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Unit information: Greek Language Level D1 in 2020/21

Unit name Greek Language Level D1
Unit code CLAS30041
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lampe
Open unit status Not open

CLAS22406 Greek Language Level C2



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


This unit aims to extend and further develop skills of independent reading and interpretation of literary texts in Greek. These texts will be studied from the perspective of their generic, thematic or historical inter-relations, as evidenced by close reading of texts, and by consideration of commentaries and secondary literature. Their dialect, style, manuscript history or papyrology will generally be more challenging than those encountered in levels B and C. Authors covered might include early Greek lyric (e.g. Sappho and Alcaeus), Aeschylus, Pindar, Thucydides, Theocritus, or Philodemus.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek text and in evaluating translations of it, appropriate to language level D1
  2. show an understanding of current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;
  3. demonstrate skills in constructing coherent, relevant and sophisticated critical arguments, and in relating their readings of the texts to wider theoretical issues, as appropriate to level H/6;
  4. display skills in written communication appropriate to language level D1

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

3,000 word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

Morwood, J. 2001. Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek, Oxford.

Liddell, Henry George and Robert Scott. 1889. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford) [In lieu of this paper lexicon, you may prefer to purchase a smartphone app.]