GRE 1121: Beginning Ancient Greek 2 (Fall 2019)


  • Andrew Wolpert, Ph.D., 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

  • Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Period 3 in 101 Flint Hall
  • Online Drills: On Thursday, students complete an online drill in Canvas that is intended to help them review morphology and vocabulary

Class Description and Objectives

GRE 1121 is the second 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 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%). Please consult the course’s Canvas page for the daily homework assignments. Students will be granted an extension on the daily homework only in the case of an excused absence (see UF Attendance Policies)
  • Weekly Online Drills (10%), the lowest score is dropped.
  • Tests (65%): Test 1 (200 points) on September 19 Test 2 (200 points) on October 31; and Test 3 (250 points) on December 9.

Weekly Schedule*

  • Aug 21-12: Review and Start Chapter 19
  • Aug 26-30: Chapter 19 and Chapter 20
  • Sept 2-6: Chapter 20 and Chapter 21
  • Sept 9-13: Chapter 21 and Chapter 22
  • Sept 16-20: Chapter 22, Test 1, and  Chapter 23
  • Sept 23-27: Chapter 23 and Chapter 24
  • Sept 30-Oct 3: Chapter 25
  • Oct 7-11: Chapter 26 and Chapter 27
  • Oct 14-18: Chapter 27 and Chapter 28
  • Oct 21-25: Chapter 28, Test 2, and Chapter 29
  • Oct 28-Nov 1: Chapter 29 and Chapter 30
  • Nov 4-8: Chapter 30 and Chapter 31
  • Nov 11-15: Chapter 31 and Chapter 32
  • Nov 18-22: Chapter 32 and Chapter 33
  • Nov 25: Chapter 33
  • Dec 2-4: Chapter 34
  • Dec 9: 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.
  • Students with Disabilities: Please do not hesitate to ask for accommodation for a documented disability. Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office ( The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student, who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. Please ask the instructor if you would like any assistance in this process.
  • 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.