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5AACGT03 Introductory Greek Texts III (Prose): Various Texts

Module convenor and assigned text change from year-to-year, please see below for annual information

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Various, changes from year-to-year, see below
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) (For Study Abroad students attending for Semester 1 only, 1 x 2-hour test paper in December.)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Prerequisites: Normally 5AACGK3A. NB Students who have taken a Level 5 text in one year should normally not take another in a following year. (Available to study abroad students with equivalent experience)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This is a Level 5 Greek text module, focusing on prose.  The text prescription will vary from time to time, and will be announced before module choices have to be made for the next academic session.  Specimen prescriptions, from previous years, can be found below.  The examination will test grammatical knowledge as well as translation ability.

For the specific text assigned for a particular year, please see below:

2016-17, Lucian of Samosata, selections

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Daniel Orrells

In this module we shall explore Lucian’s comic writing through an extract from his mock-autobiographical lecture The Dream (§§6-13) and the whole of his satirical dialogue Timon (§§1-58).  

The two are linked by their witty use of vividly conceived personifications (of Culture, Sculpture, Poverty and Wealth) and by their irreverent play with motifs from Greek literary classics, and they share an agenda of destabilizing complacent ideas of what counts as real success in life, but they pursue it in distinctively different ways. Timon, in particular, blends imitations of Aristophanic comic technique with a sceptical scrutiny of the power of the gods which may also work as indirect critique of Roman imperial administration. 

Prescribed edition: N. Hopkinson, Lucian. A Selection, Cambridge: CUP, 2008.

Purchase of prescribed edition recommended but not compulsory.

Suggested introductory reading:

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).
  • C. P. Jones, Culture and society in Lucian, Cambridge MA 1986
  • G. Anderson, Lucian : theme and variation in the second sophistic, Leiden 1976 

2015-16, Lucian of Samosata, selections

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Pavlos Avlamis

In this module we shall explore Lucian’s comic writing through an extract from his mock-autobiographical lecture The Dream (§§6-13) and the whole of his satirical dialogue Timon (§§1-58).  

The two are linked by their witty use of vividly conceived personifications (of Culture, Sculpture, Poverty and Wealth) and by their irreverent play with motifs from Greek literary classics, and they share an agenda of destabilizing complacent ideas of what counts as real success in life, but they pursue it in distinctively different ways. Timon, in particular, blends imitations of Aristophanic comic technique with a sceptical scrutiny of the power of the gods which may also work as indirect critique of Roman imperial administration. 

Prescribed edition: N. Hopkinson, Lucian. A Selection, Cambridge: CUP, 2008.

Primary/introductory reading:

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).
  • C. P. Jones, Culture and society in Lucian, Cambridge MA 1986
  • G. Anderson, Lucian : theme and variation in the second sophistic, Leiden 1976 

2013-14, Lucian, selections

Module convenor/tutor: Professor Michael Trapp

Prescribed Text:  N. Hopkinson (ed.),  Lucian, a selection, Cambridge 2008

Primary/introductory reading:

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).
  • C. P. Jones, Culture and society in Lucian, Cambridge MA 1986
  • G. Anderson, Lucian : theme and variation in the second sophistic, Leiden 1976
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