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Unit information: Greek Language Level C1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Greek Language Level C1
Unit code CLASM0030
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lyndsay Coo
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to develop and reinforce students’ skills in the reading of ancient Greek, and to do some work on the comparative practical criticism of classical texts. The texts under study – a section of the Odyssey and a late-fifth-century satyr play by Euripides – relate the ‘same’ episode: the encounter of wily Odysseus with the giant Cyclops; but they do so in very different ways. As we read, we shall consider a variety of perspectives from which to view these texts, emphasising especially the need to replace them within their cultural and generic contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  • developed their skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text;
  • become familiar with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;
  • developed and refined their skills in constructing coherent and relevant critical arguments, in relation to the understanding and appreciation of the texts studied;
  • developed and enhanced their skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and various written examinations.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Methods of Assessment:

Mode of assessment for Second, Third years and MAs will be as follows:

  • 1 essay of 2,500 words (2nd years), 3,000 words (3rd years) or 4,000 words (MAs). Weighted at 50%.
  • 1 examination of one and a half hours at the end of the relevant Teaching Block, consisting of a passage of 10-12 lines for unseen translation (30% of exam mark) with passage summary, a passage of 10-12 lines for prepared text translation (30% of exam mark), and a passage of 20 lines with specific questions for comment (40% of exam mark). No choice of questions will be offered and no reference texts or dictionaries will be allowed in this exam. Weighted at 50%.

Reading and References

M. Silk, ‘The Odyssey and its explorations’, in R. Fowler, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Homer (Cambridge 2004), Chapter 3

P. E. Easterling, ‘A show for Dionysus’, and ‘Form and performance’, in P. Easterling, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1997)

D. Konstan, ‘An anthropology of Euripides’ Kyklops’, in J. Winkler, F. Zeitlin, eds., Nothing to Do with Dionysos? Athenian Drama in its Social Context (Princeton 1990)

Set Texts:

W.B. Stanford, ed., Homer Odyssey I-XII (Bristol Classical Press). Set Greek passage: lines 105-end. The whole of the Odyssey to be read in English.

R. Seaford, ed., Euripides Cyclops (Bristol Classical Press). Set Greek passage: lines 82 - end. The whole of the play to be read in English.