A quick introduction to ancient Greek ADED11814

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This five-session course will introduce students to ancient Greek, and develop their basic reading skills. Starting with an introduction to the script and key vocabulary, we will progress to reading short passages in ancient Greek. We will also dip into some of the most famous works of ancient Greek literature in translation. 


Two hours per week for five weeks

Block 1, Thursdays, 18.00-20.00 (weeks 1-5)

Block 3, Wednesdays, 18.00-20.00 (weeks 1-5) 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the ancient Greek script and to basic grammar

■ offer an insight into the world of ancient Greek literature

■ provide students with basic skills to tackle short passages in ancient Greek.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ read short passages of ancient Greek

■ discuss key works of ancient Greek literature

■ demonstrate knowledge of key grammar and vocabulary.

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.