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Unit information: Greek Language Level D1 in 2018/19

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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

CLAS22405 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. 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

Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. developed skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text and in evaluating translations of it;

2. close familiarity with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;

3. 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;

4. developed and enhanced skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and a written examination to a standard appropriate to level H.

Teaching details

4 hours of seminars per week.

Assessment Details

  • 1 essay of 3,000 words 50%.
  • 1 two hour exam (50%).

Both will assess ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

Liddell, H. G., R. Scott, et al. 1996. A Greek –English Lexicon. 9th ed. (Oxford: Clarendon). You are encouraged to use one of the earlier editions of this lexicon, available as an app for either iPhone or Android phone. You can also access this resource on the TLG website.

Denniston, J. D. 1952. Greek Prose Style (Oxford: Clarendon Press)

West, M. L. 1982. Introduction to Greek Metre (Oxford: Clarendon Press)