Greek for Beginners 1 - CLAS3590

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Anne Alwis checkmark-circle


This module gives students a foundation in Ancient Greek, covering the fundamentals of morphology and syntax. By the end of the module, students will be able to read, comprehend, and translate simple sentences and short passages of Ancient Greek.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 110
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

• In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 20%
• Grammar and Translation Exercises (7-10 in total) – 60%
• Take-home Grammar and Translation Assignments (5-7 in total) – 20%

Reassessment method:
• 100% Grammar and Translation Exercise

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Balme, M. & Lawall, G. (1990). Athenaze: Introduction to Ancient Greek. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Hansen, H. (2006). Greek: An Intensive Course. New York: Fordham University Press
Joint Association of Classical Teachers. (2007) Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Joint Association of Classical Teachers. (2007) Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Show a basic command of some Ancient Greek accidence and syntax;
2 Have a basic knowledge of some grammatical terms and underlying principles of Ancient Greek;
3 Show a basic command of Ancient Greek vocabulary;
4 Demonstrate basic reading skills and strategies in relation to Ancient Greek;
5 Demonstrate basic abilities to translate Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek words and phrases;
6 Show basic abilities to identify and solve some problems with the appropriate tools in short translation passages in prose and/or verse from Ancient Greek authors.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems;
2 Demonstrate an ability to assess the meaning and significance of information;
3 Demonstrate an ability to present written material clearly and effectively, including sensitivity to the reader's perspective;
4 Demonstrate a good attention to detail;
5 Demonstrate an ability to manage time and meet deadlines;


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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