Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course encompasses reading of primarily epical and lyrical texts from the Archaic period (750¿480 B.C.), but poetical texts from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman eras may also feature. In addition, an introduction to Greek historical linguistics is included (with particular emphasis on the main features of the Greek dialects and literary language), as well as a study of Greek metre, an overview of Greek religion and mythology, and further study of Greek literary history (with particular emphasis on the authors read in the original).
The candidate has
- increased knowledge of Greek language and grammar with emphasis on language history, dialect groups, kunstsprache and metre
- increased knowledge of Greek literary history with emphasis on epic and lyric poetry
The candidate can
- read metrical Greek texts independently with the aid of a dictionary
- identify forms and analyse sentences in Greek with the aid of a grammar
- give an account of important Greek poets
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 exam 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, with a particular introduction to metre and language history.
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 an oral test, during which the candidate will read, translate and analyse metrical texts included in the course literature, and answer questions pertinent to the texts read and to other course literature.
In the spring semester 2021, the oral exam will be held digitally, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.
Examination Support Material
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 45 pages of Greek poetical text (30 lines = 1 page), studied in commented editions. In addition, systematic expositions of Greek historical linguistics and metre and an introduction to Greek religion and mythology are included.
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
Type of assessment: Oral examination