What is the course about?
This course is about improving your knowledge and appreciation of Greek in one of its greatest playwrights, and two great prose-writers and philosophers. It is about deepening your understanding of the language, and enlarging your enjoyment.
What will we cover?
We shall be reading ‘Oedipus the King’ by Sophocles (check with the Classics Dept for the exact starting point), and then passages of Plato and Aristotle.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate with confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge of Sophocles’ vocabulary, idiom and style
- recognise and apply the various moods and tenses of irregular verbs, and the -µ¿ verbs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Greek for about four years. 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?
Students will be assigned a portion of text to prepare each week, together with some grammar sentences.
There will be general discussion on all points arising from the text. Homework: 1.5 - 2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’ by Geoffrey Steadman pub by Geoffrey Steadman; all other material to be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any one of a number of Classical Greek 5 courses in September.