Intermediate Ancient Greek: Oratory

Subject CLAS40025 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

4 contact hours each week , 4 additional hours each week. Total of 8 hours per week.


Completion of level 3 Ancient Greek or equivalent and admission to fourth year honours or postgraduate diploma in Classics, Classical Studies and Archaeology or Ancient World Studies.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have passed any of the following subjects are not permitted to enrol in this subject:

Intermediate Ancient Greek: Oratory under the codes: 107-251 670-102, 670-381 or 107-487

Students who have passed any of the subjects listed below are not permitted to enrol in this subject:

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

In this subject students will translate and discuss the interpretation of a selected work by an ancient Athenian orator, such as Lysias or Demosthenes. In tutorials, further work is undertaken on grammar and syntax which revises and consolidates the beginners course. Students will also undertake work in Ancient Greek literary and textual criticism, and will become familiar with ancient Athenian law and the jury system. On completion of this subject, students should have consolidated their skills in working with Ancient Greek texts and have discovered some of the many important contributions which reading the original texts can make to understanding the ancient world.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have read a number of Ancient Greek texts in the original and consolidated their knowledge of grammar and syntax.

Weekly translations tests equivalent to 750 words 5% (held each week throughout the semester), weekly tutorial exercises equivalent to 1250 words 25% (due each week throughout the semester), a 1-hour assessment test equivalent to 1000 words 25% (held in the middle of the semester), a 1-hour examination equivalent to 1000 words 25% (held during the examination period), and an additional research task of 1000 words 20% (due during the examination period).

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per day; after five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary(OUP)

A subject reader will also be available.

Recommended Texts:

J Morwood, Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (OUP)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • develop critical thinking skills.
  • be able to think in theoretic terms.
  • be familiar with the communication conventions of another culture.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology

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