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Level 7

7AACM015 Intermediate ancient Greek for research

Credit value: 40 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Nicky Devlin
Teaching pattern: 40 x 1.5-hour seminars (twice weekly)
Please see module list for relevant year
 1 x 3-hour exam (50%); 2 x 1-hour in-class tests (12.5% each); 1 x essay/commentary of 2,500 words (25%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessments by 1 x 3-hour examination (75%) and 1 x 2,500 word commentary (25%).

Prerequisite: One year's study of ancient 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.

This module is for students who have completed a beginners' course in Ancient Greek, designed to extend their knowledge of the language to the point where they are ready to read substantial texts.

Students should expect to devote 8-10 hours a week to independent study.

All students are required to attend all classes, and to prepare for those classes. This requires grammatical exercises, including some translation from English into Greek, as well as preparing to translate passages from Greek, and also some background reading. In Semester 2, or as soon as the class is ready, there will be a more extensive focus on the translation and interpretation of texts.

Core reading

Hitherto we have used:

M. Balme & G. Lawall, Athenaze I and II (OUP revised edition 1995. NB the UK edition)

The choice of textbook is currently under review. Students interested in taking this module are advised to contact the Module Convenor directly at the email address below:


An elementary primer of Greek grammar, such as that of Abbott and Mansfield, would be useful.

Students may of course use any grammar reference books or materials they have from their previous course.


A Greek-English dictionary is essential.

Liddell and Scott's Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon is recommended.


These will be provided by the module convenor. Longer set texts will be selected in consultation with students and for these you will need to purchase one or two texts with commentary later in the module.

Suggested additional reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

The books listed below provide general information on the authors studied, and questions of style and language:

  • Denniston, J.D. Greek Prose Style (BCP)
  • Dover, J.K. (ed.) Ancient Greek Literature (Oxford 1980)
  • Dover, K.J. The Evolution of Greek Prose Style. (Cambridge 1996)  
  • Easterling, P.E.& B.M.W. Knox, (ed.) The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, vol. I (1985).
  • Horrocks, G. Greek: A History of the Language and Its Speakers (London, 1997)
  • Lesky, A. A History of Greek Literature (1966)
  • de Romilly, J. A Short History of Greek Literature (Chicago 1985)
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