GRE302: The Genres of Greek Literature

Key details

Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
PrerequisitesSee below
Offered inSemester 2
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In this unit students study a number of works of Greek literature in class and in their own time. The choice of texts is designed to give examples of the different genres in which Greek authors worked. Genres covered may include, but are not limited to: epic; didactic; choral and/or monodic lyric; elegy; tragedy; comedy; history; philosophy; rhetoric. Students who complete this unit will not be surprised that all those names for different genres come from Greek words. Students engage in close reading of ancient texts both as an end in itself, as well as to consolidate knowledge acquired in earlier units.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will have:

a) An understanding of how to translate syntactically complex texts from Greek, and the problems involved in the ‘translation’ of texts.
b) An understanding of the relation between language and culture, and between grammar and interpretation.
c) An understanding of how to apply evidence from beyond the text, in order to interpret it successfully, and some understanding of the evidence pertaining to the texts being studied.
d) A basic understanding of the principles of Greek prosody and the ability to identify the effect of metre in some cases.
e) The ability to participate confidently and effectively in group work, contributing with clarity and coherence.


Students may enrol in GRE301 if they have completed GRE202. Otherwise they may only enrol if they have a sufficiently advanced, and demonstrable, knowledge of ancient Greek sufficient for this unit.

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