Module Catalogue 2023/24

CAG1012 : Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • 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 CAG1012 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 CAG1011.

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 completion501:0050:00For assessment components (split as needed)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities91:009:00Grammar revision and consolidation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading111:0011:001 hr reading p/w (Module Reading list)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Tasks in preparation for discussion of texts at 1 of taught classes/week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching331:0033:003 interactive language class/seminar sessions p/w
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study861:0086:00Translation and general consolidation activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small-group sessions are largely student-led, and provide the opportunity to collaboratively read, review, discuss, and make progress in:
- identifying and understanding core features of the classical Greek language;
- translating classical Greek into clear and appropriate English;
- analysing literary features of the assigned Euripidean text(s).

Structured guided learning activities provide students with the opportunity to:
- consolidate grammar and vocabulary knowledge;
- acquire knowledge and understanding of Euripidean drama's broader themes and context;
- prepare for weekly small-group sessions;
- practice discipline-specific technical skills (e.g. translation; digital literacy).

Guided independent study is intended as time for:
- skills practice;
- directed reading and research;
- preparing and completing any formative and summative assessments.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A50Inspera digital exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A502000-word literary analysis assignment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscipline-specific technical skills quizzes (esp. grammar, vocab and translation practice)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment is designed to assesses students' knowledge and interpretative understanding of the texts studied, with particular reference to the application of their linguistic knowledge, and their skills in presenting their views and analyses of key issues regarding the set text(s).

Formative assessment is designed to review, revise and consolidate key features of grammar and vocabulary on a continuous basis.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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