Tomorrow in Greek class I’m going to attempt to recreate a basic sumposion – minus all the immorality for which they have become famous.
I’ll begin by saying something along the lines of (in Greek): “This is my house. I am the symposiarch, and you are my friends.” I especially want us to practice pronouns, so there’ll be a lot of this sort of thing:
“Where is HER wine?” “IT is in HER cup.” “Where is HER cup?” “IT is in HER right hand.”
My hope is that this sort of conversation will reinforce that the pronoun must agree with the noun for which it stands (i.e. “it” must be mascuine when standing for “wine,” but neuter when standing for “cup”.) Hopefully also, learning words like “poterion” in this context will mean that students will associate the word with a somewhat authentic first century object, rather than a supposedly equivalent English word.