What is the course about?
The course aims to help intermediate students to read adapted Greek texts with confidence and enjoyment while progressing with the study of Classical Greek grammar.
What will we cover?
We shall be reading adapted Greek prose from the volume “Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary”, starting from section 10A (“Part Three”); we shall aim at reaching the end of section 11C, so as to be ready to begin “Part Four” (“Women in Athenian Society”) in September.
While reading such passages, we shall revise the principal parts of a significant number of Greek verbs, paying special attention to ‘irregular’ (i.e. ‘suppletive’) forms. The present and imperfect passive and the genitive absolute – which we have already encountered – will be formally introduced, and will become a regular fixture in our texts. As we revise the optative present, we will learn the forms of the first and second aorist optative (active and middle). What’s more, we will deal more systematically with relative pronouns and the subordinate clauses that they introduce. We shall also revise comparative adverbs, as well as adjectives that follow the inflection of, respectively, p¿¿, p¿sa, p¿¿; ¿¿¿¿¿¿, -e¿a, -¿; and ¿µe¿¿¿, -¿¿. Finally, we shall start exploring the complete conjugation of such a-thematic verbs as d¿d¿µ¿ and f¿µ¿.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
– read adapted prose passages from the Reading Greek textbook with confidence and enjoyment;
– identify and remember the principal parts of a significant number of Greek verbs, including ‘suppletive’ forms;
– spot and translate present and imperfect passive forms;
– spot and translate genitive absolute constructions;
– spot and translate active and middle optative forms, both present and aorist (first and second);
– analyse and translate subordinate clauses introduced by relative pronouns;
– show familiarity with the conjugation of a-thematic verbs such as d¿d¿µ¿ and f¿µ¿;
– be fully familiar with comparative adverbs;
– master the inflection of adjectives of the p¿¿, p¿sa, p¿¿; ¿¿¿¿¿¿, -e¿a, -¿; and ¿µe¿¿¿, -¿¿ types.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed the second module of Classical Greek 3, or have an equivalent level of familiarity with the language.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each class will entail some (though limited) frontal instruction; plenty of pair and team work; and whole class discussions and brain-storming. You must be prepared to dedicate between one and three hours per week to read and translate adapted Greek prose, which will then be discussed in class; revise any new grammar topic that has been introduced in class; and check whether you have fully assimilated the new grammar topics by doing the guided grammar exercises in the “Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises” volume (note that, although these won’t normally be corrected in class, the teacher will provide a key to such exercises).
Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, self-assessment forms, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
(1) “Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary” (which you may want to bring to class) and (2) “Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises” (which you will consult at home) by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell; these are both published by Cambridge University Press for the Joint Association of Classical Teachers. Please purchase or borrow the second edition of these books; note that some copies are available in the City Lit library.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 4 module 1.