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Historical grammar of Greek 2


Admission requirements

Historical Grammar of Greek 1


This course gives an overview of the historical morphology of Ancient Greek: the different declension types and their origins, the reconstruction of pronouns, and the prehistory of the Greek verb with its complicated system of tense-/aspect stems, modes and voices, and endings. Attention will also be paid to productive derivational processes with nominal and verbal stems. The emphasis is on the morphological categories of Homeric Greek and the Ionic-Attic dialects, but other dialectal varieties (including Mycenaean) are also taken into account.
Secondly, and at the same time, this course offers an introduction to the language of Homeric epic (translating, metrics, morphology). We will read about 100 lines of the Iliad, paying attention to the differences between Homeric and Attic Greek and the various dialectal layers in the epic language.

Course objectives

  • Insight into the morphological structure of Ancient Greek, including internal variation in time and space (dialects)

  • Knowledge: morphological developments leading from Proto-Indo-European to the attested nominal, verbal and pronominal forms and categories of Ancient Greek

  • Ability: translate a piece of Homeric Greek and give a morphological analysis of the forms in it

  • Ability: reading skills Homeric Greek


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture/Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours
13 × 2 = 26 contact hours
13 × 6 = 78 hours class preparation
33 hours preparation exam
3 hours examination

Assessment method


Written exam with short open questions




There is the possibility of a resit.

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • distributing course syllabi and presentations

  • communicating changes in the schedule or homework

Reading list

Powerpoints, course syllabi and handouts (to be distributed in class and/or via BlackBoard)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
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