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Greek Literary Texts (Advanced)


The purpose of the module is to build upon Greek Language and Literature (or A Level) and to allow students both to broaden and to deepen their understanding of Greek by further reading of significant works by authors and in genres for the most part not previously studied. As well as developing the ability of students to translate from Greek, the module also includes discussion of literary and grammatical points. By the end of this module students should expect to have:

• an advanced and comprehensive knowledge of Greek grammar
• the ability to recognise and comment upon a number of different genres and stylistic registers in Greek texts
• the ability to translate the set texts and recognise the philological and interpretative implications of their translations
• an awareness of how the thematic concerns of the individual books studied relate to the authors’ work as a whole
• the ability to translate previously unprepared passages from the set authors
• the ability to interpret and discuss critically aspects of the set texts and of some secondary bibliography

This module runs every year.

It is essential that the students bring with them their own copies of the Greek-English lexicon and James Morwood's grammar of classical Greek. Better still, have a copy of Juan Coderch's Classical Greek: A new grammar.


-We will meet in person on Wednesdays 11-1pm, in Humanities room H.0.58 to discuss the set texts (in term 1, Homer, Od. 8).

-An additional hour, dedicated to grammar consolidation work on unseen texts, will be taught remotely (asynchronous). You will be given material to work on, with a possibility to catch up with the module tutor via Teams. Please see online office hours of your tutors.

Module convenor: Dr Caroline Petit (term 1+3) & Dr David Fearn (term 2+3)

NB It is recommended that students taking this module in 2020-21 should make a start at reading Odyssey book 8, alongside the commentary by Garvie, Homer Odyssey Books VI-VIII (Cambridge 1994), in preparation for the Autumn term.