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Unit information: Greek Language Level A2 in 2019/20

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Unit name Greek Language Level A2
Unit code CLAS20007
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Knippschild
Open unit status Not open

CLAS20006 Greek Language Level A1



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


The two units in this level (Greek A1 and Greek A2) are designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of ancient Greek, and aim to teach students the techniques of reading straightforward original Greek texts with the aid of a dictionary and reference grammar. Students unused to the workings of an inflected language and the grammatical terms used to analyze it will be given some special help. Where appropriate, the contexts of original Greek passages will also be studied in order to help students place the Greek language in its ancient cultural and literary settings. During the year students should progress to an intermediate level of proficiency (equivalent to about ‘AS’ level).


Students will be introduced to the basic knowledge of Greek and the terms and procedures of grammatical analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Greek vocabulary at the standard of level A2
  2. Identify and discuss Greek morphology and syntax as appropriate to level A2
  3. Translate straightforward Greek into good English appropriate to level A2

Teaching details

2 x 2 hour seminars per week

Assessment Details

One 45 min class test (33%) [ILOs 1-3]

One 90 min exam (67%) [ILOs 1-3]

Reading and References

  • James Morwood, Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Oxford University Press)
  • J Taylor, Greek to GCSE: Parts 1 and 2 (Bloomsbury)
  • Henry Liddell and Robert Scott Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Oxford University Press
  • de Romilly, Jacqueline. 1985. A Short History of Greek Literature, trans. by Lillian Doherty (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)
  • Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Liddell and Scott, Oxford University Press