Reading Ancient Greek Literature (4) OUDCE

Ref: C3742866

Ten weeks reading Sophokles and Homer in the original ancient Greek, for students wanting to explore some great literature in a light-hearted yet academically rigorous way.

Additional information about this course

This course is run in co-operation with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE). You can enrol for this course by contacting Liz Crathorne at Maidenhead branch direct at or 01628 632208. Please phone the OUDCE Student Advisor on 01865 280355 for further information. Class numbers will be limited to 25, so early enrolment is advised.

Course aim

The course is designed for students with an advanced level of facility in ancient Greek who wish to read and enjoy authentic texts (in this case Sophokles and Homer) in the original language.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Some previous knowledge is necessary (e.g. rusty O or A Level, or degree).

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the fundamental linguistic structures of classical Greek, their relationship to English, and their distinctive modes of expression.
  • Accurately to be able to translate challenging Greek verse into English
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some exceptional quality Greek poetry in the original language, including the context (literary, historical, social) in which it was written, and the literary features used (e.g. metaphor, simile, rhythm and metre).

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Students will be provided with a variety of assignments including:- Morphology exercises Passages for translation from Latin to English Quizzes to test knowledge of vocabulary and grammar Reading exercises

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Some previous knowledge of Ancient Greek is necessary. Students should have some experience of the basic morphology of verbs, nouns, adjectives etc. and of the main grammatical constructions.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Reading Ancient Greek Literature (4) OUDCE


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