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GREEK 3C03 Greek Drama

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Mattison


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 705

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24577

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:30-10:30

Course Objectives:

This course will introduce students to the beauty of tragic poetry, diction, and plot development.  In addition to matters of syntax and grammar, we will discuss metre, staging, and the social context of performance.  Students are encouraged to raise any issues they desire for class discussion.  Tragedy is a dynamic genre and each reader (and audience member) will have their own interpretation of the play; being willing to share individual insight and questions will help make this a rich course for all involved.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Euripides Electra. H.M. Roisman and C.A.E. Luschnig (eds). U of Oklahoma Press

Method of Assessment:

Participation                                                                                                    10%

Midterm Test (Friday, February 16)                                                               30%

Sight Test (Monday, March 26)                                                                      10%

2 Scansion quizzes (Fri., Feb. 2; Fri., March 9)                      [5% each]        10%

Final Exam (Date TBA)                                                                                  40%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Missing the midterm test and sight test will result in a mark of zero unless you provide me with appropriate documentation of serious illness or severe personal distress or I receive notification from your home faculty office. There are no make up midterm tests.  Should you provide me with appropriate documentation, the weight of the midterm will be transferred to the next element of the course requirements.  You will, however, be granted a make up sight test in the event of illness or personal distress, provided appropriate documentation is in order.

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:

Reading Schedule

Monday, January 8: 24

Wednesday, January 10: 63

Friday, January 11: 111

January 15: 165

January 17: 212

 January. 18: 245

January 22:  289

January 24: 338

 January. 25: 400

January 29: 431

January 31: 486

 February 2: 523 (scansion quiz)

February 5: 565

February 7: 605

February. 9: 645

February 12: 697

February 14: 745

 February. 16: Midterm

February 26: 773

February 28: 823

 March 2: 865

March 5: 906

March 7: 956

 March 9: 987(scansion quiz)

March 12: 1026

March 14: 1075

March 16: 1115

March. 19: 1155

March 21: 1205

March 23: 1257

March. 26: Sight test

March 28: 1305

March 30: 1359

April 2 [catch-up]

April 4 [catch-up]

April 6  [catch-up]

April 9 [catch-up]






Other Course Information:

Your participation mark will be calculated based on attendance, preparation, and willingness to translate in class.  Everyone is encouraged to ask questions on points of grammar and interpretation.  If you are struggling with something, chances are so are others.