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.
What is the course about?
The class will be reading selections from Herodotus, Book 1 in Greek. In the English-Greek translation, the topic for each session will be based on a particular feature of grammar or syntax.
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 Book 1, where Herodotus describes the punishment that falls upon Croesus, king of Lydia, for his arrogance in misunderstanding the reply of the oracle of Delphi, and subsequently attacking Cyrus of Persia, and the fascinating and surprising relationship that develops between the two kings.
For translation from English into Greek we shall be continuing to use An Introduction to the Composition & Analysis of Greek Prose, by Eleanor Dickey (starting at around chapter 9 or 10 ). This is a comprehensive and exacting course, as we are finding, instructive even for the experienced student.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- be familiar with features of Herodotus’narrative style
- be able to recognise features of his Ionic vocabulary and diction
- be familiar with the different ways the Greeks expressed Indirect Statements in Attic.
- be familiar with the construction of Direct and Indirect Questions.
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 verbal and written English and also be prepared to take part in class and group discussions 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?
Students will be assigned a portion of text to prepare each week, and we shall go round the class translating. There will be general discussion on points arising from the text, both in terms of language and style. There will also be some grammar exercises. There will be general discussion on all points arising. Homework: 2-3 hours every week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to buy:
- An Introduction to the Composition & Analysis of Greek Prose by Eleanor Dickey pub CUP ISBN 9780521184250
- any edition of Herodotus Book 1 (hard copy or pdf)
We recommend you purchase books after the first session of the course, after you’ve had confirmation that the class is suitable for you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 5 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.