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GREEK 3B03 Greek Epic

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Mattison

Email: mattisk@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 705

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24577


Office Hours: Monday 10:30; Wednesday 12:30

Course Objectives:

The goal of this class to introduce students to Greek epic through readings from Homer’s Iliad.  Emphasis will be on developing proficiency and fluidity in reading Greek, but we will also discuss the particularities of Homeric epic such as formulaic language, idiosyncratic grammar, and metre. The class will also devote some discussion to the influence and impact of Homer generally and the Iliad specifically on subsequent literature.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Text

Benner, A.R. Selections from Homer’s Iliad.  University of Oklahoma Press.

Recommended Text 

G. Autenrieth’s A Homeric Dictionary is recommended, though not required.

Method of Assessment:

Participation                                                                                                    15%

Scansion Quiz #1 (Monday, January 25)                                                        5%

Scansion Quiz #2 (Thursday, March 17)                                                        5%

Midterm Test (Thursday, February 11)                                                           25%

Sight Test (Thursday, March 24)                                                                    10%

Final Exam (Date TBA)                                                                                  40%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A missed test or quiz will result in a mark of zero unless you provide me with appropriate documentation of serious illness or severe personal distress.  You must contact me within one week of the scheduled test or quiz; otherwise, a mark of zero will be assigned.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

I have not included a firm reading schedule because our progress depends on you.  Ideally, however, we will read at least 50 lines per class.  If we keep up that pace, we should get through the following:

Book 1: 1-429


Book 3: All

Book 6: 237-502

Book 18: 1-147


Book 22: 100-375

Other Course Information:

Your participation mark will be calculated based on attendance, preparation, and willingness to translate in class. You will be expected to translate based on your preparations, rather than read a prepared translation. Having notes is fine, but you should be weaning yourself from the crutch of a written text.