Elementary Greek I and II

GRK 101/GRK 102
GRK 101

Credit: 4 hours

Introduces ancient Greek (both classical and koine), including the reading of simple prose. 


HISTORY: From the Greek "historia", an inquiry; to investigate the past in order to understand our roots.
PHILOSOPHY: From the Greek "philosophia", the love of wisdom; the quest for truth and meaning.
POETRY: From the Greek "poiein", to make or create something; to use the magic of words to evoke and inspire.
DRAMA: From the Greek "drao", to act; to use masks and fiction to teach the deepest truths.

Challenge yourself, Expand your horizons, LEARN THE GREEK!

In GRK 101 / GRK 102 students read:

  • PLATO: Ask "the big questions" of human existence with one of the giants of western philosophy. What is justice? Does the soul exist? What form of government is best? Reading Plato in Greek is a powerful way to think through these timeless questions—and find your own answers.
  • SAINT JOHN: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Considered the most poetic and most theologically complex of the four Gospels, reading John in Greek will give believers and nonbelievers alike a new way to approach Christianity.
  • HOMER: Monsters and warriors, heroes and kings, gods and goddesses, and all the ordinary women and men caught up in the epic events of the Iliad and Odyssey. Ancient Greece's most profound statement about what it means to be human.
  • EPICTETUS: Enslaved in his youth, without the privileges of wealth or citizenship enjoyed by the other Greek philosophers, Epictetus shows us how philosophy can be a way of life and a path to freedom.
  • AND MANY MORE. By the end of the course, students will be able to read original texts in Classical and Biblical Greek with confidence and have a strong foundation for more advanced study.

Credit: 4 Hours

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