What is the course about?
Further your knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can read more complex Classical Greek prose.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult learners, based on original Greek sources. We shall start from a revision of the first topics and texts introduced in section 7A-H and aim at reaching the end of this section.
Students will read adapted passages included in the Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall start by revising the formation and functions of present infinitives (active and middle). We will then move on to the study of first and second aorist participles (active and middle). Finally, we shall examine the formation and uses of comparative and superlative adjectives (regular and irregular).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate some knowledge of the formation and functions of present infinitives (active and middle);
- demonstrate some knowledge of first and second aorist participles (active and middle);
- demonstrate some knowledge of the formation and uses of comparative and superlative adjectives (regular and irregular);
- demonstrate a solid knowledge of the declension of nouns, adjectives and pronouns, in all three declensions;
- have some insight into the derivation of English words;
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed Classical Greek 2: Module 2, or who 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 group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 2-3 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers:
Grammar and Exercises: ISBN 10: 0521698529, 13: 9780521698528 - CUP 2007
Text and Vocabulary: ISBN 10: 0521698510,13: 9780521698511 - CUP 2007.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 3: Module 1.
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