Classical Greek 5
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
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?
This course, continuing from 'Classical Greek 5: module 3', aims to improve your fluency and enjoyment in reading and translating Greek, and helping you to gain a greater knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
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 continuing to read Homer’s Odyssey, Book 19; the marvellous story of Odysseus in disguise in his own house, which contains the lovely recognition scene, where his former nurse, Eurycleia, recognises him from an old scar.
We shall also continue with our revision of Greek grammar, using ‘Writing Greek’. Reading the Homer each week will be supplemented with grammar instruction and exercises on alternate weeks.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise and appreciate features of Homer’s epic style and diction.
- be familiar with the idiomatic use of participles.
- recognise and use verbs of fearing, precaution and preventing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for four years. As this course is taught in English, you should be fluent in spoken and written English and also be prepared to take part in class and group discussion on readings. Please read 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 and group work. We shall prepare a section of the text each week, and then go round the class hearing translations in turn. Translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. Homework: about 2-3 hours every week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy:
- ‘Writing Greek’ by S Anderson & J Taylor pub BCP (ISBN 978-1-85399-717-4).
- Homer, Odyssey Book 19 (any edition, but Odyssey Books XlX and XX ed Rutherford pub CUP is good and has good notes).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 5: module 2 in Term 2.
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.