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Unit information: Greek Language Level A1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Greek Language Level A1
Unit code CLAS30006
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. D'Costa
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

An introductory unit designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Greek, and aiming to teach students the techniques of reading straightforward Greek texts with the aid of a dictionary and reference grammar. Initially students will be introduced to the workings of an inflected language and the grammatical terms used to analyse it. 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 contexts.


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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Together with Greek Language Level A2, students will have acquired a total vocabulary of about 500 Greek words (250 in each teaching block). They will have developed skills in the process of translating straightforward Greek into good English (by the end of A2 students should have read at least 250 lines of Greek, of which at least 150 lines should be un-adapted). They will be able to relate this new knowledge of Greek to their existing skills in the analysis of literary or historical texts.

Teaching Information

Seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes.

Assessment Information

One 45 min class test and one 90 min exam weighted 25%-50%, plus one practical criticism exercise of 1,500 words (25%)

Reading and References

  • Introduction to Attic Greek, Donald J. Mastronarde, University of California Press (Berkeley 2013).
  • Basic Greek Vocabulary, J.R. Cheadle, Bristol Classical Press (Duckworth).