• Class Number 4264
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

This course continues the study of this key Classical language as students consolidate the basic elements covered in Continuing Ancient Greek, expand their working vocabulary, and are introduced to more advanced grammatical principles. Background information on the literature, culture and history of Ancient Greece is woven into the subject matter throughout the semester. Upon completion of the course, students should have sufficient expertise to read texts of moderate difficulty with assistance. Students who complete this course are eligible to progress to Intermediate Ancient Greek II.

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. Recognize and translate most morphological forms and grammatical structures found in Ancient Greek texts.
  2. Read and translate at sight passages of Ancient Greek containing a broad range of grammatical structures and a limited range of vocabulary.
  3. Read and translate an extensive range of passages in Ancient Greek with the aid of a dictionary and/or grammatical reference.
  4. Discuss with authority aspects of Ancient Greek literature and grammar.

Examination Material or equipment

No reference materials or electronic aids (e.g. laptops, phones etc.) are permitted in tests or examinations. 

Required Resources

JACT, Reading Greek, 2nd edn. 2 vols, CUP, 2007

Suggested reading:


Plato, Apology 30e-31a.

Mueller, I. 1997. ‘Socrates and the beginnings of moral philosophy’ in C.C.W. Taylor (ed.) Routledge History of Philosophy: From the Beginning to Plato. London, New York: Routledge.


Homer, Iliad 6.186.

Apollodorus, Library 2.5.9.

Block, J.H. 1995. The Early Amazons: Modern and Ancient Perspectives on a Persistent Myth. Leiden: Brill.

duBois, P. 1982. Centaurs and Amazons: Women and the Pre-History of the Great Chain of Being. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Tyrrell, W.B. 1984. Amazons: A Study in Athenian Mythmaking. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press.


Bowie, A.M. 1993. Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fontaine, M. and A.C. Scafuro (eds). 2014. The Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Halliwell, S. 2008. Greek Laughter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Revermann, M. (ed). 2014. The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 

Staff Feedback

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

  • Written feedback to individual students on tests, exercises, presentation and report
  • Verbal feedback to whole class covering matters arising from continual assessments. 

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

Referencing requirements: Our preference is to use the Harvard system, which uses a basic author-date method of referencing. A simple guide may be found at: http://www.citethisforme.com/harvard-referencing

You may use in-text referencing or footnotes. A bibliography including every work cited in the text is essential. Each entry should include author/editor name (s) and initials; date of publication; book or article title; journal title and volume number; place of publication; publisher; page numbers for chapter or journal articles. 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Reading Greek, Section 7D-H
2 Reading Greek Section 8 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
3 Reading Greek Section 8 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
4 Reading Greek Section 9 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
5 Reading Greek Section 9 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
6 Reading Greek Section 10 Weekly exercises, Mid-Semester Test
7 Reading Greek Section 10 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
8 Reading Greek Section 11 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
9 Reading Greek Section 11 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
10 Reading Greek Section 12 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
11 Reading Greek Section 12 Weekly exercises, Weekly test
12 Reading Greek Section 13 Weekly exercises, Weekly test

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Translation and Morphology Exercises 30 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 3
Vocabulary Tests 10 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 3
In-class Presentation and Report 15 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 4
Mid-Semester Test 15 % 01/01/2029 01/02/2029 1, 2, 3
Examination 30 % 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: 30 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Translation and Morphology Exercises

Exercises will be taken from Reading Greek and will be listed on Wattle. They will involve reviewing the material covered in class the previous week, completing exercises and submitting completed work on Wattle by 5pm on Mondays. Exercises will be judged on their accuracy.

Word limit: 1800 words

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: typed or handwritten exercises are acceptable

Estimated return date: within 2 weeks

Assessment Task 2

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

Vocabulary Tests

These short tests will be given in the first five minutes of class on Thursdays. The material covered by each test will be listed on Wattle. These tests are intended to ensure that you are keeping up to date with new vocabulary and new morphology. Completion of tests is essential to your progress and is a requirement of the course.

Total time taken: 1 hour

Value: 10%

Estimated return date: within 2 weeks

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 4

In-class Presentation and Report

Students will prepare a ten minute presentation to be given in class (in a week nominated by the student) on an aspect of the texts that we have been reading or an aspect of grammar covered in class. Several topics will be suggested but you may also devise one of your own, subject to the approval by the Course Convenor. The presentation will be accompanied by a 1,000 word report to be submitted on Wattle by 5pm on Friday in the week of the presentation.

Total time and length: 10 minute presentation and 1,000 word report

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: within 2 weeks

Suggested presentation topics:

  1. Socrates famously compared himself to a 'gadfly stinging the lazy horse of Athens' (Plato’s Apology 30e-31a). Translate this short passage of Greek and give your interpretation of Socrates’ analogy.
  2. Who were the Amazons? Give a brief account using the key sources. 
  3. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata gives the ‘fantasy of female power’ a brief airing before the restoration of normality. Do you agree with this analysis? Give reasons to support your answer. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Mid-Semester Test

The mid-semester test will be conducted on Thursday in Week 6. The test will cover the vocabulary, grammatical forms, exercises and reading from Reading Greek up to the end of section 9.

Total time taken: 45 minutes

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: within 2 weeks

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


The final assessment for the course will be a three-hour examination, conducted during the examination period. I will give you a detailed account of the format of the examination paper in Week 12 of the semester. It will include passages for translation into English (from those studied during the semester); sentences for translation into English and into Greek (focussing on the grammar and vocabulary studied during the semester) and questions on grammar. 

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

Assignments and reports (typed, or handwritten and then scanned) are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. 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.

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

Student work 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
6197 0057

Research Interests

Greek literature, language, philosophy and mythology.

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Dr Sonia Pertsinidis
6197 0057

Research Interests

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00

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