Ancient Greek 1 - 3rd Term

Course summary

  • Mon 23 Apr 2018 to Mon 28 May 2018
  • 5:00-7:00pm 6 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £125.00
  • 5 CATS points
  • Course code O17P796XAW
  • +44(0)1865 280892
  • Course cancelled

Ancient Greek 1 - 3rd Term


This 10-week consolidation course is based on the syllabus of the previous two terms (Ancient Greek 1) and is primarily tailored to meet the needs of students who completed the weekly class, but new students who are at the appropriate level of proficiency are also welcome. Students who missed some classes during the first two terms and wish to catch up for the next level up in the next academic year are encouraged to join.

The textbook, Reading Greek, is devised for adult students, and starts them off with entertaining texts from day one. It focuses on 'Attic', the Greek spoken and written in Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BC since this is a good basis not only for the texts written in Athens at that time (e.g. Euripides' tragedies, Plato), but also earlier (e.g. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey) and later ones (for example the New Testament). While learning Attic, students will also get to know aspects of the life, literature and culture in ancient Athens such as the Peloponnesian War, Socrates' life and teaching or Herodotus' Histories. They will also be able to understand countless English words derived from Greek at the end of the class.

Learning a language such as ancient Greek is an exciting experience and a gateway to the ancient world.

Programme details

The programme will be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group to enhance all language skills and grammar. Students are encouraged to express their needs to the tutor who will aim to address these during the ten weeks.

Background Reading:

JACT., Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2007). Volume 1: Text and Vocabulary, Volume 2: Grammar and Exercises

JACT., The World of Athens: An Introduction to Classical Athenian Culture (2nd edition, 2008). ISBN: 978-0521698535

JACT., Reading Greek: An Independent Study Guide (2nd edition, 2008). ISBN: 978-0521698504

JACT., Speaking Greek, CD (2008). ISBN: 978-0521728966.



To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)


All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.


Course Fee: £125.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Dr Susan Sorek

Taught Hebrew and Ancient History at UWLampeter. Currently research affiliate with the Open University. Author of several books on ancient history including 'Jews Against Rome'.

Course aims

  • Consolidate what has been learnt throughout the first two terms, and
  • revise more challenging aspects of the language that are appropriate for the level

Course Objectives:

1. Reading and translating short Greek texts.

2. Understanding grammar and recognising grammatical phenomena in texts.

3. Building a basic vocabulary in Greek.

Teaching methods

In class students will be asked to read out and translate sentences, sometimes in small groups and sometimes in class taking turns. They will always be encouraged to ask questions, and enough time will be put aside to answer them. Grammar will be explained systematically and practised in exercises designed for this purpose. Homework will be assigned regularly in order to enhance the students' learning process.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Read texts in the Greek alphabet and pronounce them correctly.

2. Apply their knowledge of the basics of Greek grammar and word formation.

3. Translate short texts from ancient Greek into English.

Assessment methods

Students will have to hand in written translations of a short Greek text in Weeks 5, 8, 15 and 18 so that these can be marked. Translation skills will be practiced beforehand in class, and in Weeks 3 and 13 students will be asked to submit a written translation as their piece of formative assessment. In other weeks, homework will consist of learning vocabulary and grammar, but this will not be formally assessed.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)