Ancient Greek 2: Lower Intermediate

Course summary

  • Mon 01 Oct 2018 to Mon 18 Mar 2019
  • 5:15-7:15pm 20 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £355.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O18P610XAW
  • +44 (0)1865 280900
  • Applications being accepted

Ancient Greek 2: Lower Intermediate


Ancient Greek is the language of philosophy, politics, mathematics, drama, and religion. No translation can do justice to an original text, given that translations are inevitably interpratitive. This course will prepare you to read texts from an extraordinary and still current literary production in their original language, exploring the language 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 examine aspects of literature, visual arts, and the society of 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 Starts: 1st 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 phemi.

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 Starts: 14th January    

Week 11:        Dative: forms and uses.

Week 12:        Time phrases, vocative.

Week 13:        Accusative, Genitive, Dative, Vocative.

Week 14:        didomi and gignosko.

Week 15:        Present and aorist imperative.

Week 16:        Verbs in –mi (present).

Week 17:         Verbs in mi (imperfect, aorist).

Week 18:        Third declension nouns and adjectives.

Week 19:        impersonal verbs.

Week 20:        Root aorist.

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.


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

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

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between 1st January and 31st July after the current academic year has been completed. 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.


Course Fee: £355.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Mrs Giovanna Di Martino

Giovanna Di Martino is a DPhil student at Oxford and lecturer in Classics at St Hilda’s College. She works on the reception of Aeschylus in Italy from the sixteenth century onwards, under the supervision of Prof. Fiona Macintosh.

Course aims

Students will explore adapted texts from the ancient Greek literature in their original language and become familiar with the society and cultural achievements of ancient Athens and Sparta. They will develop their vocabulary and be able to derive information from or compose simple texts without the need for 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 in pairs and small groups and discuss their historical context. We will analyse the vocabulary and search for families of words. We will identify challenging grammatical phenomena and explan their function. We will examine survivng artworks and other cultural achievements of the ancient world and relate them to specific texts. Homework will be limited but assigned regularly to consolidate learning.

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; and

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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