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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS5175M Intermediate Ancient Greek

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Adam Lecznar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Beginners Greek: students who have previously studied Greek for 1-2 years, or to pre-GCSE level (including year 10 but not the GCSE year) can take this module.


CLAS1810Beginners Ancient Greek

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable for students who have gained a pass mark in CLAS1810 Beginners Ancient Greek, or equivalent. The module involves a study and consolidation of more challenging aspects of ancient Greek grammar, and is designed to provide the foundation for beginning to read ancient Greek texts in the original independently, with the help of a dictionary and reference grammar. The material covered by the end of CLAS1810 and this module, taken together, will be approximately equivalent to GCSE Ancient Greek.


The module aims to provide a solid basis in knowledge of intermediate level (or approximately GCSE level) Ancient Greek language – vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, building on the beginners level knowledge of CLAS1810. On completion, students will be able to translate and answer comprehension questions on a range of easier, unadapted Ancient Greek passages; they will have a sound knowledge of a wider vocabulary appropriate to the level, and understand a wider range of sentence structures and syntactical constructions; they will be able to apply grammar and syntax knowledge in translating sentences from English into Greek using a range of constructions. The module will provide a foundation for those who wish to take the acquisition of the language further, for example during the PhD.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have acquired:
- A knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and more challenging syntactical constructions, as appropriate to an intermediate level course
- An ability to conjugate regular verbs in all tenses, voices, and moods, except for the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect, as well as some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods; and to decline regular 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns, and adjectives, and some important irregular nouns and adjectives and pronouns
- an ability to understand and translate into English a range of simpler adapted Ancient Greek passages, with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes as appropriate
- an ability to translate more complex sentences from English into Greek, using the range of syntactical constructions learned
- an appreciation of the Greek roots of a wider range of English words

Skills outcomes
A range of subject-specific skills including the ability to translate harder passages of Ancient Greek, to recognise and apply correctly grammatical and syntactical rules in translating or analysing sentences and clauses, and to conjugate and decline regular and some important irregular verbs, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.


The module involves using a textbook designed for intermediate learners of Ancient Greek, acquiring knowledge of a wider range of vocabulary, grammar and some more complex syntax, approaching a good intermediate level (approximately GCSE level) by the end of the course. It will include grammar exercises, translation of sentences from Greek to English and English to Greek, and translation of unadapted passages from Greek to English. The module is worth 30 credits and consists of 2 classes per week, running through the whole year.

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: 44 hours.
Total: 258 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 and the final 2-hour exam, spaced evenly through the year’s course.

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

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/09/2019


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