CAG1012 : Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2

  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Creese
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The overall aim of both modules is to allow you to engage with what Greek authors wrote in their own words, and to introduce you to the study of Greek literary texts in the original. CAG1012 continues the training offered in CAG1011, while introducing in-depth study of a major Greek literary text studied in the original language.
At the same time you will continue to practice skills of literary analysis, applied to details both of original Greek passages studied alongside their English translation, and of simpler passages which you translate for yourself.

The aims of this module are:
1. To help students develop further the linguistic and literary skills required for reading, interpreting and appreciating Greek texts in the original.
2. To introduce students to detailed study of Greek tragedy in the original language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Language work and practice in unseen translations.
Study of extracts fom Euripides, Medea covering both translation and language issues and literary analysis.
Further classes on literary analysis of excerpts from other Greek texts on the same basis as in CAG 1011.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion681:0068:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading681:0068:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes, with a large element of teacher-student interaction, are the best way to combine the imparting of (grammatical and other) knowledge with the hands-on training in linguistic and literary skills.

The four taught classes per week consolidate, and give students the opportunity to apply under guidance, the knowledge of the Greek language which they have acquired, to develop skills in reading Greek texts in the original, and further to practise the approach to analysing Greek texts which was instilled in CAG1011. In particular, in two of the four weekly sessions, these skills will be applied to in-depth study of a Greek tragedy.
In private study, students consolidate their language knowledge, further practise applying that knowledge to reading /translation of original Greek texts, and learn to use their language skills to think in analytical and constructive ways about more advanced original Greek texts (weekly tasks are set in this last respect).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M40In format of Greek in Action ; c.3,500 words not including the brief language/translation questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests students’ ability independently:
(i) to apply their language knowledge to the task of identifying and translating individual word forms, and to correctly translating Greek passages, in a ‘time-controlled’ environment.

(ii) to apply skills of literary analysis and background knowledge of the set text in detailed comment on a particular representative passage from that text.

The assignment is designed to assess students’ ability to apply their linguistic knowledge and analytical and problem-solving skills to more advanced original literary texts in a way that develops and tests their skills of close literary analysis

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

No alternative assessment is available for this module. All exchange students including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances

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