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Unit information: Greek Language Level C1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Greek Language Level C1
Unit code CLAS32405
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Patrick Finglass
Open unit status Not open

CLAS22316 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 texts in Greek. The texts covered will constitute a representative sample of texts from 2-4 authors, amounting to 700-900 lines. 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. Authors covered may include Apollonius, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Homer and the Homeric Hymns, a Hellenistic anthology, Herodotus, Plutarch, Sophocles, or Thucydides.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  • developed their skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text;
  • become familiar with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;
  • developed and refined their skills in constructing coherent and relevant critical arguments, in relation to the understanding and appreciation of the texts studied;
  • developed and enhanced their skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and various written examinations.

Teaching details

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar

Assessment Details

1 essay of 3,000 words and 1 examination of one and a half hours, consisting of a passage of 10-12 lines for unseen translation (30% of exam mark) with passage summary, a passage of 10-12 lines for prepared text translation (30% of exam mark), and a passage of 20 lines with specific questions for comment (40% of exam mark). No choice of questions will be offered and no reference texts or dictionaries will be allowed in this exam.

Reading and References

Reading and References

M. Silk, ‘The Odyssey and its explorations’, in R. Fowler, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Homer (Cambridge 2004)

P. E. Easterling, ‘A show for Dionysus’, and ‘Form and performance’, in P. Easterling, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1997)

D. Konstan, ‘An anthropology of Euripides’ Kyklops’, in J. Winkler, F. Zeitlin, eds., Nothing to Do with Dionysos? Athenian Drama in its Social Context (Princeton 1990)

Set Texts:

Homer, Odyssey 9 and Euripides, Cyclops (c. 450 lines of each text to be read in Greek, and the rest in English).