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Greek Set Book


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Our Greek Set Book short course is distinct in that it gives you the chance to study a Classical Greek text in depth under a specialist tutor, with active research interests in that area. You will learn to tackle complex Greek literary writing and to appreciate its artistry and ideas. Your specialist tutor will also help you to place the set text in its wider intellectual, social and political context.

The text we study each year changes in response to student needs and preferences. In 2021-22, Dr Benjamin Gray and Dr Dimitra Kokkini will be teaching Thucydides Book III.

Teaching on the Greek Set Book course is stimulating, with plenty of student participation and interpretation. We will translate portions of the text together, as well as discussing language, context and argument.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • translate and appreciate complex Classical Greek literature in the original
  • place your reading in the context of wider debates on Classical literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy
  • study how the text has survived to the modern world, for example, with the aid of the apparatus criticus, and reflect on the implications for understanding it
  • engage directly with surviving ancient evidence – and so transform your understanding of the ancient world.

Please note: each weekly session will be two hours in length and run from 6pm to 8pm.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This course is suitable for anyone interested in studying Greek, but not seeking formal qualifications in the language. It involves close study of a Classical Greek text in the original, so it requires substantial prior experience in Greek, but we are flexible with precise qualifications and experience: please contact Dr Benjamin Gray.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.