Ancient Greek

Yale-NUS offers various courses in the Ancient Greek Program. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty.

Faculty

Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the OurCORS site. For a complete list of Ancient Greek courses, see below.

YLG1201 Beginning Ancient Greek

Instructor(s): Lasthiotaki Eleftheria

Pre-requisite(s): None

This is an introductory course of language instruction in ancient Attic Greek for beginners, designed to give students a decent reading level by the end of the semester. The course instruction is four days a week. Apart from gaining an introductory familiarity with the syntax and vocabulary of ancient Greek texts, students will develop an associated cultural knowledge in ancient Greek society and literary/ dramatic production.

YLG2202 Intermediate Ancient Greek

Instructor(s): Lasthiotaki Eleftheria

Pre-requisite(s): YLG1201 Beginning Ancient Greek or with permission of the instructor or YLG2201 Intensive Elementary Greek

This course is designed to give students a more solid reading level by the end of the semester. The course instruction is four days a week. Apart from gaining a familiarity with additional vocabulary and the more complex constructions of ancient Greek – especially those involving optative and subjunctive – students will through their more extensive reading develop an increased cultural knowledge in ancient Greek society and literary/dramatic production.

YLG3201 Advanced Ancient Greek Prose

Instructor(s): Lasthiotaki Eleftheria

Pre-requisite(s): YLG2202 Intermediate Classical Greek or equivalent (instructor’s approval)

This course is designed to give students a familiarity with a fuller range of the more complex grammar of ancient Greek, and to give them an opportunity to read in a more focused manner specific examples of non-adapted ancient Greek texts in the original. This course will focus on Greek prose; possible authors may include selections from Herodotus, Lysias, Thucydides, or Plato with appropriate commentaries and secondary literature. As well as gaining a deeper understanding of the syntax, grammar, and the different dialects of ancient Greek, students will develop an increased cultural knowledge in ancient Greek society and historical and philosophical concerns of the period.

YLG3202 Advanced Ancient Greek Poetry

Instructor(s): Lasthiotaki Eleftheria

Pre-requisite(s): YLG2202 Intermediate Ancient Greek or equivalent (instructor’s approval)

This course is designed to give students a familiarity with a fuller range of the more complex grammar of ancient Greek, and to give them an opportunity to read in a more focused manner specific examples of non-adapted ancient Greek texts in the original. This course will focus on Greek poetry; possible authors may include selections from Homer, Greek Lyric, Greek drama, or Hellenistic poetry with appropriate commentaries and secondary literature. As well as gaining a deeper understanding of the syntax, grammar, and the different dialects of ancient Greek, students will develop an increased cultural knowledge in ancient Greek society and literary/ dramatic production.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Euripides:Medea Donald Mastronarde edited Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics 9780521643863


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, click on the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By studying Ancient Greek, students will be able to:

  • Master Greek grammar and vocabulary
  • Read Ancient Greek texts
  • Become familiar with Ancient Greek Drama (comedy and tragedy) and Ancient Greek History via primary sources
  • Learn the geography and diversity of the Ancient Greek world
  • Work towards the completion of the Global Antiquity Minor requirements

Resources