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6AACGTA2 Introductory Greek Texts II (Verse): 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 verse. 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: TBC

 Module convenor/tutor: Dr Akrivi Taousiani


2018/19: Homer & Euripides

Module convenor/tutor: Dr Ioannis Lambrou

We will read selections from Homer’s Odyssey Book 19 and Euripides Ion. 

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

Students will be expected to buy a copy of:

  • Homer: Odyssey XIII-XXIV, Ed. W.B. Stanford, M.M. Willcock (Bloomsbury 1998)
  • Euripides: Ion (Paperback), Ed. A.S.Owen (Bloomsbury 2013) - text handouts will be provided

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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