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Undergraduate course

Greek Prose and Grammar

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGRE102
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if students not speaking Norwegian attend, otherwise Norwegian or other Scandinavian language.
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Second part of the spring semester (full-time).

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Through the reading of a selection of original texts of moderate difficulty (e.g., Lysias, Plato, Menander, Chariton, Dio Chrysostomus and the New Testament), the course gives increased knowledge of ancient Greek. Confident mastering of the basic morphology remains the central focus, but gradually increased systematic attention is paid to the study of syntax.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate has increased knowledge of Greek language and grammar


The candidate can

- read Greek texts independently with the aid of a dictionary

- identify forms and analyse sentences in Greek with the aid of a grammar

- translate simple English or Norwegian sentences into Greek

General competence

The candidate can

- acquaint herself with the grammatical structure of a new language

- work with texts in other languages with the aid of grammars, dictionaries, commentaries and similar aids.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

We recommend that students have passed the GRE101 exam or attained an equivalent level of knowledge and skill.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to everyone with study right at the University of Bergen. The examination is open to people without study right, after application to the Division of Student Affairs. (See UHL §3-10.)

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given in the form of lectures (on parts of the course literature) and exercises (in practical language mastering, e.g., translation to Greek and the use of dictionaries).

The course offers ca. 42 hours of teaching, three times a week during the second half of the semester.

If less than five students register for a course, the Department may introduce reduced teaching; cf. the relevant guidelines on Mitt UiB (Canvas). On courses where reduced teaching may be given, the students will receive information at the start of the semester, before the 1. Feb. / 1. Sept. deadline for registration.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The examination consists in a written exam to be completed in six hours, in which the candidate translates a Greek text from the course literature with the aid of a dictionary, answers questions on grammatical subjects, and translates simple sentences from English or Norwegian into Greek.

Examination Support Material

A dictionary from Greek to native language or to other language of choice, which does not contain declination and conjugation tables: Berg, Græsk-dansk ordbok; Liddell¿Scott, An Intermediate Greek¿English Lexicon, or a dictionary of equivalent size.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Autumn and spring

Reading List

The course literature encompasses about 40 pages of Greek original texts from a commented anthology or equivalent editions. In addition, the central parts of Attic morphoplogy and syntax and parts of Greek literary history are studied in grammars and handbooks.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

Programme Committee for Classical Philology

Course Coordinator

Faculty representatives from Classical Philology

Course Administrator

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    12.06.2023, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam