Classical Greek 5
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RG185
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course is designed to deepening and extending your knowledge and appreciation of Classical Greek authors in the original language, whilst also revising some grammar.
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?
The authors and texts will be agreed with the students at the start of the course. The tutor will be able to suggest texts and editions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate unadapted Greek texts with confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the authors’ vocabulary and style
- appreciate some of the themes and language used in the works
- demonstrate improved knowledge of Classical Greek grammar
- have a deeper understanding of the world of ancient Greece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Classical Greek for at least 5 years or have an equivalent advanced knowledge. As this course is taught in English, please read the 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?
The course combines whole-class discussion work with pair and group work. Depending on students’ wish, grammar instructions and exercises may also be given. Each week students will be assigned passages to prepare and translate at home prior to each class. Students are expected to do a couple of hours’ homework per week and participate in oral classroom activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The texts will be confirmed by the tutor at the start of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Another Classical Greek 5 class.
Having grown up in Canada, I came to Cambridge in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Classics, which I received in 2015. I am a scholar of Ancient Greek history and political thought, with a particular interest in ancient diplomacy and in kings, tyrants, and other sole rulers. My current research combines these interests, focussing on how citizens of ancient Greek city-states interacted with absolute rulers, and on the anxieties and debates that these interactions raised. My book based on this research, entitled "Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought" will be published in Autumn 2022 by Liverpool University Press. Other areas of interest include the politics depicted in Homeric epic, the performance of Greek tragedy and comedy, and the early evolution of the role of the Roman Emperor. I greatly enjoy sharing the many facets of the ancient world with students of all levels. I have long experience teaching Greek and Latin language, literature, and history at the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge, as a private tutor, and more recently at Cambridge's Institute for Continuing Education.
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.