What is the course about?
The course aims to develop students’ ability to read Greek prose by gaining a knowledge of basic grammatical structures and Greek culture.
What will we cover?
The course uses the textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult
beginners, based on original Greek sources. Starting at section 4A-B, students will read adapted passages from works by Plato. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the declension of nouns and adjectives, tenses of verbs, and participles. Additionally, we will learn about the history of 5th century Athens, death and burial in the Greek world, and Greek religion.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate knowledge of the formation and functions of participles
- demonstrate knowledge of the present and imperfect tenses
- demonstrate knowledge of the declension of nouns, adjectives and pronouns, in all three
- have some insight into the derivation of English words
- demonstrate knowledge about Greek history and culture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed Classical Greek 1: Module 3, or who have
equivalent experience. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal
and written instructions in English and also take part in group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The courses uses a wide range of materials, including translation of both extended passages
and grammar exercises. It will also include a high level of student interaction with some pair and
group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities
and to do 2-3 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers:
Grammar and Exercises: ISBN 10: 0521698529, 13: 9780521698528 - CUP 2007
Text and Vocabulary: ISBN 10: 0521698510,13: 9780521698511 - CUP 2007.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 2: module 2.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details