Classical Greek 5
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
This course is about improving your knowledge and appreciation of a justly famous drama: the revenge of Orestes and Electra for the murder of their father Agamemnon. It is also about deepening your understanding of the language, and enlarging your appreciation and enjoyment.
We shall also be revising Geek grammar using a penetrating study by Eleanor Dickey.
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?
In the grammar, the use of temporal clauses and gerundives; in the Sophocles, alongside translation: the narrative style, characterisation, and poetic use of language.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate with enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge of Sophocles’ vocabulary, idiom and style
- recognise and apply the various moods and tenses of verbs
- personal, reflexive, reciprocal & demonstrative pronouns
- recognise and translate temporal clauses and gerundives with skill and confidence.
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: 2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Electra, Sophocles; (any edition, but that of J Kells, pub CUP ISBN 0521.09796-7 is excellent)
An Introduction to the Composition & Analysis of Greek Prose by E. Dickey pub CUP (ISBN 978.0521.184250).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any one of a number of Classical Greek 5 courses in September.
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.