Ancient Greek 1

Course summary

  • Mon 02 Oct 2017 to Mon 12 Mar 2018
  • 5:00-7:00pm 20 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford
  • From £340.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O17P557XAW
  • +44(0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

Ancient Greek 1


Ancient Greek is the language of Homer, Sophocles, Plato, the New Testament and many other texts. This class is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Greek (ancient or modern) and will prepare them to translate short texts from ancient Greek into English.

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

Term 1: 2nd October

Week 1: Alphabet & Pronunciation, start 'Reading Greek' 1

Week 2: Definite article, 2-1-2 adjectives, 1st declension and 2nd declension nouns

Week 3: Present indicative active, compound verbs

Week 4: Present indicative active of contract verbs

Week 5: Imperative, vocative, adverbs

Week 6: 1a, 2a and 2b nouns, enclitics, important particles

Week 7: Present indicative middle/passive, eimi and oida

Week 8: 1b, 1c and 1d nouns

Week 9: Present indicative middle/passive of contract verbs, prepositions

Week 10: 3a nouns, personal pronouns


Term 2: 8th January

Week 11: Demonstrative pronouns, negatives

Week 12: Polus ad megas, naus and Zeus

Week 13: 3b, 3c, 3e, 3f nouns, 3rd declension adjectives

Week 14: tis/ti, oudeis, 3g nouns

Week 15: Present participle active

Week 16: Present participle middle/passive, elision and crasis

Week 17: Imperfect indicative active and middle/passive

Week 18: Imperfect indicative active and middle/passive of contract verbs, the imperfect of eimi

Week 19: Indefinites/interrogatives, 3d nouns

Week 20: Future indicative active and middle, including eimi and erchomai

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.


The Eton Greek Project website


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: £340.00
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

To teach students to translate simple texts from ancient Greek into English.

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.

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