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Unit information: Greek Language Level B2 in 2020/21

Unit name Greek Language Level B2
Unit code CLAS22316
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lyndsay Coo
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

CLAS22315

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit aims to introduce students to a range of skills in independent reading and analysis of Greek literature. Students will also be introduced to the different resources available for self-directed interpretation; lexica, translations, commentaries and word search tools. Emphasis will be on close analysis of specific passages, exploring the different links between grammatical understanding of the language and literary appreciation of the work of art. Students will read 450-600 lines of unadapted ancient Greek texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. Authors might include Lysias, Plato, Xenophon, or Euripides. Aims:

• To develop students’ knowledge of Greek language through the reading of classical Greek prose;

• To introduce students to techniques required to read and study Greek texts independently, including the use of dictionaries and commentaries;

• To introduce students to issues of translation and interpretation of Greek literature;

• To develop students’ written communication skills and ability to form coherent, critical arguments about translation through the course assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate knowledge of Greek vocabulary at the standard of level B2
2.Identify and discuss Greek morphology and syntax as appropriate to level B2.
3.Demonstrate skills of independent reading and prepared translation, with reference works, of longer or more difficult Greek texts as appropriate to level B2.
4.Undertake at-sight translation of unseen Greek texts, without reference works as appropriate to level B2
5.Be able to demonstrate knowledge in the use of dictionaries, commentaries, or scholarship, and be able to relate this knowledge to their understanding and interpretation of a Greek text.
6.Demonstrate skills in working collaboratively

Teaching details

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

Assessment Details

1. 2,000 word collaborative commentary (formative). [ILOs 1-3 & 5] 2. Exam (summative) (100%). [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

  • Destré, Pierre & Zina Giannopoulou (eds.) (2017) Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide, Cambridge
  • Dover, Kenneth ed.1980 Plato’s Symposium, Cambridge
  • Morwood, James, 2001. Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek, Oxford
  • Pratt, Louise, 2011. Eros at the Banquet. Reviewing Greek with Plato’s Symposium, Norman, OK

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