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Historical Grammar of Greek


Admission requirements

Ancient Greek for Linguists I and Ancient Greek for Linguists II, or an equivalent level of language acquisition in Ancient Greek.


This course gives a one-semester intensive introduction to the historical grammar of Ancient Greek. The main phonological and morphological aspects of Ancient Greek and its dialects are reviewed during the first half of the course. We will use a course syllabus on historical grammar that also contains exercises, and we will take a look at a number of inscriptions. This part will be tested with a mid-term exam. During the second half of the course, we will analyze Ancient Greek literary texts from a historical perspective: we will read short sections from Sappho and from Homer’s Iliad. For this part of the course, students get a take home assignment on a passage from Homer.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the attestations and dialectal diversity of Ancient Greek

  • Skills: be able to account for differences in phonology and morphology between words from different Greek dialects, and to reconstruct earlier forms of such words

  • Skills: be able to translate a short annotated piece of Homeric Greek into correct English with the help of a grammar and dictionary, and to comment on its morphological and phonological peculiarities from a historical linguistic perspective


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/Seminar

Assessment method


  • Mid-term exam on the historical phonology of Ancient Greek

  • Final take-home assignment with open questions on a piece of Homeric Greek


  • The mid-term and take home assignment both count for 50% of the final mark.

  • Additional requirement: the grade of both parts must be at least 5.


There is one resit option for both parts of the assessment.

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 be organized.

Reading list

  • Course Syllabus (distributed via Brightspace)

  • Annotated texts from Homer and Sappho (distributed via Brightspace)


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