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CL7051 Elementary Greek I

This module provides you with the foundations of the ancient Greek language, with emphasis on the Classical Attic dialect, and prepares you for reading original, un-adapted Greek texts in Elementary Greek II and intermediate modules. You will learn fundamental aspects of the grammar of Attic Greek (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) and start reading adapted texts that will enable you to acquire a basic vocabulary. You will start to consider approaches to analysis and translation and receive a taste of how Greek was used in different literary and non-literary contexts and genres.
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  • Duration:
    • One term (Sep - Dec)
  • Contact Hours:
    • 33 (3 hours per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% continuous assessment (in-class assignments, quizzes and tests, homework assignments in W1-11, final test in W12, e-learning assignment in W13)
  • Co-requisites:
    • CL7072/3 Elementary Greek II
  • Textbook:
    • D. Mastronarde, Introduction to Attic Greek, 2nd edition (University of California Press, 2013); Intermediate Greek Lexicon, founded upon the seventh edition of Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford University Press, 1963)

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and translate a substantial Attic Greek vocabulary
  • Recognise a limited number of features of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of Attic Greek and discuss them as they appear in texts using appropriate linguistic terminology
  • Translate adapted Greek texts of limited difficulty into idiomatic English and motivate translation decisions
  • Work effectively in small groups
  • Effectively use e-learning tools and electronic resources to support language learning