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GK4124 The History of Ancient Greek from Homer to the New Testament

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:1.00 pm - 2.00 pm Tue and Thu

This module offers in-depth insight into the key stages of the development of the Ancient Greek Language. Beginning with its earliest stages, the epic language of Homer and the famous Nestor Cup, we will acquaint ourselves, at a basic level, with Mycenean (Linear B) Greek and Greek's relationship with Indo-European. Through an exploration of the main Greek dialects and alphabets preserved in both literary and inscriptional evidence, we will trace the process leading to the establishment of Attic as "standard" Greek, paying attention to linguistic-historical as well as social-cultural factors. We will then study the development of Hellenistic koine Greek and the influence of other cultures and languages on Greek, a fundamental part of this process, focussing, again, on inscriptions along with literature, which culminates in Greek classicism in Augustan Rome. The module concludes with an introduction to biblical Greek, at the threshold of pagan and Christian antiquity.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Classics and Greek Degrees and Latin (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees

UG Pre-requisite(s):40 credits from GK2001, GK2003, GK2003, GK2004, including one pass at 11 or better, or a pass in GK3022, or evidence of equivalent linguistic achievement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours of lectures and seminars
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 55%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 45%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr N Wiater
Module teaching staff:Dr N Wiater