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Undergraduate course

Greek Orators and Prose Composition

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGRE203
  • 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 offers a study of the Attic orators (in particular Lysias, Demosthenes, Isocrates). Greek rhetorical texts from the Roman era (e.g., Dio Chrysostomus, Aelius Aristides, Libanius, Gregory of Nazianzus) may also be included. 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 grammar and literary style through analysis of the texts studied

- increased knowledge of the characteristic traits of the literature and culture that the study addresses.


The candidate can

- translate moderately difficult English or Norwegian sentences into Greek

- analyse, abstract and mediate Greek texts

General competence

The candidate can

- acquaint herself with the grammatical structure of a new language

- mediate knowledge of grammatical structures in Greek

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum one of the following 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

Writing training, also lectures on parts of the course literature.

One hour 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 home exam to be completed in six hours, in which the candidate translates a text from English or Norwegian into Greek the aid of a dictionary, and answers questions from other parts of the course literature.

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 100 pages of Greek prose (30 lines = 1 page), at least 50 of which are studied in commented editions. In addition, an introduction to Classical rhetoric is included as well as relevant parts of handbooks on grammar and stylistics.

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