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Ancient Greek for Linguists I


Admission requirements



Together with Ancient Greek for Linguists II, this course aims to teach students the entire grammar of Attic Greek in two 5-EC semester courses, with a focus on basic syntax, phonology and especially morphology. At the same time, students learn how to explain apparent phonological and morphological irregularities in Greek by using (historical) linguistic methods. The student’s preparation is essential for successful participation in this course. We will use Mastronarde’s Introduction to Attic Greek, supplemented by a course syllabus.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge: basic Attic Greek vocabulary

  • skills: be able to give a morphological analysis of Ancient Greek words

  • skills: be able to translate a simple annotated Attic Greek text into correct English

  • insight: be able to explain morphological irregularities or variation within Ancient Greek with reference to linguistic developments


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/Seminar

Course Load

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

  • Lectures/tutorials: 24 hours (2 hours per week x 12 weeks)

  • Preparation tutorials: 84 hours (7 hours per week x 12 weeks)

  • Preparation exam: 29 hours

  • Exam(s): 3 hours

    Assessment method


  • 5-minute graded tests at the start of each class about vocabulary and grammar

  • Written examination with short open questions


From a total of 12 short tests, the 10 best results will be taken into account. The average of these 10 marks counts for 25% of the final mark.
The final exam counts for 75% of the final mark.


There is a resit option for the final exam, but not for the short tests.
The result of the resit is again weighed (75%) against the average of the short tests (25%).

inspection and feedback

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:

  • distributing course syllabi and handouts

  • communicating homework and programme changes

Reading list


  • Donald J. Mastronarde, An Introduction to Attic Greek (2nd edition). Berkeley: University of California Press. (NB the first edition of this book cannot be used!)

  • Course handouts (distributed via BlackBoard)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website



Education Administration Office

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