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Greek (TSM)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR001 (TSM)
  • No. of Places: 8
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 445–535* points (Points per TSM combination)
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Greek (TSM) cannot be studied as a single honor course. It must be combined with one other subject within the two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme. TSM is a joint honor programme. An honors degree is awarded in both subjects.

    Greek may be studied from either beginners' or a more advanced level.

    For subjects that combine with Greek see TSM: possible combinations.

    Greek and Latin may be studied together in the single honor Classics degree - TR021: Classics.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

For Admission requirements please click here

Course overview

The study of Greek is concerned with the language, literature and thought of ancient Greece. Through the reading of literature in the original Greek and the examination of key aspects of ancient history, you will develop a thorough knowledge of the classical world and a critical approach to textual and material culture.

Is this the right course for you?

If you are interested in studying the language, the poetic imagination, the depth of thought and the historical value of a civilisation that shaped the Western world, you will enjoy this course.

Course content

Over the four years you will read texts in a wide variety of genres, including epic, tragedy, comedy, philosophy, oratory and historiography. Whether you are continuing your language studies or taking Greek as a beginner, you will engage with ancient texts both as literature and as a gateway into culture and thought. Through the critical study of ancient history, myth and religion, you will acquire a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on classical culture. For all of your language-based courses the groups will be small, stimulating lively discussion, analytic skills, and the development of independent thinking.

The Freshman years

In the Junior Freshman (first) year you will be introduced to the critical study of ancient history, culture and literature. The language-based courses you take depend on whether you have studied Greek before or are taking it up as a beginner; your choice of a topic in ancient history and culture depends on your TSM combination. In your Senior Freshman (second) year you continue the study of Greek language, literature and history. Courses are taught by lectures and small-group seminars. There are six to eight contact hours per week.

  • Greek and Roman history - an introductory survey of the Greek and/or Roman world, from the Greek Archaic age to the early Roman Empire. The course covers topics such as politics and power, Athenian democracy, the conquests of Alexander, the emergence of Rome as a major imperial power, colonisation, war and conflict.
  • Mythology and religion - an introduction to the major myths and religions of the classical world using both literary and artistic evidence. The course also explores theories of myth and the functions of myth within society.
  • Sources and methods in history and archaeology - an introduction to the materials, methodologies and theories employed by historians and archaeologists.

Greek for beginners

  • Elementary Greek - an intensive introduction to the ancient Greek language. By the end of the year you will be ready to read original texts and your command of the language will be at the same level as those who have studied Greek before entering university.

Greek for non-beginners

  • Greek authors - text-based courses introduce you to the critical reading of Greek literature through a close examination and contextualisation of the oldest and most influential works in western literature: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the Histories of Herodotus, the tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles and the philosophical prose of Plato.
  • Greek language – this course allows you to practice your translation skills and to study the language of authors not covered in the text-based courses.

The Sophister years

In the Sophister (third and fourth) years you will progress to an in-depth study of topics in Greek literature, history and culture. You will refine your analysis of texts in their literary and cultural context through more specialised skills and methodologies, such as textual criticism, linguistics and literary theories. Topics may include Greek historians, Greek comedy, the Greek novel, and Hellenistic poetry. In your Junior Sophister (third) year, you will continue to study ancient history, while separate language classes provide additional assistance in improving your fluency and accuracy in reading and interpretation. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year you will also study a special topic in Classical culture and write a thesis on a subject of your choice. The thesis is an opportunity to do research which will allow you to develop independent ideas and acquire critical skills, while investigating in great depth an area that particularly interests you.


A combination of end-of-year examination and continuous assessment (e.g. essays, unseen translations and other language tests, textual commentaries, seminar presentations), and a thesis in the final year.

Study abroad

Trinity College has strong links with many Classics departments abroad, including active participation in the Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Cyprus, France, Switzerland and Turkey, and students are able to avail of College-wide exchanges, for example, to North America and Australia. This allows students the option of spending a year abroad.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates are working in many fields including art restoration, banking and accountancy, business, civil service, computers, journalism and broadcasting, law, librarianship, publishing, teaching and theatre.

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 1208


Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 In Greek or in a language other than English
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C In Greek or in a language other than English
Other EU examination systemsSee