Classical Greek 4 upper: module 1
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.
Course Code: RG439
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims at furthering students’ knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that they can continue reading adapted and simple unadapted prose in Classical Greek.
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 textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult learners, based on original Greek sources. We shall start from the beginning of section Twelve A-I (beginning of Part Four, “Women in Athenian society”) and aim at completing it.
Students will read passages adapted from Demosthenes’ “Against Neaira” included in the “Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary” volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall start by revising the genitive absolute; we shall then move on to the study of the aorist passive and of the uses of the infinitive in reported speech. What’s more, we shall start examining conditional sentences, purpose sub-clauses and expressions of wish. Finally, we shall continue expanding our knowledge of athematic verbs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate a good understanding of the genitive absolute;
- demonstrate some familiarity with the aorist passive;
- demonstrate a good understanding of the uses of the infinitive in reported speech;
- demonstrate some familiarity with conditional sentences, purpose sub-clauses and expressions of wish;
- demonstrate an increased familiarity with the conjugation of athematic verbs;
- demonstrate some familiarity with the social and historical context of Demosthenes’ “Against Neaira".
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed Classical Greek 3: Module 3, 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 also 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, self-assessment forms, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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 lower: module 2.
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.