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6AACGTA1 Introductory Greek Texts I (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%) and 1 x 1200 word commentary. The commentary will not count towards your final grade, but you are required to attain a pass mark.

(For Study Abroad students attending for only one semester, a 2-hour test paper will be sat in December in place of the end of year examination.)

Prerequisites: Normally 5AACGK3A.  (Available to study abroad students with equivalent experience)

Prohibited combinations:  Students who have previously taken a Level 5 Introductory Greek text module (or equivalent) will not be permitted to progress to a Level 6 Introductory Greek text module.

This module is open to BA Classics (Access Pathway B) students, or students who have started both Ancient Greek and Latin while at King's.

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 6 Introductory 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:

2019/20 Lysias & Plato

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Lucy Nicholas

This module aims to provide you with the support you need in order to feel increasingly confident about tackling straightforward Attic Greek in the original. 

Prescribed text:

  • For Lysias:  C. Carey (ed), Lysiae Orationes (Oxford Classical Texts 2007)
  • For Plato:   J. Burnet (ed), Platonis Opera vol. III (Oxford Classical Texts 1963)

You do not need to purchase these editions.

You can read Lysias (no.1, 2, and 24) and Plato (Menexenus) in the Loeb edition (electronically available via the KCL Library Databases). I would encourage you to read these texts in translation from the Loeb Greek-facing-English edition, so that you become acquainted with the content and get a glimpse of the overall style of writing. The rest we shall do in class. However, the best thing you can do over the summer is revise and keep fully active what you have already learnt this year — if you lose it over the holidays, it will be very difficult to re-connect and move further during term and this will put you at a disadvantage.

The best grammar and syntax book I can recommend is Donald Mastronarde, Introduction to Attic Greek (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London 1993)

The small abridged edition of Liddell and Scott's Greek-English dictionary will be sufficient.

Again, you are not required to buy any of the above, but if you find them at a bargain, snatch them up!


2018/19 Plato & Plutarch

Module convenor/tutor: Federica Scicolone

We will read selections from Plato’s Symposium and Plutarch Moralia: Ἐρωτικός (or Amatorius), two of the most distinctive dialogues on eros in Greek prose. The Symposium explores (amongst other things) the experience and even the science behind being in love, while in Plutarch conjugal attraction is happily reinstated as a state worth pursuing.

Our main focus will be to get to know both texts by translating and analysing the Greek. We will revise specific grammar and syntax as it occurs in the text.

Core reading:

For Plutarch, text handouts will be provided.

Students will be expected to buy a copy of:

  • Plato’s Symposium (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics), Ed. Kenneth Dover,Cambridge University Press:1980)

You can read both texts in the Loeb edition (electronically available via the KCL Library Databases). I would encourage you to read these texts in translation before the beginning of term from the Loeb Greek-facing-English edition, so that you become acquainted with the content and get a glimpse of the overall style of writing. 

Suggested reading:

For reference, you may like to buy (though purchase is optional):

  • Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon (the small abridged version should be sufficient).

You may also find useful:

  • J. Morwood, Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Oxford 2001)
  • H. W. Smyth, Greek Grammar (revised edition; Cambridge, Mass. 1984)
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