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Undergraduate course

Greek Ionic and Post-Classical Prose with BA thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGRE251
  • 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 prose texts in the Ionic dialect from the Classical period (e.g., Herodotus and Hippocrates) as well as texts from the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Christian texts, ranging from the New Testament to fourth-century Church fathers, may also be included in the study. In addition, an introduction to the study of text transmission and textual criticism is included.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate has

- increased knowledge of Greek grammar and literary history, with emphasis on the Ionic dialect and koine and Attic Greek

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


The candidate can

- develop, delimit and formulate problems to assess within a given thematic

- survey the research literature and sources that are relevant for the problem

- analyse research literature and primary sources and draw her own conclusions on the basis of this

General competence

The candidate can

- acquaint herself with a comprehensive amount of specialist literature

- mediate knowledge from such literature

- develop and execute an independent written essay of moderate length and argue in support of the conclusions presented therein

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

GRE251 overlaps with GRE201 (15stp)

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 Greek texts and other parts of the course literature and practical exercises in textual criticism.

26 h (one 2-hour session each 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

Compulsory supervision during the writing of a Bachelor¿s thesis.

Forms of Assessment

Bachelor¿s thesis of ca. 15 pp. with compulsory supervision. In addition, an oral examination. The oral examination, given after the grading of the bachelor¿s thesis, have a moderating function and may adjust the character to the maximal extent of one degree up or down.

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 early in the spring for students with approved compulsory assignments and attendance.

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, introductory expositions to the history of textual transmission and textual criticism are included, as well as relevant parts of advanced expositions of the history of Greek literature and historical linguistics.

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

  • Type of assessment: Bachelor's thesis and adjusting oral examination

    • Exam part: Bachelor's thesis

      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination