learn the history of the classical period, including the Athenian Empire and the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.

Text: Athenaze, by Balme and Lawall, plus readings from Greek authors.

 

3rd Year:

Advanced Greek 3

Students in Advanced Greek 3 translate long passages from Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey. Students also read the entire work in English, in order to appraise and appreciate Homer’s literary artistry. The course and supplementary readings emphasize epic poetics and the “Homeric Question,” along with Bronze Age history, art, and archaeology. Samplings from other works of poetry and prose may be included at the discretion of the instructor.

(Opportunities for study beyond the 3rd year level may be available by permission of the department.)