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Unit information: Greek Language Level B1 in 2019/20

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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. Lyndsay Coo
Open unit status Not open

at least AS level Greek



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


The aim of this unit is to develop and reinforce students' skills in the independent critical reading of Greek literary texts. In the unit, you will read ca. 400-450 lines from unadapted ancient Greek texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. Grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Greek will be revised and reinforced. You will also develop a range of key skills for the reading and literary analysis of Greek texts. Authors studied may included Lysias, Plato, Xenophon, or Euripides.


  • To corroborate and expand students’ knowledge of Greek morphology and syntax;
  • To expand students’ Greek vocabulary;
  • To introduce students to techniques of independent reading of Greek, such as use of dictionaries and commentaries;
  • To introduce students to the detailed literary study of a particular Greek text and author.

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

2 x 2-hour language seminar weekly

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