CLAS335-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Advanced Greek Authors

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Continued study of Greek literature and unseen passages, with emphasis on the development of knowledge of the language. This involves reading important texts by authors such as Sophocles, Euripides, Thucydides, Homer and others as well as analysing these more fully in their cultural and literary context.

This course enables students to come closer to understanding the Greeks - their ideas, mythology, values, literary skills - by reading Greek authors in their own language. In building on what students have achieved in Greek 235, Greek 335 deepens their knowledge of Classical Greek language, literature and culture by focusing on works of epic poetry, drama, history and philosophy written by the Greeks themselves. We usually read about 600-700 lines from one or more authors such as Plato, Thucydides, Sophocles, Homer, Herodotus, et al. Each reading session aims not only to clarify the text in terms of its linguistic components, but also to encourage appreciation and discussion of its literary, intellectual and dramatic qualities; we also consider how the text engages with its own cultural context, and its appeal to ancient (as well as modern) sensibilities. Classes on practising unseen translation, grammar revision and metrics (where applicable) will usually be held on a weekly basis.

Learning Outcomes

- ability to read texts by ancient Greek authors
- enhanced understanding of ancient Greek language and grammar, and extension of ancient Greek vocabulary
- recognition of metrical features and different dialect forms of Greek language (where applicable)
- enhanced understanding of literary genres, e.g. epic poetry, Attic Drama, historiography, etc.
- enhanced understanding of social, intellectual and cultural life of Archaic and/or Classical Greece through knowledge of literary texts

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.


CLAS235, or
subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Timetable Note

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

Course Coordinator

Victor Parker


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Class Test 1 35%
Class Test 2 35%
Essay 30% 3,500 words based on class text (and other relevant texts)

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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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