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Unit information: Greek Language Level C2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Greek Language Level C2
Unit code CLAS32406
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lyndsay Coo
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 literary texts in Greek. The set text will come from one author or a selection of authors, amounting to 800-1200 lines in total. The set text(s) will be studied through close reading, consideration of commentaries and secondary literature, and from various critical and theoretical perspectives. Authors studied at level C may include: Apollonius, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Euripides, Herodotus, Homer, Lucian, Plutarch, Sophocles and Thucydides.

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 the reading and translating of Greek.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  • developed their skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek 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

1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour seminar.

Assessment Details

• 1 essay of 3,000 words. Weighted at 50%.

• 1 examination of one and a half hours at the end of the relevant Teaching Block, 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. Weighted at 50%.

Reading and References

Texts and references are specified on an annual basis according to the author(s) being studied.