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?
This is the account, by the great philosopher Plato, of the trial of his master Socrates, accused in 399BC of impiety and corruption of the young. On alternate weeks we shall be using an excellent book, taking us one step at a time through advanced points of 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?
Plato is a master of style as well as language, and we shall examine how he creates Socrates’ arguments, and how he varies formal and colloquial speech.
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 use impersonal verbs, the accusative absolute, and gerundive
- recognise and translate with confidence all the regular constructions in Greek grammar.
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?
The Apology of Socrates, Plato (any edition; the one by A M Adam is excellent pub CUP ISBN 0521. 05958. 5)
Writing Greek by S Anderson & J Taylor pub BCP (Bloomsbury ISBN 978-1-85399-717-4).
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.