Introduction to Greek Poetry (Greek 112)

An introduction to Greek poetry through selected readings from Homer’s Iliad in Greek, as well as reading of the Iliad in English, along with selected critical readings on various aspects of Homer and Homeric society.

Books:

Pamela Draper, Homer, Iliad Book 1 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2002) ISBN: 0472069723

Allen Rogers Benner, Selections from Homer’s Iliad (1903, repr. Winnipeg: Red River Books, 2003) ISBN: 9780806133638.

W. B. Owen and  E. J. Goodspeed, Homeric Vocabularies (repr. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1969)

Homer, Iliad, trans. Robert Fagles (London: Penguin, 1999).

More Books (Recommended. Copies available in the seminar room):

Clyde Pharr, Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners (Boston: D.C. Heath & Co., 1922). A fuller and clearer presentation than that given by Benner and Draper, above.

R.J. Cunliffe, A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect. The best Homeric dictionary, with fuller information than that given by Benner and Draper, above.

G.S. Kirk, et al., eds., The Iliad: A Commentary, 6 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985-1993). A full scholarly commentary on the Greek, though without a Greek text.

N. Marinone and F. Guala, Complete Handbook of Greek Verbs. Tricky to use, but helpful for tracking down the dictionary form of irregular verbs.

Grading breakdown:

Quizzes (40%): these will be on translation, but also points of grammar. Make sure to learn the vocab. in full dictionary form, and pay attention to the grammar.

Translation project (15%): compare and critique two published translations of a section of the Iliad, then write your own polished, literary translation of it.

Podcast project (15%): Create a recording of some Homer in Greek, along with a brief intro. and translation, for posting on the college’s blog.

Class preparation and participation (10%): Please do the homework, come to class, and participate. I value your contributions.

 

 

JANUARY

M               20               Introduction.

W               22               Read Iliad 1.1–7.

F                 24               Read 1.8–21 and do worksheet.

 

M               27               Read 1.22–42 and do worksheet.

W               29               Read 1.43–58  and do worksheet

F                 31               Read 1.57–79 and do worksheet.

FEBRUARY

M               3                 Quiz on Iliad 1.1–79.

W               5                 Iliad Books 1–4 in translation.

 

M               10               1.80–100

W               12               1.101–129

F                 14               1.130–160

 

M               17               Iliad Books 5–8 in translation

W               19               1.161–192

F                 21               Quiz on 1.57–192.

 

M               24               Iliad Books 9–12 in translation

W               26               1.193–232

F                 28               1.233–265

 

M               3

W               5

F                 7

 

 

F                 6                 Read 1.105-124  [quiz]

 

M               9                 Read Odyssey 1–4 in English. Simone Weil, “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” (1938).

W               11               Read 1.125-147

F                 13               Read Odyssey 5–8 in English. C.S. Lewis, A Preface to Paradise Lost (1942) 13–26.

 

M               16               Read 1.148-171

W               18               Read 1.172-198

F                 20               Read 1.199-222. [quiz]

 

M               23               1.223-249

W               25               1.250-276

F                 27               1.277-303 [quiz]

 

MARCH

 

M               2                 1.493-516

W               4                 1.517-544

F                 6                 1.545-567 [quiz]

 

SPRING BREAK (March 7–15)

 

M               16               1.568-589

W               18               1.590-611

F                 20               Midterm

 

M               23               Read Odyssey Books 9-12 in English. Jasper Griffin, Homer on Life and Death (1980) 103–143.

W               25               3.1-32

F                 27               3.33-66

 

M               30               3.41-66

APRIL

W               1                 3.67-85 [quiz]

F                 3                 3.86-107. Translation project due.

 

M               6                 3.109-128. Scan lines 111-120 and read aloud, turn in a .mp3

W               8                 3.129-152 [quiz]

F                 10               3.152-170. Scan lines 156-167 and read aloud, turn in a .mp3

 

M               13               podcast due as a script. Meet with me this week for 15 minutes to go over podcast.

W               15               3.171-190

F                 17                Iliad Book 3.190-461 in English. Mark Edwards, Homer, Poet of the Iliad (1987), pp. 173–197.

M               20               Iliad Books 6 and 9 in English. Edwards, Homer, Poet of the Iliad pp. 198-237.

W               22                Iliad Books 18 and 22 in English. Edwards, Homer, Poet of the Iliad pp. 267-300.

F                 24               Iliad Book 24 in English.  Edwards, Homer, Poet of the Iliad pp. 301-323. C.S. Lewis, A Preface to Paradise Lost (1942) 13–30.

M               27               Simone Weil, “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” (1938). in C. Benfey, ed., War and the Iliad (New York: New York review of Books, 2005), 3-37.   C.M. Macleod, “Introduction” from Homer: Iliad Book XXIV (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982), pp. 1–35.

W               29               Jasper Griffin, Homer on Life and Death (1980) 103–143. James Redfield, “The Hero,” from Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975), 99-127.

MAY

F                 1                 Podcast script due.

Final Exam: Friday, May 8, 9:00 a.m.