Classical Greek 4 lower: module 3
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: RG159
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims to introduce new elements of advanced Classical Greek grammar while we read through the last extracts in the textbook inspired by Demosthenes’ speech “The Prosecution of Neaira”; the final weeks of this module will be dedicated to reading a selection of unadapted verses from Euripides’ play “Alkestis”.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the two volumes of “Reading Greek” (“Grammar and Exercises” and “Text and Vocabulary”) starting at section Fourteen A-F (“Guarding a woman’s purity”) and aiming at reaching the end of Section Fifteen A-C (“Alkestis in Euripides’ play”); this will allow us to move on to Part Five (“Athenian views of justice”) as we start the first module of Classical Greek 4 upper next year.
The grammar topics that we are going to introduce are the subjunctive mood (present, aorist and perfect); indefinite constructions with án; and the future perfect. What’s more, we shall learn to scan Greek verse, focusing on the structure of iambic trimeters.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show some familiarity with the subjunctive mood (present, aorist and perfect);
- Identify and translate indefinite constructions with ¿¿ [án];
- Show some familiarity with the future perfect;
- Scan Greek verse and show familiarity with the structure of iambic trimeters;
- Discuss some aspects of the socio-historical background to Demosthenes’ speech “The Prosecution of Neaira”;
- Appreciate some stylistic features of Euripides’ play “Alkestis”.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed “Classical Greek 4 lower: Module 2”, or who have equivalent experience. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and take part in group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 2-3 hours of homework per week. Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The two volumes of “Reading Greek” by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers:
- “Grammar and Exercises”, ISBN 10: 0521698529, 13: 9780521698528 - CUP 2007.
- “Text and Vocabulary”, ISBN 10: 0521698510,13: 9780521698511 - CUP 2007.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 4 upper: module 1 in September.
James is interested in the languages, cultures, society, and archaeology of ancient Mediterrean. As a child, he was fascinated by the displays and exhibitions at the Birmignham Musuem and Art Gallery, and enjoyed reading about all things ancient. After school, he went to the University of Exeter for his BA and MA, and was introduced to the sites of Greece on the British School at Athens undergraduate school. His PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Reseach Council and looked at the role fo music in ancient Sparta. As well as teaching at City Lit, he also lecturers at the University of Reading, and in 2022 he will start a Marie Curie fellowship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, continuing his research into ancient Greek music. In his spare time, he enjoys amateur gardening, and listening to new and unfamiliar music.
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.