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The Open University

Getting started on ancient Greek

The Open University via OpenLearn

Overview

This free course, Getting started on ancient Greek, offers a taster of the ancient Greek world through the study of one of its most distinctive and enduring features: its language.The course ...

Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • Historical overview
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session1Session 1: The alphabet
  • Introduction
  • 1 First steps
  • 2 More letters
  • 3 Unfamiliar letters
  • 4 ‘False friends’
  • 5 Places and people
  • 6 Transliteration
  • 7 Learning the letters
  • 8 Alphabetical order
  • 9 Practise your learning
  • 10 A Greek inscription
  • 11 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session2Session 2: Sounds
  • Introduction
  • 1 The sounds of Greek
  • 2 Breathings
  • 3 Refinements
  • 4 Accents
  • 5 Stress
  • 6 Diphthongs
  • 7 Practice
  • 8 Reconstructing pronunciation
  • 9 Listening to Homer
  • 10 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session3Session 3: Writing
  • Introduction
  • 1 Forming the letters
  • 2 First words
  • 3 Practice
  • 4 Upper and lower case
  • 5 Listening
  • 6 Ancient writing
  • 6.1 Capital letters
  • 6.2 Lower case
  • 6.3 Word division
  • 7 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session4Session 4: Words
  • Introduction
  • 1 Greek and English
  • 2 Suffixes
  • 3 Prefixes
  • 4 Eponyms
  • 5 Vocabulary
  • 6 The definite article
  • 7 Counting
  • 8 Plato's Timaeus
  • 9 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session5Session 5: Word endings
  • Introduction
  • 1 English noun endings
  • 2 A Greek example
  • 3 The genitive case
  • 4 Case endings
  • 5 Patronymics
  • 6 The genealogy of Leonidas
  • 7 The direction of Greek writing
  • 7.1 A Greek vase
  • 7.2 The Gortyn code
  • 8 Summary
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session6Session 6: Subjects and objects
  • Introduction
  • 1 Subjects and objects
  • 2 Sentence patterns
  • 3 Noun endings in English
  • 4 Nominative and accusative
  • 5 Declensions
  • 6 Using case endings
  • 7 Forms of the article
  • 8 Alexander's dedication
  • 9 Local scripts
  • 9.1 Athens
  • 9.2 Crete
  • 10 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session7Session 7: Subjects and complements
  • Introduction
  • 1 Subject and object: recap
  • 2 Subject and complement
  • 3 εἰμί, I am
  • 4 Boundary stones
  • 5 καλός inscriptions
  • 6 Beatitudes
  • 7 The standardisation of the alphabet
  • 8 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session8Session 8: Reading Greek
  • Introduction
  • 1 Alexander’s dedication
  • 2 Reading skills
  • 2.1 The alphabet
  • 2.2 Sounds
  • 2.3 Word shape
  • 2.4 Syntax
  • 2.5 Meaning
  • 2.6 Context
  • 2.7 Putting it all together
  • 3 Closing thoughts
  • Acknowledgements

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