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Unit information: Greek Language Level B1 in 2022/23

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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. Michelakis
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Greek Language Level A1 and A2, or at least AS level Greek

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

The aim of this unit is to develop and reinforce students' skills in the independent critical reading of Greek literary texts. In the unit, you will read ca. 400-450 lines from unadapted ancient Greek texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. Grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Greek will be revised and reinforced. You will also develop a range of key skills for the reading and literary analysis of Greek texts. Authors studied may included Lysias, Plato, Xenophon, or Euripides.


  • To corroborate and expand students’ knowledge of Greek morphology and syntax;
  • To expand students’ Greek vocabulary;
  • To introduce students to techniques of independent reading of Greek, such as use of dictionaries and commentaries;
  • To introduce students to the detailed literary study of a particular Greek text and author.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced language skills in reading and translating ancient Greek texts, both at sight and with the aid of grammar and lexicon
  2. identify and analyse an increased range of Greek syntactical structures
  3. use dictionary, grammar and commentary to produce practical criticism of a passage of Greek at a standard appropriate to level H
  4. use secondary literature in the production of independent interpretations.
  5. demonstrate communication skills in both oral and written presentations, discussions and written assignments.

How you will learn

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

How you will be assessed

1. 2,000 word collaborative commentary (formative). [ILOs 1-3 & 5] 2. Exam (summative) (100%). [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.