Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Tragedy GREEK4008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course studies a selection of plays by the Greek tragedians in the original language


Two hours per week; This is one of the honours options in Greek and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus


One essay 30%, two hour examination 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which 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

The aims of the course are to:

study two important works of Greek tragedy by different playwrights

compare the literary methods of the authors studied

develop an understanding of Greek language, vocabulary, and poetic style

interpret Greek tragedy in its social and historical context

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course you should be able to:

translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate


explain the cultural, literary and historical significance of key passages from the play

identify the formal characteristics of the plays

analyse the different levels of language used and their characteristics

assess the literary style of each author with reference to the plays

identify different metres used and their formal or literary significance

explain the dramaturgical problems and potential of the two plays

critique modern interpretations of the plays in the light of these outcomes

demonstrate such essay, translation and commentary skills as stipulated in the Honours Handbook

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.