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GREEK 1ZZ3 BegIntnAncGrk2

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Reeves


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 703

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23379

Office Hours: Fridays 12:00-2:00

Course Objectives:

This course continues the introduction of Ancient Greek to students who are new to the language. We will expand on the basics of grammar introduced during the first term Greek 1Z03, and introduce new concepts, such as the perfect tense, participles, the subjunctive, and optative moods. Our tentative goal will be to have completed Lesson 39, which concludes our study of mood and conditional phrases. By the end of this semester, you will have covered fundamental aspects of Greek grammar and syntax and will have acquired sufficient vocabulary to read and compose simple sentences and paragraphs.

A note on student responsibilities: Please be aware that (as with any language course) there will be a great deal of memorization required for this 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, revised 3rd edition (Focus, 2001). (2nd ed. is fine)

J. Bruss, From Alpha to Omega: Ancillary Exercises (Focus, 1999).

Method of Assessment:

Participation                          20%

Weekly quizzes (11)              25%

Mid-term test                         25%

Final exam                            30%

Greek 1ZZ3 is organized into three, one-hour meetings per week. Students are evaluated according to unit-specific online assignments (part of the participation grade), weekly quizzes, 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, but also to help strengthen your abilities so that you can apply that knowledge on your own in preparation for the midterm and final examinations.

Short quizzes on the previous lessons’ grammar will be set at the beginning of each week. These quizzes are meant to be unit-specific but as with any language class, lessons build upon previously learned concepts such that there is a certain cumulative quality to all assessments. The format of the more extensive evaluations (midterm and final exams) will be discussed in class.

Students are also evaluated according to their participation in class. 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.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

You are allowed to miss two classes, after which you will lose 2 points for every subsequent missed class. Since I am already granting you two missed classes, MSAF forms will not be accepted for missed classes. (That is, your MSAF form will count as an allowable missed class.)

If a student misses any quizzes, it is his or her responsibility to contact the instructor either beforehand or within the week of the absence. Reasons for absence include serious illness or personal distress. Students must contact the instructor as well as provide appropriate documentation to secure relief. There are no makeup quizzes in Greek 1ZZ3. The weight of a missed quiz will be transferred to the next appropriate assessment. The instructor may be contacted in person during office hours, by phone during the day, as well as by email. (See email and website policies below). Students who have written all eleven quizzes will have their lowest quiz mark dropped from their final grade.

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

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

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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 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 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:




Thurs. 1/5

Introduction and Review


Tues. 1/10

Lesson 20


Thurs. 1/12

Lesson 20 Continued


Fri. 1/13

Lesson 21


Tues. 1/17

Lesson 22

Thurs. 1/19

Lesson 22

Fri. 1/20

Lesson 23

Tues. 1/24

Lesson 24

Thurs. 1/26

Lesson 24

Fri. 1/27

Lesson 25

Tues. 1/31

Lesson 25


Thurs. 2/2

Lesson 26


Fri. 2/3

Lesson 27


Tues. 2/7

Lesson 27


Thurs. 2/9

Lesson 28


Fri. 2/10

Lesson 28


Tues. 2/14

Lesson 29


Thurs. 2/16

Lesson 29


Fri. 2/17


Reading Week



Tues. 2/28

Lesson 30


Thur. 3/2

Lesson 31


Fri. 3/3

Lesson 31


Tues. 3/7

Lesson 32

Thur. 3/9

Lesson 32


Fri. 3/10

Lesson 33


Tues. 3/14

Lesson 33/34


Thur. 3/16

Lesson 34


Fri. 3/17

Lesson 35


Tues. 3/21

Lesson 35

Thur. 3/23

Lesson 36


Fri. 3/24

Lesson 36


Tues. 3/28

Lesson 37


Thur. 3/30

Lesson 38


Fri. 3/31


Lesson 38/39

Tues. 4/4

Lesson 39


Thur. 4/5

Discussion of final exam