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Level 7

7AACM005 Beginners' Ancient Greek for research

Credit value: 40 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Fiona Haarer 
Teaching pattern: 40 x 1.5-hour seminars (twice weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year 
Assessment: 1 x 3-hour exam (50%); 2 x in-class tests (12.5% each); 1 x essay of 2,000 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%).

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 an intensive module aiming to give to those with little or no previous experience of Attic Greek a solid understanding of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language. By the end of the year you should be able to read easy passages of Greek unseen without assistance and hence gain a deeper understanding of Ancient Greek texts in their original form.

You will be 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: preparing extensively for each class; memorising vocabulary and grammar; doing exercises on paper and online, as directed.

Core reading

M. Balme, G. Lawall, and J. Morwood, Athenaze, 3rd edition, OUP

Dictionaries are allowed in the assessed tests and final year examination. The recommended dictionary is the Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary, Oxford University Press.

Suggested additional reading

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

  • Abbott & Mansfield, A Primer of Greek Grammar, Duckworth 
  • A.-F. Christidis, A History of Ancient Greek: from the beginnings to late antiquity (Cambridge 2007)
  • G. Horrocks, Greek, a history of the language and its speakers (London 1997)
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