Classical Greek 2: module 2

Course Dates: 28/04/22 - 07/07/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online
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Continue learning the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can begin to read straightforward Classical Greek prose.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RG004

Started Thu, day, 28 Apr - 07 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course aims to enable students to read straightforward Greek prose by gaining a knowledge of basic grammatical structures. We shall continue to use “Reading Greek”, a textbook designed for adult learners based on original Greek sources.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We shall study the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs (focusing on the aorist indicative, present infinitives, and aorist participles), the comparison of adjectives, and indirect speech. Students will read slightly adapted passages included in the “Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary” volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We will start around Section 6C of the textbook.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- read Greek with increased fluency
- demonstrate good knowledge of the aorist indicative, present infinitives, and aorist participles
- demonstrate good knowledge of the comparison of adjectives
- have some insight into the derivation of English words
- have some insight into Athenian culture and history in the 5th and 4th century BC.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for students who have completed Classical Greek 2: module 1, or those who have an equivalent knowledge. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course consists of translation, grammar instructions and grammar exercises with a high level of student interaction (individual, pair and group work). Students are expected to do the homework regularly and participate in oral classroom activities. Homework will require approx. 1-2 hours per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring writing material. Textbook: “Reading Greek” by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, CUP), 2nd edition, 2 volumes:
- Text and Vocabulary (ISBN: 9780521698511)
- Grammar and Exercises (ISBN: 9780521698528).
An e-book version can also be purchased. We recommend you purchase the book after the first session of the course, after you’ve had confirmation that the class is suitable for you.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Classical Greek 2 module 3.

Daniel Unruh

Having grown up in Canada, I came to Cambridge in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Classics, which I received in 2015. I am a scholar of Ancient Greek history and political thought, with a particular interest in ancient diplomacy and in kings, tyrants, and other sole rulers. My current research combines these interests, focussing on how citizens of ancient Greek city-states interacted with absolute rulers, and on the anxieties and debates that these interactions raised. My book based on this research, entitled "Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought" will be published in Autumn 2022 by Liverpool University Press. Other areas of interest include the politics depicted in Homeric epic, the performance of Greek tragedy and comedy, and the early evolution of the role of the Roman Emperor. I greatly enjoy sharing the many facets of the ancient world with students of all levels. I have long experience teaching Greek and Latin language, literature, and history at the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge, as a private tutor, and more recently at Cambridge's Institute for Continuing Education.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.