WHA will offer Ancient (Attic) Greek beginning in the fall of 2018. By starting with the more ancient form of the language, students will learn how to read classical texts as well as the Bible, written in the more recent Koine form.
Greek 1 is an introductory course into the Ancient Greek language that simultaneously explores Greek culture in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. This course is designed to train students in speaking, listening, and, primarily, reading Biblical and ancient texts. Students will learn the basics of Ancient Greek by studying the alphabet, common vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and pronunciation. The study of Ancient Greek encompasses that of Biblical (Koine) Greek, and students will translate passages both from great works, such as Homer’s Odyssey, and from the New Testament. Knowledge gained from this course will not only allow students to read the Bible in the original language in which it was written, but it will also help them better understand ancient history and even the English Language. There is no prerequisite for this class, but students who have taken Latin may have an easier time due to the many grammatical parallels.
Prerequisites: None; Prior exposure to Latin recommended.
Textbook: Greek: An Intensive Course, 2nd Revised Edition (Hansen and Quinn).
Greek 2 follows and builds on skills learned in Greek 1, and will first be offered in the fall of 2019.