Classical Greek 5
Time: 13:10 - 14:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
We will study a selection of Archaic and Classical Greek poetry and songs. We will discuss the themes and contexts of these poems, and revise grammar, dialects, and metre.
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 will study the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, and poems by Alcman, Sappho, Alcaeus, Sappho, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides, and Timotheus. We will discuss the themes and contexts of these poems, and revise grammar, dialects, and metre, every other week, using material provided by the tutor. All texts not included in the The Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics “Greek Lyric: A Selection” will also be provide by the tutor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate with more confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the different themes, styles, and genres of Greek lyric poetry.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for at least five years or 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 class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course 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?
Whole class work; translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. Homework: about 2-3 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Greek Lyric: A Selection (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) ISBN 9780521633871. The text is available on Amazon and in other bookshops.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any one of the Classical Greek 5 courses 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.