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Undergraduate course

Greek: Epics and Lyrics

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGRE104
  • 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


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).

Learning Outcomes


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

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

GRE101 or an equivalent level of knowledge and skill

Recommended Previous Knowledge

We recommend that the students have taken the exam in GRE102 before taking the exam in GRE104.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to everyone with study right at the University of Bergen.

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.

Examination Support Material


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 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.

Course Evaluation

Students evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department.

Programme Committee

The programme board of Classical Philology

Course Coordinator

Faculty representatives from Classical Philology

Course Administrator

Department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies

Exam information