Classical Greek

About the subject

Ancient Greek is one of the foundations of modern Western culture. When you study Greek, you will not only learn a language, but you will also have access to a rich selection of literature and philosophical and scientific texts, that are still relevant for our modern society.


The Greek culture has strongly influenced not only Western culture as a whole, but also our thinking and our way of expressing ourselves linguistically and in literature. Our science and philosophy are largely based on Greek culture. It is no coincidence that modern philosophy is sometimes described as "a series of footnotes to Plato"! Homer's poetry and the works of the Greek tragedy writers are considered by many to be unmatched in the Western literary canon. Many important concepts originate from the Greek, but we do not know about it. "Democracy" is a Greek word, and a form of Western democracy developed for the first time in ancient Greece. The New Testament is written in Greek. In short, it is not possible to understand our modern society without knowledge of the Greek heritage.
After the basic course has been completed, you will read selected parts of Homer's heroic songs about the Trojan War and the return journey of Odysseus, of poets such as Sappho and Pindar, dialogues of Plato, dramas of the ever-actual tragedy writers Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and the comedy writer Aristophanes, and examples of the rhetoric art of Lysias and Demosthenes. In addition to this, parts of Herodotus's and Thucydides's history works as well as central texts from the New Testament are read.
The teaching is given at half speed. The first semester's studies do not require any previous knowledge of the subject. You can also start by reading the course "Biblical Greek" first term at the undergraduate level and then continuing with ancient Greek the second semester.
The courses "Ancient Greece: narratives and concepts", "Greek Eros - Love and Eroticism in Ancient Greece" and "Greek Tragedy and Comedy in Translation" do not require any knowledge of Greek and are aimed at those who want an introduction to the ancient Greece's culture, ideas and way of living.
 

Career opportunities

Ancient Greek is of use to anyone who works with culture related subjects. This applies e.g. to university teachers, journalists in the cultural field, archaeologists and those working with art and in museums. Greek is therefore a good merit that complements studies in other humanities.
 

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Research

Within the subject of Greek, research is mainly conducted within the linguistic field as well as text editing and scientific studies within the field of philology.