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.
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What is the course about?
The aim is for you to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of Greek epic and come to appreciate more fully aspects of Homer’s syntax, style, and metre, as well as his superb story-telling techniques. We shall be revising grammar on a fortnightly basis, and this term we shall look at result clauses, conditionals and the various uses of participles, with translation into 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 continue reading and translating Homer Odyssey Book 19, with Homer building up the tension of his tale as Odysseus plans how best to free his wife and family from the plague of suitors who are consuming his estate. Penelope is at her wits’ end as to what to do, as her disguised husband continues with his secrecy and chicanery. Meanwhile his old nurse threatens to derail his entire future when she recognises an ancient scar.
Also, on alternate weeks we shall be revising grammar using ‘Writing Greek’ by Anderson & Taylor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise and translate with confidence result clauses
- be familiar with the various kinds of conditional clauses in Greek, including those in indirect speech
- recognise the different functions of participles in Greek, and how they relate to the main verb of the sentence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for three years and should have completed Classical Greek 5 Lower - module 2, 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?
Homer Odyssey Xlll- XXlV ed Stanford pub BCP (Bloomsbury)
Writing Greek by S Anderson & J Taylor pub BCP (Bloomsbury).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any of the Classical Greek 5 courses available in September.
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.