Course Syllabus

Course Description

Greek 103 continues the Elementary Greek sequence. Having learned a great deal of basic morphology and syntax, as well as conversational skills, in Greek 101 and 102, we continue to apply those to a course of graded readings to revise and extend our current understanding of Attic Greek. We aim for consistency of practice and slow, gradual progress.


A passing grade of C- or better satisfies the BCOM Communication requirement of the General University Requirements (GUR).  The university requires that the following be noted on the syllabus:

The Communication requirement provides an opportunity to develop the literacies and skills needed to convey ideas effectively in a variety of contexts. This area includes courses in writing, speaking and information technology literacy, and aims to foster an ability to reason critically by analyzing situations and adapting messages to particular audiences in particular contexts. The ability to express ideas clearly, creatively, and correctly is fundamental to a quality undergraduate education, and essential for active participation in a democracy.

I would, since this is a Greek class, note that the University does not mean by "democracy" what the ancient Greeks meant by δημοκρατία. This course addresses the following GUR competencies:

  • Analyze and communicate ideas effectively in oral, written, and visual forms
  • Analyze and interpret information from varied sources, including print and visual media
  • Explore, imagine and create

Language Skills Objectives


  • Continuous System
    • Present Tense Passive
    • Imperfect Tense Active, Middle, Passive
    • Continuous Subjunctive Active, Middle, Passive
    • Continuous Optative Active, Middle, Passive
  • Future System
    • Future Tense Passive
    • Future Participle Active, Middle, Passive
  • Aorist System
    • Aorist Tense Active, Middle, Passive
    • Aorist Imperative Active, Middle, Passive
    • Aorist Infinitive Active, Middle, Passive
    • Aorist Participle Active, Middle, Passive
    • Aorist Subjunctive Active, Middle, Passive
    • Aorist Optative Active, Middle, Passive
    • Learn Strong Aorists
  • Irregular verbs: φημί, ἔβην (βαίνω), ἔγνων (γιγνώσκω)

This leaves, in effect, the Perfect System for Greek 201.


  • review irregular nouns: ὁ υἱός, τοῦ υἱοῦ
  • new irregular nouns: τὸ ἄστυ, τοῦ ἄστεως

ἐπίθετα ὀνόματα

  • review μεγάλη, μέγας, μέγαν
  • review εῖα, ύς, ύ ἐπίθετα: ταχεῖα, ταχύς, ταχύ
  • review third declension ἐπίθετα of two terminations (ἀληθής, ἀληθές)
  • πᾶσα, πᾶς, πᾶν
  • πολλή, πολύς, πολύ


  • Constructions of Time and Space
  • General Sentences
  • Indirect Discourse
  • Jussive Sentences
  • Verbs of Fearing


Miller Krause ( )

Phone: Microsoft Teams has replaced phones across what used to be campus.

Office Hours: By appointment, or contact me on Discord.

Course Materials

You will need a copy of the following textbook, which you should already have from Greek 102:

Peckett, C. and Munday, A. 1970. Thrasymachus. London: Bristol Classical Press. ISBN 0-86292-139-2.

That should run between $30 and $40 new, which is not bad for a language textbook.

You should already have a copy of Smyth's Greek Grammar and a basic lexicon; you can always use or Logeion as a dictionary.

University Services for Students

I am more than happy to make accommodations for students with disabilities or other special needs. So that the Disability Access Center (DAC, formerly DRS) office can ensure that your needs are being met appropriately, all requests for accommodation must be made through the MyDAC system every quarter: accommodations do not automatically roll-over into future quarters. New students should enroll with the DAC office to receive accommodations.

Phone: (360) 650-3083

The Student Health Center not only provides primary care services but also handles documentation of medical issues for you, making your life easier.

Phone: (360) 650-3400

In the case of a family or personal crisis or emergency, please contact the Office of Student Life. During a personal or family crisis, the Office of Student Life can coordinate arrangements with all of your professors for you, making your life easier.

Phone: (360) 650-3706

Course Requirements and Grading

Spring 2021 COVID Grading Policies

The Provost's Office has gathered all the COVID grading policies on one convenient page.

Traditional Letter Grading Scale

This is a graphic representation of the course grading scale.

Course Requirements

Attendance and Participation (10%)

Course meetings will be on Microsoft Teams, to which the University has been transitioning its communications (including the entire phone system). You do not have to use a camera for class (ancient Greek has nothing to do with your visual appearance), but you will need a microphone. I recommend a wired microphone headset—bluetooth headsets tend to have poor sound quality.

This quarter I shall take attendance. There are only four of you, so that is not difficult. Canvas will automagically drop three attendance grades. Athletes and anyone planning on missing class for athletics, university-sponsored events, military duty, or religious holidays should inform me of absences in advance. That lets me excuse absences and add time to Canvas assignments for those students in advance. Within the first two weeks of class, give me a letter listing the games/matches/meets, events, military service, or holidays requiring absences for the quarter, so that I can plan ahead to help you stay on track. I like planning ahead.

Most classes will involve reading and discussion in Greek of readings from Thrasymachus. Prepare the reading the night before. You'll find vocabulary starting on p. 163.

μελετήματα (Practice Assignments, 40%)

For each chapter of reading, you will have many written μελετήματα or exercises. I have spaced them out to give you consistent and constant practice, usually five days a week. Each μελέτημα closes at midnight the day after it is due, so you cannot save them up to do at the end of the week (although you could work ahead).

Canvas will automagically drop the three lowest grades for μελετήματα.

συγγράμματα (Compositions, 20%)

The μελετήματα are short-form responses; you'll also have weekly συγγράμματα (longer-form compositions) to write on simple themes, like "What do you like to do after class?" The point here is to express yourself in a simple paragraph in Greek. You may lie—I don't really care what you like to do after class, and you don't have to tell me your secrets. In fact, lying may be better, because it lets you adapt your response to your own proficiency and comfort zone.

Like μελετήματα, συγγράμματα close the day after they are due.

ἐξετάσεις (Tests, 20%)

There are three short ἐξετάσεις or tests, dividing the quarter into four smaller quarters (chapters 12–13, 14–15, 16–19, and 20–22). The first two are due on Saturdays, the third on a Thursday, but they all close on the following Monday. That should give you plenty of time.

ἡ ἐσχάτη ἐξέτασις (Final Examination, 10%)

You can submit the final examination on Canvas at any time during exam week. It will cover everything in the spring quarter.

Course Schedule

I have laid out below a tentative schedule for the spring quarter. Any changes will be announced in class.

Course Summary:

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