3141009Greek and Latin Classics (Seminars)

Numbering Code G-LET15 73141 SJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name HAYASE ATSUSHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this course we read Plato's (424/3-348/7 BC) /Cratylus/ in the Greek original and discuss it in Japanese. The /Cratylus/, written by Plato presumably in his relatively early age, is a dialogue which discusses the correctness of names. It is one of the earliest texts that show interest in the fields of linguistics and the philosophy of language. Three characters appear in this dialogue: Cratylus, Hermogenes, and Socrates. Cratylus claims that the correctness of names is determined by nature, while Hermogenes thinks that it is determined by our agreement or custom. Socrates, who is asked to adjudicate their disagreement, sets out to investigate the issue in depth, but many pages of the dialogue are simply dedicated to the etymological analysis of the names of Greek gods, various ethical or psychological phenomena, and the like.

The purpose of this seminar is to understand Plato's /Cratylus/ in both its philological and philosophical aspects.
Course Goals At the end of the term students will be able (1) accurately to translate Ancient Greek texts into Japanese at the intermediate to advanced level, (2) to analyse the structure of complex philosophical arguments, and (3) effectively to use commentaries and studies written in modern languages in order to understand Greek texts.
Schedule and Contents In the 1st introductory session, the lecturer will give general guidelines for class participation. From the 2nd to the 7th session, we will carefully read and discuss the /Cratylus/ from 433b12, using the Oxford Classical Text and working our way through about 2 pages per session. Each participant should translate a section (usually about 15 lines) of the Greek text assigned by the lecturer into Japanese. (Note that a participant should try to translate the text in class; he or she should not read out prepared, written translation.) I am expecting that we will finish reading the /Cratylus/ by the 8th session, and so we will read and discuss Proclus' (5th century) Commentary on the /Cratylus/ for the remaining sessions.

The seminar is organised is as follows:
The 1st session: Introduction
The 2nd session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 433b12-434d1
The 3rd session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 434d2-435e5
The 4th session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 418d4-419e1
The 5th session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 435e6-437b2
The 6th session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 437b2-438b3
The 7th session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 438b8-439d2
The 8th session: Reading and Discussing the /Cratylus/ 439d3-440e7
The 9th session: Review of the 2nd to 8th session.
The 10th session: Reading and Discussing Proclus' Commentary on the /Cratylus/ (1)
The 11th session: Reading and Discussing Proclus' Commentary on the /Cratylus/ (2)
The 12th session: Reading and Discussing Proclus' Commentary on the /Cratylus/ (3)
The 13th session: Reading and Discussing Proclus' Commentary on the /Cratylus/ (4)
The 14th session: Reading and Discussing Proclus' Commentary on the /Cratylus/ (5)
The 15th session: Review
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students grades will be weighed according to the following scheme:
Active participation: 60%
Understanding the text: 40%
Course Requirements Basic reading skills of Ancient Greek are required.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Keep in mind that it might take a long time to prepare for the class in advance.
Textbooks Textbooks/References /Platonis Opera/ Tomus I (Oxford Classical Text)., Duke, E. A. et al., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.)
References, etc. /The Cratylus of Plato/., Francesco, Ademollo., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.)
/Plato's Cratylus/., Sedley, David., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.)
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