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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Classics and Ancient History


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Not available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • For students taking Classics (Q801), Classical Civilisation (Q820) and Ancient History (V110) Intermediate Greek 2A.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • The principle of progression means that if you have studied Advanced Greek 2B in a previous academic year, you cannot then study Advanced Greek 2A/3A, but must progress to one or both of the Higher Greek modules.


  • To study in depth a selection of verse texts suitable for students with a good command of ancient Greek morphology and syntax, some experience of reading texts in the original, and an in-depth and broad understanding of Greek culture.


  • This module introduces students to a selection of ancient Greek texts appropriate to readers with a good command of grammar, some experience of reading texts in the original language, and an in-depth knowledge of Greek culture.
  • Authors may include Hesiod, Solon, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes.
  • All texts will be linked by a theme which will provide the focus for the module as a whole, and the emphasis will be on poetry.
  • Examples of themes may be: the hero in fifth-century Athens, the myth of Promentheus, poetry and politics, etc.
  • Students will be expected top engage with topics at a level appropriate to those in their final year of study.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of ancient Greek morphology, syntax, and verse-forms sufficient to form the basis of an independent appreciation and understanding of a selection of Greek verse authors; a knowledge and understanding of a selection of works from a selection of Greek verse authors; a knowledge of vocabulary appropriate to a student with a year's post-Intermediate study and experience of the Greek language.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An ability to construe some Greek verse texts with relatively limited use of dictionaries; an ability to read and interpret these texts in relation to a knowledge of Greek culture as acquired in a student's previous two years of study in Higher Education.
Key Skills:
  • A critical understanding of the differences between two Indo-European languages, one ancient and one modern, and of the issues relating to moving between them, especially in relation to verse texts.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Interactive classes will be offered as the most appropriate and effective way of teaching.
  • Students will learn through regular preparation for the classes and interaction with the teacher and each other in the process of learning.
  • The course will be assessed through an exam paper and a summative essay, each of which will be designed to test knowledge and interpretation at the highest undergraduate level.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars (language classes) 44 2 per week 1 hour 44
Preparation and Reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Summative essay 2,500 words 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Homework in the form of translations and/or commentaries to be prepared in advance of every class. Formative tests in class. No collections.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University