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Unit information: Greek Language Level A in 2014/15

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Unit name Greek Language Level A
Unit code CLASM0027
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Knippschild
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is 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).MAs taking Greek A (across TB1 & 2): two summative class tests weighted at 33% (one at the end of each TB), plus a practical criticism exercise of 2,500 words comparing translations of a short piece of original Greek, worth 33%.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will understand and be able to identify and explain the syntax of both simple and complex Greek sentences. They will memorise at least 500 words of Greek vocabulary. They will be able to read unadapted classical Greek with the aid of a lexicon and grammar book.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

2 x 90 mins exams weighted at 33% (one at the end of each TB), plus a practical criticism exercise of 2,500 words worth 33%.

Reading and References

Set Text: Introduction to Attic Greek, Donald J. Mastronarde, University of California Press (Berkeley 1993). Teaching Block 2: Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Liddell and Scott, Oxford University Press