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Greek Literary Texts (Advanced)



Timetable: Face-to-face class Wednesdays 11-1, H4.02; synchronous online Fridays 10-11.

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 in archaic and classical Greek literature. As well as developing the ability of students to translate from Greek, the module also includes discussion of literary and grammatical points and hones wider interpretative skills in relation to up-to-date scholarship on set texts. 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 not only to understand in detail the expressive structures of form in the set texts but also to recognise the interpretative implications of these structures;
• an awareness of how the thematic concerns of the individual works studied relate more broadly to the authors’ works/genres as a whole;
• the ability to interpret and discuss critically aspects of the set texts in relation to secondary scholarship;

• increased confidence and fluency in independent reading of Ancient Greek texts in the original language.

This module runs every year.

It is essential that students bring to class a copy of James Morwood's Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek. For working on the texts in your own time, I strongly recommend that you own your own hard-copy of a Greek Lexicon (perhaps either LSJ or the new Cambridge Lexicon). The former is available electronically via Perseus or the Logeion smartphone app (which also has Autenrieth's Homeric Lexicon), but is less easy to navigate than a hard copy; the latter will be available online via Cambridge Core quite soon I hope.

Module Convenor: David Fearn