Χαίρετε, ὦ μαθηταί!
This summer, Professors Silverblank and Mulligan are organizing a community of Bi-Co Greek and Latin readers to get together and read marvelous, strange, and magnificent texts once a week, from late May (starting next week!) to August 2018.
A website with all relevant info, including information about the “syllabus” for meetings 1-3, can be found here:
You can also join the group Slack page to get access to summer reading texts in PDF format, other study resources, and a collaborative discussion forum here:
If you are interested in any capacity, please email Professor Silverblank (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, and indicate whether you are in the Haverford/Bryn Mawr area this summer or elsewhere. She will add you to the email list and the Slack page where the course forum and information will be hosted. We’ll get started NEXT week, so it would be good to sort out our schedules and pick a day/time as soon as possible.
Students who are staying local over the summer can convene with the reading group on campus at Haverford, and students away from campus over the summer can video conference into the weekly meetings.
All students of Greek, at any level, are welcome to participate.
There will be no required texts and no expenses associated with this reading group. All texts will be made available as PDFs.
Meeting day and time TBC based on group scheduling.
Readings will be selected to correspond to student interest, when students wish to explore new or familiar texts, and Professor Silverblank’s current research materials, when students want to get the chance to see the intersections between reading Greek and academic research production.
Our reading program is designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for a variety of levels of engagement. Different workloads and commitments are organized into three “tiers.” You should select your general tier of commitment for the summer as a guideline for how you approach the assignments, but you never formally tied to that tier, and you may rotate between the tiers freely.
Tier 1, Convivial Sight-Reading:
No prep necessary in advance of the weekly meetings, but you come along to keep your Greek sharp and to practice sight-reading. If you do any preparation in advance of the meeting, you might read the text out-loud in advance of weekly meetings, and note general themes and topics you can observe.
Tier 2, Pre-Reading and Basic Vocabulary Building:
You read through the passage before our meeting and note
the vocabulary words you don’t recognize. You commit these forms to memory, if possible. You re-read (as much as you can manage) with an eye for detail and with your syntactical synapses firing.
Tier 3, Preparation, Vocabulary Building, and Syntax Review:
You memorize any unknown vocabulary words and do the complete reading with an eye for detail and with your syntactical synapses firing. You take on the week’s optional syntax review from Hansen & Quinn’s Greek: An Intensive Course. You review your vocabulary multiple times a week and test yourself on your vocabulary each week.