Greek Civilisation, Language and Culture

Ref: C3744404

Greek culture has influenced the literature, philosophy, science, and even politics of the modern world. The Greek language has contributed a great deal to modern Western languages, and ultimately their alphabets derive from the Greek script. It is also perhaps the oldest recorded language still in daily use. This course will introduce you to the culture and language of Greece, mainly of the classical period (which has had the greatest influence on Western culture), but not neglecting later developments. You will also be encouraged to suggest particular topics relevant to the main subject, which so far as is possible will be fitted into the course.

Course aim

To introduce you to the history and culture of Greece, especially of ancient Greece, and its influence on the modern world, and to give you an overview of the Greek language and script.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognize and understand how the culture of Greece has influenced our own.
  • identify and understand something of what that culture was like and how it developed.
  • Demonstrate and know something of the Greek language and its script.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • You should find the course helpful if you decide to study Greek culture further, at the WEA or elsewhere - and if you want to learn Greek, classical or modern.

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Greek Civilisation, Language and Culture


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