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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.     Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

GREK 112: Introductory Greek

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Dr.  C. Zaccagnino
Office:  114 Watson Hall 
Phone:  (613) 533-6000 ext. 77843
Office Hour: Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM or by appointment 

Teaching Assistant

Mitchell King - 
Office Hours: 
  • TBA

Students are required to be familiar with Queen's policy on  Academic Integrity  
Please also see:

Class Schedule

  • Mon. 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Wed. 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Fri.11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:  McLaughlin Hall, Room 302 (MCL-302)

Tutorial Hour:

There is likely to be a tutorial hour once a week; details TBA


Course Description

The overall aim of the course is to introduce Ancient Greek within the context of fifth century Athenian culture and civilization with the goal of preparing the student for more intensive study of the language in second year. We will follow  Introduction to Ancient Greek  chapter by chapter, with supplementary reading material introduced as appropriate. By the end of the year students will be able to read simple texts in ancient Greek with the aid of a dictionary.  Although the primary focus of the course is upon reading and understanding texts which gradually lead the student to a level of proficiency where unadapted passages of ancient Greek may be tackled, such proficiency can only be attained when practice in reading is accompanied by the careful memorization of vocabulary and the systematic learning of grammatical elements. Classical Greek is very different from Modern Greek, and this course will not prepare a student for reading or speaking Modern Greek. 

Moodle site:

Additional material and information about this course will be posted on the GREK 112  Moodle  course page.

Required Texts

D.J. Mastronarde,  Introduction to Attic Greek, Berkeley, University of California Press, second edition, University of California Press 2013 (ISBN 9780520275713)

Suggested Dictionary

Abridged Greek-English Lexicon,  edited by H. G. Liddell and Robert Scott

 (Textbook and suggested dictionary are available from the  Campus Bookstore)


Marking Scheme 

Quizzes (weekly)


2 Tests (10% each, one for each term)


Midterm Examination in December


Final Examination in April



Attendance and Participation




The tests and examinations are to be taken at the scheduled times and dates. In certain exceptional circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency, a death in the family, but not in the case of demands in another course or from an extracurricular activity), the instructor might grant the student the opportunity to write an exam/test outside the regularly scheduled time. Late work will not be accepted without a documented personal or medical problem. The format of any special accommodation will be determined by the instructor and may differ considerably from that of the exam/test written by the rest of the class, although the course material on which it will be based will remain the same. 

No deferrals will be given to students who are out of town during a test/final exam. DO NOT make travel plans date until you know when tests and the December and April exams will actually be held!

Grading Methodology

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


Numerical Course Average (Range)


























49 and below


Electronic Devices in the Classroom

The Department of Classics believes that maintaining an atmosphere of respect and consideration in the classroom is an important part of the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry. The use of electronic devices in the classroom can be disruptive to both the instructor and to other students. Please see Departmental guidelines at

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1, on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

Download the    Statement on Academic Integrity for Inclusion in Course Syllabi and Assignments    [PDF]

Disability Accommodations

Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) and register as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the DSO website at:


The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in GREK 112. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in GREK 112.  Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.

This page was last updated 04 September, 2013.

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