Ancient Greek 2

Course summary

  • Mon 02 Oct 2017 to Mon 12 Mar 2018
  • 7:30-9:30pm 20 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £340.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O17P541XAW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

Ancient Greek 2


Please note: The scheduled time of this course has changed since our printed literature was produced. This class will take place between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

Ancient Greek is the language of philosophy, politics, mathematics, drama, and religion. No translation can do justice to an original text, given that translations incorporate a degree of interpretation. This course will prepare you to read texts from an extraordinary and still current literary production in their original language. Exploring the language you will seek for the deeper meaning of words (some of which still in use in English) and concepts that were developed 2500 years ago.

Students are expected to have either completed Ancient Greek 1 or have other prior knowledge of Ancient Greek. In the classroom, we will translate texts from Greek into English, compose texts in ancient Greek and identify grammatical phenomena using 'Reading Greek' as our textbook. We will familiarise with aspects of literature, visual arts, and the society in ancient Αthens and explore how cultural developments in the ancient world affect our modern lives.

Learning Ancient Greek will open a gateway to a world of concepts about society, culture, and life in general.

Programme details

Term 1:   2nd October      

Week 1:          Weak aorist active and middle, aspect, 3h nouns (Reading Greek Section 6)

Week 2:          Strong aorist active and middle

Week 3:          Indirect speech, some particles

Week 4:          Weak aorist participle active and middle

Week 5:          Oida and phmi

Week 6:          Strong aorist participle active and middle

Week 7:          Dunamai,  myself ,  self ,  the same

Week 8:          Genitive: forms and uses

Week 9:          Mood, optative present active and middle

Week 10:        Potential, some irregular comparatives and superlatives


Term 2:  8th January         

Week 11:        Dative: forms and uses

Week 12:        Time phrases, vocative

Week 13:        Optative of -mi verbs

Week 14:        Aorist imperative

Week 15:        Present imperative (incl. of irregular verbs)

Week 16:        Aorist optative active and middle

Week 17:        DidMmi and gignMskM

Week 18:        Adjectives amels and glukus

Week 19:        Relative pronouns

Week 20:        Present and imperfect passive


Background Reading List:

The Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT)., Reading Greek Volume 1: Text and Vocabulary, Volume 2: Grammar and Exercises. (2nd edition, 2007).

The Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT)., The World of Athens: An Introduction to Classical Athenian Culture (2nd edition, 2008).

Recommended reading

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.

Recommended Reading List


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.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.


Course Fee: £340.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Dr Foteini Spingou

Dr Spingou has taught Ancient and Medieval Greek language and literature in Higher Education in the UK and the US. Her research explores the relation between art and literature in the ancient world.

Course aims

Students will explore adapted texts from the ancient Greek literature in their original language and become familiar with the society and the cultural achievements of ancient Athens and Sparta. They will develop vocabulary and will be able to derive information from or compose simple texts without the need of a dictionary.

Course Objectives

1. Translating and understanding adapted texts in ancient Greek.

2. Build-up vocabulary and understand advanced grammar topics.

3. Building contextual knowledge about society and culture of classical Athens and Sparta.

Teaching methods

We will translate texts, sometimes in small groups and sometimes in class, taking turns and discuss their historical context. We will analyse the vocabulary and seek for families of words. We will identify challenging grammatical phenomena and explan their function. We will look at survivng artworks and other cultural achievements of the ancient world and relate it to specific texts. Homework will be limited but assigned regularly in order to enhance consolidation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Translate short texts from ancient Greek into English and compose your own basic texts in Greek;

2. Feel confident with Greek grammar and vocabulary;

3. Have some knowledge of the world of Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle.

Assessment methods

You will need to submit written translations of a short Greek text in Weeks  7, 9, 13 and 17 so that these can be marked. Translation skills will be practiced beforehand in class, and in Week 5 you will be asked to submit a written translation as your 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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