• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Ancient Greek
  • Major code AGRK-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The study of Ancient Greek is a rewarding one. An Ancient Greek major assumes no prior knowledge of the language. It introduces the principles of the language (grammar, vocabulary, syntax) and develops reading skills that will enable you to engage closely with Ancient Greek texts. The courses we offer give you a unique opportunity to read in the original language the literature, history, and philosophy of the Roman world. From your engagement with the past through its language and literature you will gain a richer understanding not only of that world but also of contemporary society. Proficiency in Ancient Greek is highly recommended also for those wishing to specialize in Ancient Greek or Roman history and civilization.

Students with prior experience of Ancient Greek should consult with the convenor to establish the appropriate entry level into the major.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

  • To become acquainted with and extend your command of Ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary; to enable you to increase your ability to read Ancient Greek with pleasure and understanding: some texts at sight, any texts with the aid of dictionaries, grammars, translations, and textual notes;
  • To develop skills in reading Ancient Greek, beginning with the study of simplified texts and moving to focussed examination of foundational texts of the Greek and the Greco-Roman world;
  • To study these texts against their historical and cultural background;
  • To promote approaches and methodologies for critical thinking not only about the ancient sources but also the discourse of our own world.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
CLAS1001 Traditional Grammar 6
CLAS2011 Traditional Grammar (L) 6
GREK1102 Continuing Ancient Greek 6
GREK2101 Intermediate Ancient Greek 6
  GREK 2115: Advanced Ancient Greek N
  GREK 2116: Advanced Ancient Greek O
GREK2119 Continuing Ancient Greek (L) 6
GREK2125 Advanced Ancient Greek 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  GREK 2117: Adv Anc Grek P - Reading Crse
  GREK 2118: Adv Anc Grek Q - Reading Crse

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

2000 level Ancient History (ANCH) courses

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