Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Greek Grammar and Syntax 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION Students here learn Ancient Greek Grammar, that is, the three declensions of nouns, the three declensions of adjectives, the personal, possessive, reflexive, demonstrative, emphatic, relative and interrogative pronouns, vowel-stemmed verbs, consonant-stemmed verbs, contracted verbs and -µι verbs, all in the active, middle and passive voices, adverbs, numbers, and the moods being the indicative, imperative, participle, infinitive, subjunctive, optative and verbal adjective. The explanation of the grammar is illustrated by examples taken from the English language, while attention is given to word order and style, as well as the right use of the Greek lexicon.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is intended to introduce Classics students to the study of the grammar and easy syntax of Ancient Greek. The method employed in this unit is that of translation, in class and at home, of English sentences into Greek, starting with simple sentences which slowly increase in complexity. As they learn the basics of the language’s grammar and syntax, students gradually build up a vocabulary of key words and terms essential for the understanding of Ancient Greek texts. Moreover, the language is studied in the context of the history and culture of Ancient Greece, thus helping students situate the study of language within the study of Classics.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• know the accidence of Ancient Greek grammar and the principles of basic syntax of the language;
• identify the major grammatical issues and simple syntactical ones within English sentences to be translated in Ancient Greek;
• analyse simple to fairly complex sentences from a grammatical and syntactical point of views.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• translate into Ancient Greek ordinary sentences from English involving all grammar and simple syntax;
• refine their analytical skills in issues of grammar and syntax of language generally;
• appreciate the relationship and interconnections between ancient language and culture.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Abbot and Mansfield (2012). Primer of Greek grammar. Duckworth.
Hillard and Botting (2012). Elementary Greek exercises. Duckworth.
Liddell and Scott (1963). An intermediate English-Greek lexicon. Oxford.
North and Hillard (2012). Greek Prose composition. Duckworth.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 100% Examination (2 Hours)


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] Yes 50%
Homework [See Add. Notes] Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Horatio C. R. Vella

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