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Unit information: Greek Language Level D2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Greek Language Level D2
Unit code CLAS30040
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lampe
Open unit status Not open

CLAS22406 Greek Language Level C2 or equivalent



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.

Upon conclusion of this unit students will have developed knowledge of the issues raised in relation to the texts studied and their interpretation. They will have developed an appreciation of the literary style of the texts studied and improved their fluency in reading and translating of Greek.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

1. read and translate the Greek texts being studied;
2. explain and critically discuss the content of the Greek texts studied and, where appropriate, its historical and cultural significance; 3. explain and critically discuss prevalent scholarly debates about the Greek texts studied;
4. construct coherent, relevant and sophisticated arguments, as appropriate to level H, both in oral and written form.

Teaching details

3 hours of seminars per week

Assessment Details

• 1 essay of 3,000 words (50%) [ILOs 1-4].

• 1 two hour exam (50%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

These will vary every year depending on the text(s) chosen. Here is a sample:

Aeschylus, 1988. Choephori, ed. by A. F. Garvie (Oxford: Clarendon)

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.]