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CLU11311 Greek in Context I

In this ancient Greek module, you will study a variety of texts that will enable you to acquire a substantial vocabulary, consolidate your understanding of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax and pragmatics), 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:
    • Dr Martine Cuypers
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 33 (three classes per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 50% coursework, 50% written examination
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Greek; Columbia Dual Degree; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recognise and translate a substantial Attic Greek vocabulary
  • Recognise 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 and analyse 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 study