GRE301: The Main Themes of Greek Literature

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
PrerequisitesSee below
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit offers advanced study in the literary language of ancient Greece. Reading, comprehension and translation skills are refined through preparing passages for class discussion. Gobbets assignments allow students to gain insight into the structural aspects of Greek literary genres and the relation between the pragmatics and semantics of the language, and the historical, cultural and social context in which the text was produced. The unit is based on the close reading and philological analysis of texts of Greek prose and poetry with attention to style, pronunciation and narrative techniques.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

a) Demonstrate an ability to translate syntactically complex texts from Greek and vice-versa and understand the problems involved in the ‘translation’ of texts.
b) Demonstrate an understanding of the problems involved in the translation and transmission of texts.
c) Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between language and culture; and between grammar and interpretation.
d) Demonstrate an understanding of Greek prosody and be able to metrically scan and read Greek poetry.
e) Effectively and confidently participate in group work and practical exercises in tutorials and to contribute with clarity and coherence.

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