Module Catalogue 2019/20

CAG1011 : Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Athanassios Vergados
  • Lecturer: Dr Stephanie Holton, Dr Sally Waite
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CAG1001Beginners' Greek in Action 1
CAG1002Beginners' Greek in Action 2
Pre Requisite Comment

CAG1011 is open to any student who has successfully completed CAG1001 and CAG1002; or, where a student is adequately prepared, at the DPD's discretion. 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 CAG1011 alone.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to:
Develop and consolidate knowledge of Greek grammar, vocabulary and style.
Train students in the detailed study of Greek verse and prose texts, at the level appropriate to the "post-beginners" / "post-A-level" knowledge of the language which they have acquired or are acquiring.

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. CAG1011, taught in the first half of the year, continues the training offered in CAG1002, adding to your knowledge of classical Greek vocabulary and grammar and aiming to bring that knowledge up to a level where you can tackle original Greek texts without relying on a published translation. At the same time you will continue to practice skills of literary analysis, applied to details both of a set original Greek text and unseen passages studied alongside their English translation, and of simpler passages which you translate for yourself. You will be introduced to the basic instruments of philological analysis (e.g., lexica, grammar books, works on particles, syntax, commentaries etc.), as well as to the critical engagement with secondary literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins by completing the textbook (Reading Greek) from where CAG1002 left off (ch. 14) and then introduces students to a relatively straight-forward Attic prose text. with an overview of elementary Greek grammar (based on the content of CAG1002), and then proceeds with new elements of accidence (e.g. the subjunctive and optative moods; the perfect and pluperfect tenses) and syntax (e.g. conditional sentences; indirect discourse). One hour per week is devoted to the close analysis of unseen passages from Greek authors (“Greek in Action”).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       Increasing their basic linguistic competence in the vocabulary and grammar of Classical Greek.
2.       Providing students with knowledge of how to use the basic instrument of philological analysis.
3.       Introduces students to the critical and independent use of secondary literature.
4.       Training students towards being able to read and engage critically with Greek texts in the original.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On Completion of this module students should:
1.       have consolidated and advanced their knowledge of the Greek vocabulary and Grammar
2.       be able to put this knowledge into practice in translating original Greek passages into English and answering linguistic questions based on those passages.
3.       be able to appreciate and analyse stylistic effects in Greek passages both with and without the aid of a published translation and to analyse the differences details of meaning and style between in a Greek text and a published translatio.n.
4.       have 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 of texts.

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 introduce, explain, demonstrate and give students the opportunity to apply, under guidance,
• the further knowledge of the Greek language; and
• the approach to analysing Greek literary texts
which the module aims to instil. This may involve the study of one selected literary text (or of a suitable proportion of such), or of a small range of text excerpts from different genres.
In private study, students:
• consolidate knowledge imparted in the taught classes,
• further practise applying that knowledge to set tasks of language and literary analysis and of translation, and
• learn to use their language skills to think in analytical and constructive ways about 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 Examination901A50N/A
Written Examination501M20In-class tests, 5 x 10 min
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301500 words; commentary or essay on the set text
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination and tests assess students' ability independently to apply their language knowledge to the task of identifying and translating individual word forms, and of correctly translating Greek passages, in a 'time-controlled' environment.

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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