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CLU33381 Greek Close Reading

In this module students will be introduced to either a single-author text or a selection of texts from one or more different genres, including but not limited to poetry, comedy, philosophy, historiography, etc. Each class will focus on a different section of text or theme and will consist of a mix of translation, textual analysis, and discussion. Students will apply their experience in Greek grammar to close reading and analysis of ancient Greek texts.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Shane Wallace
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 reading classes
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Greek; Visiting

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Fluently read Latin texts of moderate difficulty with the aid of dictionaries and commentaries
  • Translate and analyse the prescribed texts
    Produce a cohesive and fully-supported close reading of a given passage, including comment on style, register, rhetorical features and literary tropes.
  • Translate unseen Greek extracts of similar difficulty / genre, style or content as the studied Greek texts into idiomatic English.
  • Comment on the relation of the prescribed text to its historical, literary and cultural contexts.