• Class Number 2152
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sonia Pertsinidis
    • Dr Sonia Pertsinidis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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This fun, innovative approach to language learning teaches the foundations of traditional grammar.  It starts from scratch: no previous grammatical knowledge is assumed.  Each week we examine an aspect of English grammar and then explore the same phenomenon in Ancient Greek and Latin. Through a series of practical exercises you will learn the basic skills needed to read and compose in these ancient languages. The comparative grammatical approach of this course will provide you with an ideal foundation for learning other languages, too. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of traditional grammar as it applies to English, Ancient Greek, and Latin.
  2. Recognise and analyse the structures of sentences in English, Ancient Greek, and Latin which use a number of basic - and some more sophisticated - grammatical constructions.
  3. Translate sentences into and from Ancient Greek and Latin, drawing on a small vocabulary and a limited range of morphological forms. 

Required Resources

Traditional Grammar (a two-volume in-house textbook and workbook) supplied electronically to students via Wattle. This must be printed, bound, and brought to each class.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • verbal feedback in class on student performance
  • verbal feedback during office visits (should students choose to visit)
  • qualitative feedback on written work in the form of grades and electronically generated corrections

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

You should also access the Classics Centre (AD Hope G50), not just for the enormous range of resources there, but also to make connections with other Classics students. Learning a new language can be difficult, but the task is made considerably more enjoyable when you learn with a group.

I am always available for a chat as well. Drop by my office (AD Hope G44), or drop me a line christopher.bishop@anu.edu.au to talk about Classics generally, the course in particular, or anything else...

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction. The writing systems of Greek and Latin Verbs: concord of person and number A working vocabulary of Greek and Latin verbs
2 The analysis of a sentence: subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, complement, and adjunct The nominative, accusative, and dative cases of nouns in Greek and Latin Test 1, Assignment 1.
3 More on nouns: possession; gender; modifiers and determiners Test 2, Assignment 2.
4 The adjunct: adverbial and prepositional phrases The ablative case in Latin Test 3, Assignment 3.
5 The passive transformation Impersonal verbs Test 4, Assignment 4.
6 Types of sentences 1 (statements, questions, commands); negation. Aspect in Greek Test 5, Assignment 5.
7 Types of sentences 2 (wishes); the optative in Greek; the subjunctive in Latin Test 6, Assignment 6.
8 The verb and its modifications 1: prepositional extensions and prefixes The notion of tense; the aorist in Greek; the perfect tense in Latin Test 7, Assignment 7.
9 The verb and its modifications 2: verb groups; periphrastic auxiliaries The imperfect and future tenses in Greek and Latin Test 8, Assignment 8.
10 The verb and its modifications 3: modal auxiliaries The infinitive Verbal adjectives: the present participle in Greek and Latin, the gerundive in Latin Test 9, Assignment 9.
11 Complex sentences 1: clauses as adjectives and adverbs Complex sentences 2: clauses as nouns Indirect speech Test 10, Assignment 10.
12 The structure of discourse: sentential adverbs The particles in Greek Revision Final Examination (during exam period)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tests 10 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1,2,3
Assignments 40 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1,2,3
Final 3-hour Examination 50 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


A small, five to ten minute test will be given at the beginning of each Thursday class in weeks 2-11. These tests will assess how well you have memorised the previous week's Greek and Latin vocabulary and your understanding of selected paradigms. There will be ten tests in total, worth 10% of the overall mark for the course. The revision which you must do for these tests is an essential part of the discipline of language learning. The first test will be conducted on Thursday of week 2.

Date Due: Weeks 2-11.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


At the end of each week, a written assignment will be set, in which you will be required to complete a set of exercises relating to the topic which has been studied during that week. Assignments are to be submitted the following Monday, before 5pm. The first assignment will be due in Week 2 of the semester. There will be ten assignments in all, worth 40% of the total mark. Your work may be typed or handwritten on A4 pages, with your name at the top of each page, and uploaded onto Wattle under the assignments tab.

Date Due: Weeks 2-11.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final 3-hour Examination

The final assessment for the course will be a three-hour examination, during the examination period. All work covered during the semester (apart from a few small details noted in the course booklet) may be included in the examination. No reference materials are permitted. A detailed account of the format of the examination paper will be given in Week 12 of the semester and some revision of material will also take place in week 12.

Value: 50%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Tests and assignments will be returned in class.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmissions are permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Research Interests

Ancient Greek literature, philosophy, drama and myth

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Research Interests

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Tuesday 10:00 11:00

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