Classical Greek 5

Course Dates: 23/09/19 - 02/12/19
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ian Murray

Over the course of the year you will improve your skills, reading Sophocles and Plato. We shall be revising grammar by translating from English to Greek on alternate weeks.


What is the course about?

The class will be reading unadapted texts in Greek, with plenty of help from notes. In the English-Greek translation, the sentences for each week will be based on a particular feature of grammar or syntax.

What will we cover?

We shall continue our reading of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the King’ (check with the Citylit for starting point). For translation from English into Greek we shall be continuing to use ‘Writing Greek’ by S Anderson & J Taylor, starting at about Chapter 21.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- be familiar with the language and form of Attic tragedy
- recognise in Greek and use in translation impersonal verbs, the accusative absolute, and gerundive.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should have studied Greek for about four years. As this course is taught in English, you should be fluent in verbal and written English and also be prepared to take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully if you think you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students will be assigned a portion of text to prepare each week, with some grammar sentences on alternate weeks. There will be general discussion on all points arising from the text. Homework: 2-3 hours per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

‘Oedipus Rex’ by Sophocles (any edition, but the one edited by Dawe pub CUP is excellent; ISBN 978-0-521-61735-2); ‘Writing Greek’ by S Anderson & J Taylor pub BCP (ISBN 978-1-85399-717-4).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Classical Greek 5 in Term 2.

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It's challenging but immensely rewarding,
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Just do it, lovely teacher, class mates and course!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
It is highly suitable for someone who has a good knowledge of Greek
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
difficult material but well worth the effort
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Review by anon / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
A really enjoyable course with a knowledgeable and helpful tutor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Give it a go, persevere and don't worry if it seems very difficult to master, that's because it is! But the progress you make, although maybe slow and slight will be enormously satisfying!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
The Tutor is very knowledgeable and keen to make sure all students understand the translation and the grammar in the text. It is a Friendly and relaxed class despite the difficulty of the text.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2018)
Excellent collegiate atmosphere. All participants contribute and the tutor has an excellent grasp of the language and literature and he is most meticulous in ensuring that all the participants understand the linguistic constructions, many of which are complex and very idiomatic.
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Review by Simon / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
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Course Code: RG081

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Mon, day, 23 Sep - 02 Dec '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £97.00

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