Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Oratory GREEK4013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity to read a range of speeches, in classical Greek, and to explore their historical, social and intellectual context.


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

Excluded Courses

Greek Prose Literature (2000-01 and earlier)


One essay; one two-hour examination

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

1. To study a selection of speeches by the Attic orators, with particular attention to diction, style, and subject matter; 2. to impart an appreciation of the contrasting aims and methods of the authors studies; 3. to enhance knowledge of Greek language, vocabulary, and prose style; 4. to survey the development of Greek prose style; 5. to locate the works studied in their social and historical context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to: 1. translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear appropriate English; 2. comment intelligently on notable matters of form, style, and content; 3. compose well-argued and coherent examination essays; 4. compose well-argued, properly referenced, well-researched, and coherent coursework essays; 5. made judicious use of dicitionaries, commentaries, works of reference, critical studies, and modern translations.

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.