Level of Study
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.
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
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 home 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.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.
Autumn and spring
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 will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Programme Committee for Classical Philology
Faculty representatives from Classical Philology
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies