Ancient Greek for Beginners Year 2

Ref: C3680134

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, and you have already studied some Greek this course will continue 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 but you will at least be able to read the station signs before your train has departed!

Course aim

This course is for those wishing to further their existing knowledge of ancient Greek. It is suitable for students of either classical or New Testament Greek. The level is equivalent to the start of the 5th term of a 2-year course to GCSE.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course assumes that students have learnt some ancient Greek and follows on from a course over four terms in which the equivalent of the first year of a GCSE course was covered, and the first term of the second.

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

  • use an increased ancient Greek vocabulary (the 93 words introduced in chapters 8 and 9 of the textbook) as well as the 414 words introduced in earlier chapters
  • demonstrate an increased understanding of how to translate ancient Greek verbs and participles (with reference to a checklist of topics to be covered which will be supplied with the Canvas course)
  • demonstrate an increased understanding of how to ancient Greek nouns, adjectives and pronouns (with reference to a checklist of topics to be covered which will be supplied with the Canvas course)
  • show an understanding of the importance of Socrates to democratic Athens and modern democracies through the reading of accounts of his life and philosophy in extended passages of ancient Greek
  • show an understanding of new grammar and idiom by translating from English into ancient Greek (optional)

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 John Taylor 'Greek to GCSE Part 2' 2nd edition (Bloomsbury Press 2008, reprinted 2016, ISBN: 9781474255202).This is available from Blackwells, Waterstones, Amazon and other booksellers.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Ancient Greek for Beginners Year 2

Enrolment Conditions

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