Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Lucian's "True Stories" - Episode 4: The Adventure Concludes (PG-13!)
Sun. 7pm Eastern
Course Description: Fish that get you drunk, Moonmen, giant space-vulture cavalry, warring peoples inside the belly of a whale, emerald cities, Odyssean tall tales, Herodotean ethnographies, Thucydidean battle scenes, interplanetary imperialism, owl generals, garlic fighters, and smoke-eaters -- Lucian's True Stories is one of the wackiest and most enjoyable authentic Ancient Greek texts and Western Literature's oldest science fiction novel. We will read as much of this swashbuckler as we can, briefly discussing and reviewing grammar topics and idioms as they come up but mainly trying to read as much Greek as possible and identify the many allusions to, and satire of, canonical Greek classics (the book is stuffed with inside jokes for classicists). This class is a continuation of last term's True Stories class but it is in no way necessary to have taken that class for this one to make sense and be fun. We begin around half way through Book 2 and will read to the end.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Either the Nimis and Hayes edition or the C.T. Hadavas edition. The former is available as a free pdf.
Sections capped at: 5 students
David Ring teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages by using an eclectic mix of methods, ranging from the insights of Renaissance Humanist pedagogy (especially the advice of Erasmus) to the Direct/Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Be it a discussion in Attic Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation in Attic Greek, or paraphrasing Homer or Lyric into simpler Attic prose, or storyboarding Lucian's True Stories -- David and his students aim to "get lost" in the joy of what they are doing, such that they "forget" they are speaking Ancient Greek. He believes that the purpose of liberal education is to help young people grow in self-knowledge -- both individual and cultural --, to help them form sharp intellects, wise judgment, and greatness of soul. He believes this is best done via direct encounters with the greatest minds and greatest stories of the last 3,000 years.