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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 CLAS12311
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
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


The two units at this level (Greek A1 and Greek A2) are designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of ancient Greek, and aims 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

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 details

Seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes

Assessment Details

One 45 min class test (33%)and one 90 min exam (66%)

Reading and References

  • Introduction to Attic Greek, Donald J. Mastronarde, University of California Press (Berkeley 2013).
  • Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Liddell and Scott, Oxford University Press