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CLU12313 Elementary Greek I

This module will provide you with the foundations of the ancient Greek language, with emphasis on the Classical Attic dialect, and it will prepare 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.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Martine Cuypers
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 33 (3 classes per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (grammar and translation tests)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Greek; Columbia Dual Degree; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion 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