Classical Greek 5

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 06/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This term we shall be continuing our study of Sophocles’ famous ‘Oedipus the King’ in the original, and then go on to translate a selection of passages from Plato and Aristotle. We shall also be continuing to develop our understanding of Greek grammar using material provided by the tutor.


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.


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It is good fun and very suitable for somebody with at least A Level standard Greek
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/11/2019)
You will be entranced by your developing ability to read original Greek passages and thrilled with your increasing grasp of the grammar.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/11/2019)
It's challenging but immensely rewarding,
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
Just do it, lovely teacher, class mates and course!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
It is highly suitable for someone who has a good knowledge of Greek
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
difficult material but well worth the effort
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Review by anon / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
A really enjoyable course with a knowledgeable and helpful tutor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Give it a go, persevere and don't worry if it seems very difficult to master, that's because it is! But the progress you make, although maybe slow and slight will be enormously satisfying!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
The Tutor is very knowledgeable and keen to make sure all students understand the translation and the grammar in the text. It is a Friendly and relaxed class despite the difficulty of the text.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2018)
Excellent collegiate atmosphere. All participants contribute and the tutor has an excellent grasp of the language and literature and he is most meticulous in ensuring that all the participants understand the linguistic constructions, many of which are complex and very idiomatic.
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Review by Simon / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Ian Murray

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.

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Course Code: RG073

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Mon, day, 20 Apr - 06 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

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