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Greek Historical grammar II


Admission requirements

Historical Grammar of Greek I , or an equivalent course on Greek Historical Phonology

Course objectives

The course starts with an overview of the historical morphology of Ancient Greek: the origins of the different types of nominal inflection, the prehistory of the pronouns, the history of the verbal system with its tense/aspect distinctions, moods and personal endings. We will also pay attention to nominal and verbal word-formation (derivation). Emphasis is on the morphological categories of Homeric and Ionic-Attic Greek, but other dialects (including Mycenaean) are also taken into consideration.

Apart from Historical Grammar, this course also gives an introduction to the meter and content of Homer’s Iliad. We will read appr. 200 lines during class, paying attention not only to historical morphology, but also to linguistic differences between Homeric and later Attic Greek. Moreover, in preparation for the exam, students prepare an additional 200 lines by themselves.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Lectures/tutoring: 13x2 = 26 hours

  • Preparation tutorials: 13x3 = 39 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 13x2 = 26 hours

  • Preparation exam: 45 hours (includes translating the remainder of Homeric pensum)

  • Exam(s): 4 hours

  • Other components:

For 10 EC = 280 hours, in addition:

  • Tutoring: 6x1 = 6 reading hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 6x4 = 24 hours

  • writing paper: 110 hours

Assessment method

5 and 10 EC: Written examination with short open questions
10 EC: Written paper

5 EC: Written examination with short open questions: 100%

10 EC: * Written examination with short open questions: 50%

  • Written paper: 50%

The final marked is the weighed average of the two parts, which should both be sufficient

There will be a resit for the written examination.

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • sharing course handouts and other study materials

  • communicating homework

Reading list

  • Course Handouts

  • Cunliffe, Richard J. A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition. London: Blackie (1924 or any later reprint/edition).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in [English]) and Dutch

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.