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GREEK 1Z03 Beg Intn Anc Grk 1

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2017

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Reeves

Email: reevesjm@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 703

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23379


Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:30

Course Objectives:

Greek 1Z03 is for students beginning the study of Ancient Greek. We will embark on a study of the basics of Greek vocabulary and syntax with the goal of completing the first 19 chapters of Groton’s grammar (From Alpha to Omega). Students will continue with Groton’s text in term two, and will complete the remainder in Greek 2A03.

A note on student responsibilities: Please be aware that (as with any language course) there will be a great deal of memorization required for the course, and that THE MAJORITY OF YOUR WORK MUST BE DONE AT HOME. Your commitment to preparation is paramount to our ability to move productively through the readings. In-class participation is an essential part of both the learning and evaluative process for any language class. Students must, therefore, be prepared and willing to give answers when called upon.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A. H. Groton, From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek, 4th edition (Focus, 2013).

J. Bruss, From Alpha to Omega: Ancillary Exercises (Focus, 2013).

Method of Assessment:

Greek 1Z03 is organized into four, two-hour meetings per week. Students are evaluated according to unit-specific online assignments, several quizzes and homework assignments, and both a midterm and final examination. The lectures are designed to discuss and strengthen your understanding of points of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Attendance at lecture is mandatory, and students are expected to have studied the day’s lesson before class in order to be familiar with the topic and be able to participate effectively. The quizzes serve both to assess your immediate comprehension of lessons and to help strengthen your abilities so that you can apply that knowledge on your own in preparation for the midterm and final examinations.

Students are also evaluated according to their participation in class meetings. Such participation is distinguished by active and consistent contribution to discussion, and willingness to answer questions or translate when called upon, rather than mere attendance.

Students will be expected to complete several vocabulary exercises each week at the class vocabulary site: https://dailyvocab.ca

There will be regularly posted assignments on the class Moodle to be completed online as well as an online vocabulary tool. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, usernames for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor. The exercises will be posted at the Greek Courses link at the class Humanities Moodle site: https://classics-moodle.humanities.mcmaster.ca/course/index.php

The login is your McMaster email ID (the part preceding the “@” in your Mac email) [If you have not done so, you will have to activate your Mac ID: http://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/email_accounts/macid.html]. Exercises are self-correcting. Your highest grade for any exercise will be recorded; you may take Moodle quizzes and vocabulary exercises as many times as you like; only the highest grade is recorded.

The breakdown of the final grade is as follows:

Participation                                                    10%

Moodle (web exercises)                                  15%

Vocabulary (web exercises)                            10%

Quizzes                                                           25%

Final Exam                                                      40%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

There are no makeup quizzes in Greek 1Z03. If a student misses a quiz without an excused absence, the result will be a grade of zero on the missed quiz. Failure to write an in-class evaluation even for reasons cleared with the instructor will result in the weight of the missed quiz being transferred to the next appropriate test or assignment.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

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

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

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:




May 1


Chapter 1


May 2

Chapters 2 & 3


May 3

Chapter 4


May 4

Chapter 5


May 8-11

No Class (Instructor Away)


May 15

Chapter 6

Quiz #1

May 16

Chapter 7


May 17

Chapter 8


May 18

Readings and Review

May 22

No Class (Victoria Day)


May 23

Chapter 9

Quiz #2

May 24

Chapter 10


May 25

Readings and Review

May 29

Chapter 11

Quiz #3

May 30

Chapter 12


May 31

Chapters 13 & 14


June 1

Readings and Review

June 5

Chapter 15

Quiz #4

June 6

Chapters 16 & 17


June 7

Chapter 18


June 12

Chapter 19

Quiz #5

June 13

No class


June 14

No lesson - Review


June 15


Final Exam