CLAS135-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Beginner's Greek

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


An introduction to Ancient Greek grammar and to the reading of Ancient Greek texts, building on from the material learnt in CLAS151. Students, in this course, concentrate on Ancient Greek only, learning the language of fifth century Athens through the reading of texts. The dialect we learn is Attic Greek, which, when learnt, will enable access to other Greek dialects including New Testament Greek.

Students continue with the study of the ancient Greek language begun in CLAS151. Students will be introduced to more complex grammar and syntax while reading (translating) Greek passages and completing exercises. The readings and exercises are in the textbooks for this course (see below). Both textbooks are needed and make sure you purchase the second edition. These textbooks will be used in CLAS234 as well.

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 CLAS 135 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.


CLAS151, or
by approval of the Head of Department.



Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 329
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 329
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Timetable Note

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

Course Coordinator

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 $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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 .

All CLAS135 Occurrences

  • CLAS135-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024