Ancient Greek for beginners ADED11389E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Some of the greatest works of literature, philosophy and science were composed in ancient Greek, a language full of wonders that are alive in our own modern English. This course assumes no pre-existing knowledge and introduces students to the Greek (Attic) language by means of a series of grammar lessons accompanied by readings of simplified texts appropriate to their level of progress.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1) Five translation exercises, testing grammar and translation skills, as marked homework, two in first term, three in second term, each worth 10% of final grade.

2) Final in-class test (seen and unseen translations from Greek, grammar questions and translation of simple English sentences into Greek), worth 50% of final mark (duration: 1.5 hours).

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the ability to read simple Ancient Greek passages, and to inspire the desire to continue the study of Greek.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a command of basic Greek grammar

■ Translate simple Greek passages into English

■ Translate English sentences into simple Greek

■ Reflect on the cultural background to the passages they are translating and use that to inform their translation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.