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Level 4

4AACGK02 Greek Language 2

Credit value: 30
Module convenors 2019/20: Dr Ioannis Lambrou (Sem 1) & Dr Akrivi Taousiani (Sem 2)
Teaching pattern: 60 x 1-hour seminars (3 x 1-hour weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 2 x 1-hour in-class tests (10% each); 1 x 3-hour end of year examination (80%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessments by 1 x 3-hour examination (100%)

At least one year's study of Classical Greek or equivalent

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.

If you already have some experience of studying Classical Greek (normally GCSE or equivalent), this module will enhance your understanding of Greek grammar, syntax and vocabulary and will improve your ability to translate Greek into good English.

You are expected to attend all classes. Preparation and consolidation in your own time is essential, and time spent learning grammar and vocabulary is just as important as completing written exercises. As an approximate guide, students on this course should expect to spend at least 6-8 hours a week in private study and preparation, in addition to the scheduled class hours.

Core reading

Students who will be taking this course should purchase the following two volumes in advance. Both books are readily available from online retailers, as well as in good bookshops. You are strongly advised to purchase them before the beginning of term, as these books are widely used as coursebooks and tend to be in high demand in late September. Be sure to purchase the second edition (2007) of both books.

  • Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary. SECOND EDITION (2007, Joint Association of Classics Teachers, Cambridge University Press) ISBN 978-0-521-69851-1
  • Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises. SECOND EDITION (2007, Joint Association of Classics Teachers, Cambridge University Press). ISBN 978-0-521-69852-8

You may also find it helpful to purchase a separate grammar book. We recommend:

James Morwood (2001) Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek. Oxford, OUP

No other books are required for the course. In particular, you do not need An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek, which exists in the same format and by the same authors. This is designed for those learning Greek without a teacher, and it is not used on this course.

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