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Undergraduate course

Greek Attic Drama

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGRE202
  • 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 Attic dramatic texts, tragedy and/or comedy. In addition, three tragedies and one comedy are studied in translation. Themes from the modern reception of Greek drama may also be included in the study. In addition is offered an introduction to the history of classical scholarship with particular emphasis on the activity of the philologists of ancient Alexandria.

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

Minimum one of these courses: GRE101, GRE102, GRE103, GRE104

Recommended Previous Knowledge

We recommend that students have passed examination on at least three Greek courses on the 100-level 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.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given in the form of lectures on parts of the course literature.

One 2-hour session 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, including translation and literary interpretation of select parts of the course literature with the aid of a dictionary, and answering 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, Gr├Žsk-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 75 pages of Greek dramatic texts (30 lines = 1 page), studied in commented editions. In addition, systematic expositions of the history of Classical scholarship and relevant parts of advanced expositions of the history of Greek literature, religion, metre and language 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

  • 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

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam