Ancient Greek for Absolute Beginners (Term 2)

Ref: C3680133

Have you ever wanted to read the earliest history, philosophy, drama or epic of Europe? Perhaps you would like to read the New Testament in its original language? If so, this course will start you on that journey. Ancient Greek was first written down in its current alphabet in the 8th century BC. It achieved immortality through the literature of Athens, the world's first democracy. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek became the lingua franca of the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world, a status it retained once Alexander's empire was incorporated into the Roman Empire. One consequence of this was the use of Greek in the New Testament. Ancient Greek never died - it simply developed through the ages to become the language spoken in Greece today. Be warned - this course will not help you to have conversations on your Greek holidays (you need a course on modern Greek for that) but you will at least be able to read the station signs before your train has departed!

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the basics of ancient Greek and is suitable for those wishing to learn both classical and New Testament Greek. It is a continuation of an autumn term course and assumes some knowledge of ancient Greek

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is a continuation of a 10-week course run in the autumn term and expects some knowledge of Greek, in particular competence with the Greek alphabet, 1st and 2nd declension nouns and verbs in the present, future and imperfect tenses.

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

  • use a vocabulary of about 225 words in ancient Greek
  • use and form the aorist tense, in both its weak and strong forms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between gender and declension in ancient Greeek
  • use and form regular nouns of the third declension

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The textbook for this course is 'Greek to GCSE Part 1' by John Taylor (Blooomsbury Press 2003 - either the 1st or 2nd edition). We shall be aiming to cover the material in chapters 4 &5 (1-3 were covered in the autumn term course)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Ancient Greek for Absolute Beginners (Term 2)

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