Classical Greek 5
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
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 course aims to improve your fluency in reading Classical Greek by translating Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.
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 will translate, examine and discuss Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
- As we go, we will revise relevant grammatical and syntactical structures.
- We will also look at relevant contextual background, to get an idea of the traditions in which Aristophanes was writing.
- And we will consider the question of what life was really like for women in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Read Aristophanes’ Lysistrata in the original Attic Greek
- Appreciate its themes, language, style and context
- Improve your knowledge of the grammar and syntax.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for at least 4-5 years. As this course is taught in English and requires a good understanding of the nuances of translation, you should be fluent or nearly fluent. 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; tutor posing questions and answering questions raised by the students. Students will be asked to prepare the translation of selected passages for each class. Homework: about 3-4 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Lysistrata by Aristophanes (any edition; available to download online).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 5 in Term 2.
James is interested in the languages, cultures, society, and archaeology of ancient Mediterrean. As a child, he was fascinated by the displays and exhibitions at the Birmignham Musuem and Art Gallery, and enjoyed reading about all things ancient. After school, he went to the University of Exeter for his BA and MA, and was introduced to the sites of Greece on the British School at Athens undergraduate school. His PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Reseach Council and looked at the role fo music in ancient Sparta. As well as teaching at City Lit, he also lecturers at the University of Reading, and in 2022 he will start a Marie Curie fellowship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, continuing his research into ancient Greek music. In his spare time, he enjoys amateur gardening, and listening to new and unfamiliar music.
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.