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CLAS5110M Beginners Ancient Greek

30 creditsClass Size: 3

Module manager: Dr Adam Lecznar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS1810Beginners Ancient Greek

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces the Ancient Greek language from a complete beginners level, starting with the alphabet. It is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of Ancient Greek, but also those with a little prior experience but no formal qualification. It will use an introductory textbook to teach grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and translation, and over the two semesters will progress to a post-beginners / lower intermediate level of linguistic ability.


The module is designed to provide a solid basis in knowledge of beginners level Ancient Greek language - vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Students will learn to translate and answer comprehension exercises on passages of adapted, and some easier un-adapted, Ancient Greek writing. Their understanding of grammar and syntax will be developed through translating simpler sentences from English into Ancient Greek. The module will provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue study of the language to higher levels, e.g. during a PhD.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have acquired:
- a knowledge of Ancient Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntactical constructions, as appropriate to a beginners level course;
- an ability to conjugate regular and some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods, and to decline regular and some important irregular nouns and adjectives;
- an ability to understand and translate into English adapted Ancient Greek passages and to tackle some simpler un-adapted passages with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes;
- an ability to translate simple sentences from English into Ancient Greek;
- an appreciation of the Ancient Greek roots of many English and European words.

Skills outcomes
Linguistic skills, including: the ability to translate passages of Ancient Greek; to recognise and apply correctly grammatical and syntactical rules in translating or analysing sentences; and to conjugate and decline regular and key irregular verbs, nouns, and adjectives.


The module involves using a textbook designed for ab initio learners of Ancient Greek, acquiring knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and some easier syntax. Content at the end of the module will approach a lower intermediate level. The module will include grammar exercises, translation of sentences from Ancient Greek to English and English to Ancient Greek, and translation of passages from Ancient Greek to English. The module is worth 30 credits and consists of 2 classes per week, running over both semesters.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours258.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Day-to-day preparation, assigned homework, and learning of vocabulary grammar and syntax for each class, including formative in-class tests: 4.5 hours for each class = 198 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for two in-class assessments (summative): 8 hours for each test = 16 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for final exam: 40 hours.
Total: 254 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored:
- at an informal level, through contributions in class, regular formative tests of vocabulary and grammar, and written homework in the form of short grammar/syntax exercises or translations;
- at a formal level, through the two summative 1-hour in-class tests, spaced evenly through the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 Hour Test25.00
In-course Assessment1 Hour Test25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 16/09/2019


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