Department of Classics

Intensive Greek offered in Summer 2012

Mon, March 26, 2012
Intensive Greek offered in Summer 2012
Intensive Greek, Class of 2009, with Prof. Tom Palaima and Assistant Instructor James Patterson, holding Prof. Gareth Morgan's portrait.


For nearly forty years, UT’s Intensive Summer Greek program has given students of diverse backgrounds and interests a rapid and deep understanding of the Greek language and fostered an abiding love of Greek prose and poetry.  The ten-week program has no prerequisites: no previous knowledge of Greek is required or assumed; and students who have already had a semester or two of Greek can solidify their grasp of how the language works and why it is so rich a vehicle for verbal expression.

Praise from program alumni:

"The fastest way to go from zero to sixty in Ancient Greek. I've never had as much fun in a course as I did in that one and never understood a foreign or ancient language so well." – Will Bibee, PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies (Class of 2003)

"The best intellectual experience of my life to date." – Dhananjay Jagannathan, PhD candidate in Philosophy (Class of 2007)

"Summer Greek offered a cohort experience like no other. Fellow students, TAs, and faculty were endlessly supportive. Lexis is one of the most impressive textbooks I've ever worked with.... This is really how serious students ought to learn foreign languages." – Patricia Monticello Kievlan, educator and professional instructional designer (Class of 2003)

"One of the best investments of time I have ever made." – Jack Tannous, PhD in History (Class of 2002)

"Gave me the chance to refine my goals as an undergraduate, to know myself better, and develop a skill that I'll utilize for a lifetime. It is still one of the best educational experiences of my life." – Daniel Kievlan, MD (Class of 2003)

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Some Details

We use our own textbook and reader: Lexis, designed by the late Gareth Morgan, former UT Professor of Classics.  All of its exercises are based on authentic passages of classical Greek.  By the second week, students read unadulterated passages of the historian Herodotus.  Attention to word formation in these readings helps build Greek vocabulary efficiently.  By the end of five weeks, students are ready to plunge into classical Attic authors and Homer’s epic verse.

Students who successfully complete the course are prepared to proceed to Intermediate Greek (GK 311 at UT), and dedicated students are often able to advance directly to higher levels (such as GK 324 at UT).  Students in many other fields find that Greek enriches and informs their own studies too.

Students must register for both GK W804 and W412. The course runs through both summer sessions, meeting five hours a day for 10 weeks (May 31-August 11, 2012). Satisfactory completion of the sequence counts for 12 semester credit hours. Classes working under these language-saturation conditions consistently achieve an enthusiasm and spirit that promotes an exceptionally rich learning experience. In the second half (W412), along with ample grammar review, we read Homer's Odyssey Book 9, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and selected supplementary readings. Outside of class we have informal play and poetry readings. Come join us!

For more information about the content of the course, contact Professor Lesley Dean-Jones.

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