6AACGT09 Greek Texts IX (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
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) (For Study Abroad students attending for only one semester, 1 x 2-hour test paper in December.)
Prerequisites: A pass in 5AACGK3B or a level 5 Greek text module, 5AACGT01-GT04. (Available to study abroad students with equivalent experience)
This is a Level 6 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 knowledge of the context, content and themes of the set text(s), as well as translation ability.
For the specific text assigned for a particular year, please see below:
2012-13, Plato, Phaedrus
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Shaul Tor
In this module, we will read Plato’s Phaedrus. One of Plato’s richest, strangest and most fascinating dialogues, the Phaedrus raises and explores a striking array of questions concerning the nature of erotic love, inspiration, madness, rhetoric, dialectic, sophistry, philosophy, writing, mythology, the human soul, the gods, knowledge and reality. We will pay close attention to the linguistic comprehension of the set text, but, throughout, we will also raise and engage with questions of philosophical and literary interpretation.
By the time of the first class, you must have read, and be ready to translate from, Phaedrus 227a-230e.
Recommended editions and commentaries
passages for assessment will be set from the old Oxford Classical Text (J. Burnet, 1905 and repr.)
H. Yunis, Plato. Phaedrus, Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, 2011
Preliminary bibliography - handbooks and studies
G.R.F. Ferrari, Listening to the Cicadas: A Study of Plato’s Phaedrus, Cambridge 1987
A. Ford, The Origins of criticism: literary culture and poetic theory in Classical Greece, Princeton 2002
W. Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. IV: Plato, the man and his dialogues, earlier period, Cambridge UP 1975
C. Kahn, Plato and the Socratic Dialogue, Cambridge UP 1997
R. Kraut, The Cambridge Companion to Plato, Cambridge UP 1992
R. Rutherford, The Art of Plato, Duckworth 1995