Later Greek Prose in the Original - CL742

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) DR R Wyles


Pre-requisite if taken at Level 5: CL360 – Beginner's Greek 2; AS or A level Greek; or an equivalent qualification/level of ability must be demonstrated.





Students will participate in the close reading and interpretation of Greek prose texts. Translation of the text(s) from the original will enhance understanding of its construction by the author(s) and invite reflection on the use of stylistic and linguistic features (and their effect). This understanding may be further developed through the study of the literary and cultural context within which the text was produced.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30

Method of assessment

• Essay (2000 words) – 50%
• Examination (3 hours) – 50%

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Beck, M. (ed.) (2014). A Companion to Plutarch. Malden, Mass: Blackwell.
Pelling, C.B.R. (ed.) (1988). Plutarch's Life of Antony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Students interested in developing their knowledge of particular aspects of the core texts are encouraged to seek out their additional resources using the library and journal databases (for example, JSTOR). Additional items may be scheduled by the course convenor.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, Level 5 students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the prose text(s) within its/their cultural context and in relation to the earlier examples of the genre;
- Demonstrate analytical and critical skills for the study of well-established stylistic features specific to prose, appreciation of thematic points of interest in the prose text(s) studied, and knowledge of genre conventions employed in the work;
- Demonstrate their skills in close reading and translation of Greek prose of this later period;
- Demonstrate an ability to recognise the principles of the Greek language being applied by this/these later author(s) in their prose text(s);
- Demonstrate an awareness of the potential semantic range of individual Greek words within prose writing from this period (and awareness of previous usage of key words in earlier examples of the genre).

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