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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Advanced Greek Language 1

Unit code CAHE30120
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CLAH30162 Intensive Greek 2 to the next level. It involves (a) consolidation of Greek Grammar and syntax, (b) building of an enhanced vocabulary (c) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of one set text. (d) practice in unprepared translation of continuous passages from Greek into English and of sentences from English to Greek.



Completion (at least 50%) of CLAH30162 Intensive Greek 2. Students who have achieved marks below 50% in CLAH30162 Intensive Greek 2 are not permitted to proceed to CLAH30120, except with the special permission of the Undergraduate Programme Director and the course unit convenor.


Students taking any Advanced Greek course unit are expected to take the linguists version of any Greek literature courses (where they meet the relevant pre-requisites for those course units).


To continue the study of Greek language acquired at CLAH30162 Intensive Greek 2/A Level, developing skills of reading prose texts, further consolidating knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammar, and developing active knowledge of the language, through translation both into and out of Greek.

Learning outcomes

See specific outcomes below:


This course unit is a continuation of CLAH 30162 and will begin with the revision of the last sections reached in Reading Greek.

This course unit involves:

  • Accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of one set text (usually prose)
  • Practice in unprepared translation from Greek into idiomatic English
  • Systematic revision and development of your knowledge of Greek grammar and syntax – in part through practice in analysing, explaining, and reproducing Greek syntactic structures.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 1 x 1 hour set text class per week;
  • 1 x 1 hour grammar class per week;
  • 1 dedicated consultation hour per week;
  • Blackboard: course documentation will be available on blackboard, as will unseens and further background materials such as instructions on basic scansion.

One reading class per week: 11 classes will focus on reading the set text, and 11 classes will concentrate on unseen translation. One grammar class per week, in which the main concentration will be on the consolidation and development of knowledge and understanding of grammar and syntax, in addition to translation into English and Greek. Weekly parsing test in order to consolidate knowledge of vocabulary and morphology. Weekly written homework, comprising English to Greek and Greek to English, on which written formative feedback will be given. Fortnightly unseen on which written formative feedback will be given.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • read selections from one Greek prose set text and one verse text;
  • translate passages from the set texts unaided;
  • demonstrate consolidation of an understanding of Greek grammar;
  • demonstrate a deepened understanding of Greek grammar;
  • apply knowledge and understanding in the translation of English sentences and passages into Greek.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • increased their capacity to translate unseen passages of Greek into English, with reduced assistance;
  • show ability in prose composition in the translation of sentences from English to Greek.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • make fast and skilful use of language aids, such as dictionaries and grammars.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have/be able to show:

  • self-discipline;
  • organisation;
  • demonstrate problem solving skills.

Employability skills

The course supports the development of a large number of important employment skills, most notably the ability to understand, commit to memory, and successfully deploy the elements of a complex communication system. Conscientious study of an ancient language enhances understanding of English grammatical structures and broadens vocabulary, thereby enhancing the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and eloquently. Students of ancient languages also learn how to extract key elements from complex information and to identify, make sense of, and solve associated problems.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Mid-year exam

90 minutes



3 hours




Feedback methods

  • Written feedback on fortnightly homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above);
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

Recommended reading

  • J. Taylor, Greek beyond GCSE (2nd edition, Bloomsbury 2017)
  • E Abbot & E Mansfield, A Primer of Greek Grammar (Duckworth 1997) and a good Greek-English Lexicon, e.g. H .Liddell and R. Scott, Abridged Greek Lexicon (Oxford 1963)

Set texts for this course vary from year to year, and will be announced before the start of the course each year.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Practical classes & workshops 44
Tutorials 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 131

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jenny Bryan Unit coordinator

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