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Unit information: Greek Language Level B1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Greek Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS30036
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
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 should have:

  • have improved their language skills in reading and translating ancient Greek texts, both at sight and with the aid of grammar and lexicon
  • be able to identify and analyse an increased range of Greek syntactical structures
  • have improved their ability to use dictionary, grammar and commentary to produce practical criticism of a passage of Greek.
  • have been encouraged to use secondary literature in the production of independent interpretations.
  • have had the opportunity to develop communication skills in both oral and written presentations, discussions and written assignments.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars and reading classes.

Assessment Details

  • 1x Practical Criticism Exercise – 2000 words (50%)
  • 1x 90 minute Exam (50%)

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