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CL7052/3 Elementary Greek II

In this module, you will complete your study of the textbook Introduction to Attic Greek and learn further key aspects of the grammar of Attic Greek (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics). You also study a variety of (increasingly less) adapted and original texts that will enable you to acquire a substantial vocabulary, and develop an appreciation of how Greek was used in different contexts over the centuries. You will encounter some of the many different ways in which ancient literary texts may be ‘read’, analysed, interpreted and translated, and explore the features of literary and non-literary texts in different genres and styles.
  • Module Organiser:
  • Teaching Staff:
    • Mr Sean McGrath
  • Duration:
    • One Term (Jan-Apr)
  • Contact Hours:
    • 33 (3 hours per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 50% continuous assessment (in-class assignments, quizzes and tests, homework assignments) in W 1-11, 50% final written examination (grammar, textual and contextual analysis and translation) in the end-of-year assessment period
  • Prerequisites:
    • CL7051 Elementary Greek I
  • 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)

The module is taught in small groups through two weekly classes in Hilary Term (Semester 2). Attendance and preparation for each class are compulsory.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recognise and translate a substantial Attic Greek vocabulary
  • Recognise the key 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 unseen original Greek texts of limited difficulty into idiomatic English and motivate translation decisions
  • Analyse Greek texts using literary-critical approaches, concepts and terms that are appropriate to their genre or text-type
  • Relate a text’s linguistic features, content, themes and values to its cultural-historical context
  • Work effectively in small groups
  • Effectively use e-learning tools and electronic resources to support language learning