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.
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