Ancient Greek 3

Course summary

  • Mon 02 Oct 2017 to Mon 12 Mar 2018
  • 5:15-7:15pm 20 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £340.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O17P534XAW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course withdrawn

Ancient Greek 3


Please note: The scheduled time of this course has changed since our printed literature was produced. This class will take place between 5.15pm and 7.15pm

Ancient Greek is the language of Homer, Sophocles, Plato, the New Testament and many other texts. This class is for students who have either completed Ancient Greek 2 or have prior knowledge of Ancient Greek from elsewhere.

It will allow  students to complement their knowledge of grammar and a basic vocabulary so that they will be able to translate original, i.e. unadapted, Greek texts into English by the end of the class. While working through the remaining sections of 'Reading Greek', students will also get to know aspects of the life, literature and culture in ancient Greece such as court cases and women in society. Finally, they will improve their understanding of numerous English words derived from Greek.

Programme details

Term Starts: 2nd October  

Week 1:          13A: future participles

Week 2:          13B&C: conditionals

Week 3:          13D&E: verbs used as nouns, perfect active

Week 4:          13E&F: sequence of tenses, optative

Week 5:          13G-1: perfect middle and passive

Week 6:          14A-C: subjunctive

Week 7:          14D: indefinite constructions

Week 8:          14E&F

Week 9:          15A: future perfect

Week 10:        15B&C: language of tragedy


Term Starts:  8th January    

Week 11:        16A&B: pluperfect

Week 12:        16C-E: accusative absolute, purpose clauses

Week 13:        16F-H: indefinite and fear clauses, perfect subjunctive

Week 14:        17A&B: temporal clauses

Week 15:        17C-E: result clauses, aorist passive imperatives

Week 16:        18A-C: deliberatives in secondary sequence

Week 17:        18D&E

Week 18:        19A-C: Herodotus' dialect

Week 19:        19D-F

Week 20:        20A&B: Homeric language


Background Reading List

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

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).


Recommended Websites:

Dictionaries -

Portal for the Greek Language -

The Eton Greek Software Project -

ToposText -



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 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

To teach students to translate original Greek texts into English.

Course Objectives

1. Translation of Greek texts into English.

2. Understanding of Greek grammar and recognition of grammatical phenomena.

3. Contextual knowledge of culture, society and history in Classical Greece.

Teaching methods

In class students will be asked to read out and translate sentences. 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 the course, students will be expected to:

1. translate unadapted texts from ancient Greek into English

2. apply their knowledge of the basics of Greek grammar, of word formation and of vocabulary

3. understand the texts as a product of a specific time and place in ancient Greece.

Assessment methods

Students will have to hand in written translations of a short Greek text in Weeks 4, 7, 13 and 16 so that these can be marked. Translation skills will be practiced beforehand in class, and in Week 2 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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