Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The course primarily encompasses reading of prose texts in the Attic dialect from the Classical period (480¿330 B.C.). Texts in the Koine dialect and Attic texts from the Roman era may feature in the study. In addition, an overview of the history of ancient Greek literature is included (with particular emphasis on the authors read in the original), as well as introductions to Greek philosophy (with particular emphasis on Plato) and to the history and cultural history of the period studied (in particular through the commentaries on the studied texts).
The candidate has
- increased knowledge of Greek language and grammar
- insight into ancient Greek society and literature
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
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. 52 hours of teaching (two 2-hour sessions a week).
If less than five students register to 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 registering.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
The examination consists in a written test to be completed in six hours with a dictionary.
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 80 pages of Greek text (30 lines = 1 page). At least 50 of these are studied in commented editions. In addition, a Greek grammar and parts of a handbook of Greek literature are studied.
Students evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department.
The programme board of Classical Philology
Faculty representatives from Classical Philology
Department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies
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. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam