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Unit information: Greek Language Level B1 in 2017/18

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Unit name Greek Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS12315
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. William Guast
Open unit status Not open




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


The Greek orator Lysias was renowned in antiquity for beguiling audiences with the apparent artlessness of his prose. This combination—of relatively easy Greek and highly sophisticated rhetoric—makes Lysias an ideal author for study at B1 level. In this course, we’ll study Lysias’ speech On the Murder of Erasothenes, in which a cuckolded husband who has killed his wife’s lover defends himself against the charge of murder.

Unit aims:

  • To expand and confirm students’ knowledge of Attic prose syntax.
  • To expand students’ vocabulary in ancient Greek.
  • To increase students ability and confidence in reading continuous, unaltered ancient Greek texts.

To introduce students to ancient rhetoric and the work of Lysias in particular

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Greek vocabulary at the standard of level B1
  2. Identify and discuss Greek morphology and syntax as appropriate to level B1.
  3. Demonstrate skills of independent reading and prepared translation, with reference works, of Greek texts as appropriate to level B1.
  4. Undertake at-sight translation of unseen Greek texts, without reference works as appropriate to level B1.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge in the use of dictionaries, commentaries, or scholarship, and be able to relate this knowledge to their understanding and interpretation of a Greek text.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes

Assessment Details

  • 1 x Practical Criticism Exercise - 2000 words (50%) [ILOs 1-3 & 5]
  • 1 x 90 minute Exam (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

Liddell, H. G. and R. Scott. 1963. Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Oxford.

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

Carey, C. 2008. Lysias: Selected Speeches (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

The following is for use throughout B1 and B2:

Morwood, J. and Anderson, S. 2014. A Little Greek Reader. Oxford