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Greek Historical Grammar II


Admission requirements

Greek Historical Grammar I, or an equivalent course treating the Historical Phonology of Ancient Greek


The course starts with an overview of the historical morphology of Ancient Greek: the origins of the different types of nominal inflection, the prehistory of the pronouns, the history of the verbal system with its tense/aspect distinctions, moods and personal endings. We will also pay attention to nominal and verbal word-formation (derivation). Emphasis is on the morphological categories of Homeric and Ionic-Attic Greek, but other dialects (including Mycenaean) are also taken into consideration.

The course also gives an introduction to the meter and language of Homer’s Iliad. We will read appr. 100 lines during class, paying attention not only to historical morphology, but also to linguistic differences between Homeric and later Attic Greek. Moreover, in preparation for the exam, students prepare an additional 200 lines by themselves.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the morphological categories of Ancient Greek and of their diachronic developments, including internal variation in time and space (dialects)

  • Knowledge of reconstructed morphological developments, leading from PIE to the attested categories of Ancient Greek

  • Knowledge of Homeric metrics and grammar

  • Ability to translate Homeric Greek


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Lectures/tutoring: 13x2 = 26 hours

  • Preparation tutorials: 13x3 = 39 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 13x2 = 26 hours

  • Preparation exam: 45 hours (includes translating the remainder of Homeric pensum)

  • Exam(s): 4 hours

Assessment method


Written examination with short open questions


Written examination with short open questions: 100%


There will be a resit.

Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Sharing course handouts and other study materials

  • Communicating homework

Reading list

  • Course Handouts


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English.

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof