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Ancient Greek for Indo-Europeanists


Admission requirements



This structure course introduces students of Indo-European Linguistics to the grammar of Attic Greek in one 5-EC semester course. The focus is on basic syntax, phonology and especially morphology. At the same time, students learn how to explain apparent phonological and morphological irregularities in Greek by using (historical) linguistic methods. The student’s preparation is essential for successful participation in this course. We will use Mastronarde’s Introduction to Attic Greek, supplemented by a course syllabus.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge: basic Attic Greek vocabulary, phonology and morphology

  • skills: be able to give a morphological analysis of Ancient Greek words

  • skills: be able to translate an annotated Attic Greek text into correct English

  • insight: be able to explain morphological irregularities or variation within Ancient Greek with reference to linguistic developments


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/Seminar

Assessment method


  • 5-minute graded tests at the start of each class about vocabulary and grammar

  • Written final examination with short open questions


  • From a total of 11 short tests, the 9 best results will be taken into account. The average of these 9 marks counts for 25% of the final mark.

  • The final exam counts for 75% of the final mark.

  • Additional requirement: the grade for the final exam must be at least 5.


There is a resit option for the final exam, but not for the short tests.
The result of the resit is again weighed (75%) against the average of the short tests (25%).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list


  • Donald J. Mastronarde, An Introduction to Attic Greek (2nd edition). Berkeley: University of California Press. (NB the first edition of this book cannot be used!)

  • Course handouts distributed via Brightspace
    Students who do not yet know the Greek alphabet are requested to study Mastronarde, Unit 1 until section 4 (p. 13) before the course starts.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Wijkplaats for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk



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