GRE 1120: Beginning Ancient Greek 1 (Spring 2020)


  • Andrew Wolpert, Ph.D., Director of UF Quest and Associate Professor of Classics
  • Email and Office Phone:, 352-273-3702
  • Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Period 4 and by appointment
  • Office: 138 Dauer Hall

Course Format

  • In response to the COVID-19 virus, the University of Florida moved all classes online. Consult the course’s Canvas page for changes to the format of the course in order for it to be taught fully online.
  • Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Period 3 in 12 Matherly Hall
  • Online Drills: On Thursday, students complete the weekly online drill in Canvas that is intended to help them review morphology and vocabulary

Class Description and Objectives

GRE 1120 is the first half of the beginning ancient Greek sequence. Students will learn the basic vocabulary, morphology, grammar, and syntax of ancient Greek, and they will read adapted passages from ancient Greek authors. Upon completion of GRE 1120 and 1121, students will be able to identify, explain, and analyze the basic elements of ancient Greek and read ancient Greek authors at the intermediate level.

Required Texts

  • Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Greek, 2nd Edition (Newbury, MA: Focus Publishing, 2008). ISBN: 1585101842. Students are required to purchase the second edition.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance (10%). Attendance will be taken at class meetings. There will be a 25% deduction for arriving late, leaving early, or being unprepared for class.
  • Daily Homework (15%) will be checked for completion or handed in at the end of each class. Please consult the course’s Canvas page for the daily homework assignments. Students will be granted an extension on homework only in the case of an excused absence (see UF Attendance Policies).
  • Weekly Online Drills (10%), the lowest score is dropped. The weekly online drills are intended to help students review Greek morphology and vocabulary. Although the drills will concentrate on new material, they are cumulative and will include material from previous weeks. The online drills are a “closed book” exercise. No notes or books may be consulted while taking the online drills. Students are required to launch HonorLock Proctoring to take the drills and will need to use Google Chrome and the HonorLock extension to do the drills.
  • Tests (65%): Test 1 (200 points) on Friday, January 31; Test 2 (200 points) on Friday, March 13; and Test 3 (250 points) on Wednesday, April 22.

Weekly Schedule*

  • Jan 6-10: Introduction and Chapter 1
  • Jan 13-17: Chapters 2-3
  • Jan 20-24: Chapters 4-5
  • Jan 27-31: Chapter 5 and Test 1
  • Feb 3-7: Chapters 6-7
  • Feb 10-14: Chapters 8-9
  • Feb 17-21: Chapters 9-10
  • Feb 24-28: Chapters 10-11
  • March 9-13: Chapter 11 and Test 2
  • March 16-20: Chapters 12-13
  • March 23-27: Chapters 13-14
  • March 30-April 3: Chapters 14-15
  • April 6-10: Chapters 15-16
  • April 13-17: Chapters 17-18
  • April  20-22: Chapter 18 and Test 3

*For the daily assignments, please consult the course’s Canvas page.

Grading Scale*

A = 93–100%
A- = 90–92%
B+ = 87–89%
B = 83–86%
B- = 80–82%
C+ = 77–79%
C = 73–76%
C- = 70–72%
D+ = 67–69%
D = 63–65%
D- = 60–62%
E < 59%

*Grades are rounded to the nearest whole number (e.g., 89.4% = 89% and 89.5% = 90%)

Course Policies

  • Academic Honesty: UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: ‘On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment’.” The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor of this class.
  • Course Accessibility: Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the Disability Resource Center by visiting It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.
  • Attendance and Make-up Policy: Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies:
  • Course Evaluation: Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at

Counseling Resources

Students experiencing either health or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to seek assistance through the university’s health care and counseling centers. Resources are also available on campus for students who wish to explore their career options.