Classical Greek 5

Course Dates: 24/01/19 - 04/04/19
Time: 12:15 - 13:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Matteo Favaretto

Improve your fluency in reading Classical Greek by translating Sophocles' Philoctetes.


What is the course about?

The course aims to improve your reading of Ancient Greek through the translation of Sophocles' Philoctetes.

What will we cover?

We will continue translating Sophocles’ Philoctetes, begun in the previous term (please check with the tutor through the Classical Languages and Civilisations Department for the exact point to start at).

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

- read Sophocles’ Philoctetes in the original language;
- appreciate its themes, language and style.

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

You should have studied Greek for at least 4 years. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if 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 asked to prepare the translation of a certain number of lines for each lesson. General discussion of grammar, style, themes, historical and cultural points arising from the text. Homework: about 2-3 hours per week.

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

Any edition of the play. Recommended: Sophocles, Philoctetes, ed. by Seth L. Schein (Cambridge University Press, 2013) ISBN-13: 978-0521681438.

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

Classical Greek 5 in Term 3.

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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: RG129

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Thu, day, 24 Jan - 04 Apr '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

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