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    A reading-based beginners’ paper covering the basic elements of Ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, designed to develop reading skills in Ancient Greek.

    This is a paper for beginners in Ancient Greek, one of the world's greatest and most celebrated languages. It is designed to cover the basic elements of Greek grammar and vocabulary and to develop reading skills in the language. The method is reading based, which means that continuous Greek texts are read from the outset based on the life of a fictional Greek family living in Athens in about 431 BCE. Grammar and vocabulary are systematically introduced through the texts and consolidated by means of exercises, with links made between Greek and English vocabulary.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Greek 1
    Subject Greek
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    The paper is suitable for students of all backgrounds.
    Teaching staff

    Lecturer: To be confirmed.

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers three key themes:

    • Ancient Greek vocabulary
    • Ancient Greek grammar
    • The links between English and Greek, both linguistically and culturally

    M. Balme & G. Lawall Athenaze (Oxford UP) vol. 1 (US edition) Check University Bookstore for latest edition

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Scholarship, Communication.
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    Learning Outcomes
    • An understanding of fundamental Ancient Greek vocabulary and grammar
    • The ability to understand Greek texts and translate them accurately into English
    • An enhanced understanding of English as a language
    • Skills in information processing (e.g. analysing, understanding, interpreting and thinking critically)
    • Skills in self-management and independent work (e.g. in planning, organising and managing time as you prepare for class)
    • Experience of teamwork and co-operation in small-group environments (e.g. by participating in class and engaging with classmates)
    • Development of creative problem-solving skills


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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