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Reading Greek 1 - 20 credits (HS3423)

Staff: Piero Tassinari

An introduction to the ancient Greek language, involving the reading of simple Greek texts. This module provides the basis for further study in HS3324 Reading Greek 2.

Availability: autumn semester each year
Optional for: all Ancient History degrees
Teaching: 30 classes.
Assessment: three 50-minute supervised coursework exercises in class (100%)

Syllabus content

The Greek alphabet, script and pronunciation; breathings and other marks; present indicative active verbs; contracted verbs; second declension nouns; first declension nouns; adjectives and adverbs; prepositions and compounds; imperfect indicative active verbs; pronouns; present and imperfect middle and passive voice; conditional sentences.


  • To introduce students to the script, writing, reading, basic grammar and vocabulary of ancient Greek.
  • To prepare students for reading and translating original texts under the guidance of a teacher.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will demonstrate:

  • an ability to read, write and translate simple Greek sentences, and to recognise grammatical forms and functions.
  • an ability to read, write and describe (parse) simple grammatical forms, and to translate compound sentences from Greek to English and from English to Greek.

Preliminary reading

Information on the textbook to be used will be issued at the beginning of the year. If your English grammar is rocky (if you wouldn't recognise a verb if it jumped up and bit you), you should brush up on it over the vacation.

Related modules

Prerequisites: None. This module is not available for students who have GSCE Greek grade B or above, or an equivalent qualification or experience; such students should take a more advanced Greek module.

Necessary for: HS3324 Reading Greek 2