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Greek Language (Beginners')


depending on year of study

There will be four interim exams, each worth 10% of the module, as follows:

T1, Monday week 6 (6/11), 1pm – Lib2

T2, wk 1, (8/1/18), 10am – Lib2

T2, wk 6, (12/2/18), 10am – Lib2

T3, wk 1, (23/4/18), 11am – Lib2


This module offers the opportunity to learn the basics of the classical Greek language and is designed for students who have little or no previous experience of the language. The department believes that language is at the heart of the discipline and that students who enjoy langauges should have some Greek as well as Latin.

This module will be taken by:

  • 1st Year Q800 students who have no qualification in Greek.
  • 2nd year students who want to add to try Greek after a year of Latin, or begin Greek alongside further study of Latin.
  • First year students who can demonstrate that they are likely to be able to learn Greek. Evidence might be an A level in a modern language or a good GCSE in Latin. (Otherwise, first year students generally take Latin which provides a better foundation for taking up Greek in their second year.)
  • Third (or fourth) year students who have been studying Latin for two years.

The department welcomes enquiries from students outside the Classics Department. Potential non-classicists should email the module convenor to signify their interest. Because Classical Greek is a difficult language, we will need to see evidence that you will be able to meet the demands of the course so we will discuss your previous language learning experience.


There are three hours of teaching each week. Attendance is required at all classes. If you are ill, you should contact your lecturer by email as soon as possible giving an indication of why you could not be expected to attend. In the absence of any such email, your absence will be noted as unauthorised. Out experience is that regular attendance is the single most important factor for success on this module.


Office hours are an important part of the module, offering students the opportunity to sort out areas of uncertainty as the module progresses. Each module tutor has their hours displayed outside their office which are available during teaching weeks. If these times are not convenient or outside term-time, send me an email


There are four exams during the course and one at the end.

Please note:

  • If you do not sit the exam at set time, you cannot sit it at a later date.
  • If you are too ill to sit the exam, university regulations require you to provide a medical note from your GP confirming that you were unfit to sit the exam on that day.
  • All exams require you to bring your university card to confirm your identity.


Module convenor: Mr Clive Letchford