Greek 101. Plato's Lysis (4 units)

imageGreek 101. Plato's Lysis (4 units)
Colin Webster

TR 1:40-3:00P
267 Olson Hall
CRN 45909

Course Description: This course will be devoted to reading Plato’s Lysis in ancient Greek. We will explore the nature of friendship and what it requires. We will ask whether we need to be similar to people in order to form friendships, or whether goodness is necessary and sufficient grounds for mutual affection. In general, this course aims to solidify students’ knowledge of Attic grammar and morphology. It will enrich students’ Greek vocabulary and increase the speed, enjoyment and critical insight with which they read Greek texts. By the end of the semester they should prepared to take more advanced courses or to read further Greek on their own.

Grading: Classroom engagement, short weekly quizzes, midterm, final exam, and term paper.

Prerequisite: Greek 100 or permission of instructor (

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Plato’s Lysis, edited by William H. Race  (Bryn Mawr Commentaries)


  • H.G. Liddell and Robert Scott, An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon: Founded upon the Seventh Edition of Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon  (Oxford University Press, 1945)
  • Herbert Weir Smyth, Greek Grammar (Revised Edition), edited by Gordon M. Messing  (Harvard University Press, 1956)