CLAS135-21S2 (A) Semester Two 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Beginners' Greek B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


An introduction to Greek grammar and reading Greek, building on CLAS134. Students learn the language and literature of primarily Athens of the fifth and fourth centuries BC, and focus on texts closely modelled on authors such as Plato, Aristophanes and more. The course involves some study of the cultural background of these texts, including the philosophy of Socrates, life during wartime and the role of women in ancient Greece.

Students continue with the study of Greek language begun in CLAS 134.  They will be introduced to more complex grammar and syntax using the same textbook as in CLAS 134.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will acquire:
1. A grounding in Greek grammar and begin to develop skills in the translation of ancient Greek texts in the textbook Reading Greek.
2. Improved written and oral skills through a better knowledge of English grammar.
3. Insights into Greek History, Literature, Society and Culture.
4. The knowledge required to begin CLAS135 Beginners’ Greek B

Transferrable (employment) skills developed in this course:
5. Improved communication of knowledge and opinions verbally and in writing.
6. Confidence in expressing opinions and discussing ideas in groups.
7. Improved ability to write concisely in grammatically correct and properly punctuated English
8. Time management skills and self-discipline.
9. Gain greater skills in critical thinking, argument development and problem solving.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


CLAS134, or
subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Timetable Note

Some classes will be held at the City Campus in the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.

Course Coordinator

Gary Morrison


Victor Parker


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tests 60% Four tests, of which the best three are counted (20% each)
In-class examination 40%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Joint Association of Classical Teachers; Reading Greek ; 2nd ed; Cambridge University Press, 2007 (Grammar and Exercises).

Joint Association of Classical Teachers; Reading Greek ; 2nd ed; Cambridge University Press, 2007 (Text and vocabulary).

Essential for start of semester

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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