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Greek Language (Beginners')

Thinking about Greek?

Be assured "that the Latin once obtained, the Greek may be gotten with farre less labour, and every thing as certainly." Brinsley (1627) Ludus Literarius

It's not necessary to have learnt Latin, but it is certainly helpful, and some acquaintance with an inflected language is very helpful indeed.

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    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 all students should, at the minimum, have a basic knowledge of one of the classical languages.

    There are three hours of teaching each week, consisting of three one-hour sessions. Each session should be followed up with around two hours of personal study after each class. This 30 CAT course represents around 300 hours of study over the year.


    There are three hours of teaching each week. If you are ill, please email me 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. Our experience is that regular attendance is the single most important factor for success on this module.

    Office hours

    Office Hours are an important part of the module, offering students the opportunity to have access to a 'language clinic'. For 2019-20, my office hours are Wednesdays 12-1 and Thursdays 12-1 in the first and second terms (excluding Reading Week) and Weeks 1 to 3 of the third term. You do not have to contact me in advance - just turn up. I am very happy to see you at other times, but please email me first. If there is a small query on the language, we can often sort this out with a quick email.


    Module convenor: Mr Clive Letchford