Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Greek Prose Composition

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION The writing of Greek Prose is in some respects more difficult than that of Latin, if it is to be done well. No text-book on the subject will achieve much unless it is supported by close and constant study of the prose used by Greek writers themselves. Emphasis should be made to provide practice in reproducing the Greek idiom, and in understanding how it differs from the English. The student must be familiarized with the Greek form of expression. Though in the modern educational environment, prose composition is rarely offered, and then only optionally, it is still considered as an important tool for the student to master the language in order to read Greek authors with greater ease and ability.

Handouts of proses would be provided by the lecturer in order to build up a progressive course.

Study-unit Aims

1. To help students understand the difference existing between translating individual sentences and multiple sentences in a prose composition.
2. To enable the student to translate prose into good idiomatic Greek.
3. To compose Greek prose in the manner of Greek authors.
4. To enhance a larger choice of syntactical forms for the various types of Greek subordinate clauses.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Translate and compose good idiomatic Greek prose;
2. Understand the principles underlining the connection of sentences;
3. Achieve a wider understanding of the different forms of syntax for subordinate clauses;
4. Transfer idiomatic English into idiomatic Greek.

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

1. Compose and translate prose passages into good idiomatic Greek prose;
2. Understand better the Greek authors when using the various syntactical forms.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

North, M. A. and Hillard A. E. (2006) Greek Prose Composition. London: Duckworth.
Abbott, E. and Mansfield, E.D. (2009) A Primer of Greek Grammar.
Goodwin, W.W. (1955) Greek Grammar, Nelson, St. Martin's Press.
Goodwin, W.W., (1998) Syntax of the Moods & Tenses of the Greek Verb, Bristol Classical Press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 100% Examination (1 Hour).

Pre-Requisite Study-units: CLA1011 and CLA2012


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%
Homework [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Horatio C. R. Vella

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