Classical Greek 5
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RG145
Available start dates
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this advanced course you will gain more fluency in translating unadapted texts (with plenty of help!) and improve your knowledge of classical Greek grammar.
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?
Sophocles deals with the revenge by Orestes for the murder of his father Agamemnon by his mother Clytemnestra, a justly famous myth which is central to Greek culture. The revenge seems to have the approval of the god Apollo, and yet there are dire results for Orestes and his sister Electra.
We shall also be revising Geek grammar using a penetrating study by Eleanor Dickey.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate the text with confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate extensive knowledge of Sophocles’ vocabulary, style and dramatic ability.
- in prose, identify and use constructions involving commands, wishes and prevention.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for about four years. 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 the text. 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?
Students will be assigned a portion of text to prepare each week, together with some grammar sentences.
Homework: about 2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Text: Electra, Sophocles; (any edition, but that of J Kells, pub CUP ISBN 0521.09796-7 is excellent)
‘An Introduction to the Composition & Analysis of Greek Prose’ by E. Dickey pub CUP (ISBN 978.0521.184250).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 5 module 3.
Ian has been teaching Latin & ancient Greek at the Citylit for 13 years, and before that taught youngsters in the independent sector. He qualified with a degree in Classics from King's College, London and says: 'In any one class at a school you might have only a handful who really want to study your subject, but here at the Citylit everyone in the class is there because they wish to be - learning purely for pleasure. People work well, in classes with a strong sense of loyalty, independent of syllabuses, and at the class's own pace. People I meet connected with Classics are amazed to hear that we have over 35 language classes a week. All this makes for a unique selling point. Ian takes one advanced Latin class as well as three of Greek, and outside the College he is a member of a team translating the letters of Marsilio Ficino of Florence, the Renaissance Platonist.
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.