ATS2748 - Introduction to Ancient Greek - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Connor


Dr Andrew Connor

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


In this unit, students will study the ancient Greek language. The unit is designed to bring students with no previous knowledge of ancient Greek to a level at which they can begin to read and enjoy ancient Greek texts. Emphasis in this unit is on acquiring grammatical knowledge and on building a good vocabulary. Students will learn the Greek alphabet and begin reading Greek prose of increasing complexity, with emphasis on the Attic Greek dialect spoken and written in Athens in the 5th century BCE - the language of Plato, Thucydides, and the great Athenian playwrights.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will:

  1. demonstrate a base of grammatical and syntactic knowledge in ancient Greek;
  2. recognise and translate a substantial vocabulary in ancient Greek;
  3. identify basic terms of grammatical analysis in English and apply them to the study of ancient Greek;
  4. read, interpret, and translate a number of texts in the Attic dialect.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Exam: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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