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Classical Language and Texts: Greek II

Module titleClassical Language and Texts: Greek II
Module codeCLA1202
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Professor Daniel Ogden (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module will build on your knowledge of Greek from Greek level I or equivalent. You will learn to read and understand unadapted passages from Greek texts, without assistance. You will also complete some English to Greek work. You will be taught to use grammatical aids which will enable you to follow linguistic structures to help you to solve problems of syntax and grammatical structure. You will have regular practice at translating text and will be assessed through the year. This module will prepare you for higher level Greek classes at stage 3.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aims of the module are:

  • To develop your linguistic confidence.
  • To develop your ability to read extracts without adaptation from the most important and influential Greek authors.
  • To encourage you to appreciate the style of different authors and the relationship between language and literary content.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in Greek grammar and syntax, and an expanded vocabulary
  • 2. Demonstrate analytical skills and be able to translate extended unprepared and set passages from Greek into English, answering questions about specific linguistic forms which appear in them

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate reasonable fluency in a foreign non-spoken language
  • 4. Interpret and analyse works from a literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Follow linguistic structures in a foreign language in order to gain independent understanding
  • 6. Demonstrate independent study and memory skills through systematic language learning strategies

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

The study of language and literature will be integrated progressively with greater emphasis in the first weeks on developing grammar and syntax. Set texts will be chosen from various authors of both prose and poetry, from the Cambridge Greek Anthology and other books.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching663 x 1 hour seminars per week
Scheduled Learning and Teaching221 x 1 hour grammar consolidation seminar per week
Guided Independent Study212Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-6Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Final test (Term One)251 hour1-6Mark and written comments
Final test (Term Two)251 hour1-6Mark and written comments
Language tests (five)5050 minutes each. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-6Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Final testsFinal tests1-6Referral/Deferral period
Language testsTests1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • L.A. Wilding, Greek for Beginners
  • Abbott and Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar
  • North and Hillard, Greek Prose Composition JACT A Greek Anthology

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Classics, Greek, Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

GCSE Greek or equivalent

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NQF level (module)


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