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Greek Language: Organisation

Text book

The course uses the course Reading Greek (second edition), published by Cambridge University Press. You will be required to have printed copies of both volumes (Text and Vocabulary; Grammar and Exercises) from the first class of the year. Experience has shown that the ebook versions are unsatisfactory. You will not need a lectionary.


We usually run two groups in parallel. Students are assigned to a group at the start of an academic year, taking into account any other commitments. Each group has three classes per week throughout the 23 weeks of teaching. Please note that classes continue through Week 6 in the Autumn and Spring terms, unlike some other modules in the Department. 2nd and 3rd years are expected to attend throughout Week 6 even though it is a reading week.

Independent working

Students are expected to do the majority of their work for this module outside taught classes. Class time will be devoted to introducing new concepts and to addressing areas where students have encountered difficulty. Students are advised that they should reckon on spending an average of at least 2 hours of private study between each class and will also need to spend some time during vacations to consolidate material.

Independent learning will typically involve:

  • preparing passages of Greek
  • written exercises set on topics introduced in the session
  • learning vocabulary
  • learning new endings and sentence structures
  • consolidation of recent material.