Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAG1012 : Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Athanassios Vergados
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

CAG1012 may only be taken following successful completion of CAG1011. CAG1011 and 1012 are normally taken together, although at the Degree Programme Director's discretion it may be possible to take CAG1012 alone.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The overall aim of both CAG1011 & CAG1012 is to allow you to engage with what Greek authors
wrote in their own words, and to introduce you further, and in greater depth, to the study of Greek
literary texts in the original. CAG1012, taught in Semester 2, continues the training offered in
CAG1011, with particular focus on in-depth study of a major Greek literary text studied in the
original language. At the same time you will continue to practise and hone skills of literary and
linguistic analysis, applied to details of original Greek texts.#

The module aims to:

• Further develop the linguistic and literary skills required for reading, interpreting and
appreciating literary impact in original Greek texts.
• Further consolidate and develop students’ skills in translation.
• Train students in skills and approaches involved in the detailed study of Greek literature,
through in-depth study in Greek of a major literary text.

Outline Of Syllabus

In terms of language study, this module:
•       Introduces some further more advanced language topics, while also providing students with the opportunity to revise and reinforce Greek grammar topics covered previously;
•       Seeks to develop further students’ skills & strategies in translation of original Greek passages and texts, including training in ‘unseen translation’.
In terms of literary study, there will be:
•       in-depth study of a play by Euripides, covering both translation & language issues, and literary analysis.
(as appropriate) further classes providing training in skills of and approaches to literary analysis of excerpts from other Greek texts on the same basis as in CAG 1011.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. More advanced linguistic competence in the vocabulary and grammar of classical Greek.
2. Further development of the ability to read and to engage critically with Greek texts in the original.
3. Further development of awareness and appreciation of how authors employ language to create nuances of meaning and literary impact, and an enhanced awareness of stylistic features.
4. Knowledge of a Euripidean play and of the poet’s language and literary methods.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On Completion of this module students should:
1. have further consolidated and advanced their knowledge of classical Greek vocabulary and grammar;
2. be able to put this knowledge into practice in translating classical Greek passages/texts into English and answering linguistic questions based on these, at a more advanced level than in CAG1011;
3. be able to appreciate and analyse nuances of meaning and expression, and a range of literary effects, in original Greek texts;
4. have further developed skills in literary analysis which they can apply to other Greek texts they may subsequently encounter.
5. have further developed the skills involved in learning a classical language: analytical and logical thought, problem solving, adaptability
6. have had the opportunity to practise interpersonal skills in class discussion.

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 give students the opportunity
• to consolidate and apply, under guidance, the further knowledge of the Greek language which they have acquired;
• to consolidate, develop and further practise skills in translation, and in reading and analysing Greek texts in the original;
• to further practice skills and approaches of literary analysis.
In particular, in three out of the four weekly sessions, these skills will be applied to in-depth study of a Euripidean play.
In private study, students:
• consolidate knowledge imparted in the taught classes,
• 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M402,000 words
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 cannot be made available to Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students under any circumstances.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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