BA Ancient History and History

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Greek Language 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE30121
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CAHE30162 Intensive Greek 2 or A-level Greek 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 Greek set texts. (d) practice in unprepared translation of continuous passages from Greek into English and of sentences from English to Greek.


Pre-requisite units

Completion (at least 40%) of CAHE30162 Intensive Greek 2 (or A-level Greek or equivalent). Students who have achieved marks below 40% in CAHE30162 Intensive Greek 2 are not permitted to proceed to CAHE30120.

Co-requisite units

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).



The aims of this course are to continue the study of Greek language acquired at CAHE30162 Intensive Greek 2 (or equivalent), 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.

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

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

Mid Year Exam

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

The set text for language learning, which all students are required to buy, is Taylor, J. (2nd ed.) 2017 Greek Beyond GCSE (9781474299770). 


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 44
Independent study hours
Independent study 156

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Taylor Unit coordinator

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