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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

Students will need access to the following (see however remarks below):

  • Balme, Lawall and Morwood, Athenaze Books I and II,  Oxford University Press (revised 3rd edition, January 2016)

The course begins with a straightforward diagnostic exercise in class to ensure that this course is at the right level for the student. Students may wish to postpone buying textbooks until after they have completed the exercise.  

We make limited use of Part 1 in the first few weeks of the course and students may like to save money and borrow a copy or find an old edition secondhand rather than buying the second edition new.

These textbooks offer an excellent grounding in the language and valuable supplementary material. Additional material will be supplied by the module convenor.

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An elementary primer of Greek grammar, such as James Morwood’s Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Oxford 2003) or Abbott and Mansfield’s Primer of Greek Grammar (Duckworth 1977) 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 may 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 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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