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Papers 1-4: Greek and Latin Language and Texts

Aims and objectives

  1. To develop students’ knowledge, abilities and skills in reading Greek and Latin to a point where they can tackle independently and with confidence authors of whom they have prior experience.
  2. To enhance students’ understanding of the structure and functioning of the Greek and Latin languages.
  3. To further students’ command of Greek and Latin vocabulary.
  4. To develop students’ familiarity with a range of different kinds of Greek and Latin.
  5. To give students an experience of particular texts and authors that will better equip them for tackling Papers 5–8 and 10.

 

Scope and structure of the examination paper 2017–18

Paper 1. Passages for translation from Greek authors (also serves as Paper GL 11 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos)

The paper will contain two passages of unseen prose for translation; two passages of unseen verse; and a seen passage from the ‘Epic’ modules.

The paper will be divided into three sections: A (two prose passages), B (two verse passages), and C (one ‘seen’ passage from the Schedule A texts for Paper 5); Section A will carry 40% of the marks, Section B will carry 40%, and Section C will carry 20%.

At least one passage in Section A will come from Thucydides or Plato or Demosthenes; in Section B at least one passage will be taken from tragic trimeters. For the ‘seen’ passage in Section C, candidates will be set a passage taken from the Schedule A set texts for the compulsory Epic module of Paper 5.

Paper 2. Alternative passages for translation from Greek authors (also serves as Paper GL 12 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos)

The paper will contain two passages of unseen prose for translation; two passages of unseen verse; and a seen passage from the ‘Epic’ modules.

The paper will be divided into three sections: A (two prose passages), B (two verse passages), and C (one ‘seen’ passage from the Schedule A texts for Paper 5); Section A will carry 40% of the marks, Section B will carry 40%, and Section C will carry 20%.

At least one passage in Section A will come from Plato or Lysias or Xenophon; in Section B at least one passage will be taken from tragic trimeters. For the ‘seen’ passage in Section C, candidates will be set a passage taken from the Schedule A (intensive) set texts for the compulsory Epic module of Paper 5.

Paper 3. Passages for translation from Latin authors (also serves as Paper GL 13 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos)

The paper will contain two passages of unseen prose for translation; two passages of unseen verse; and a seen passage from the ‘Epic’ modules.

The paper will be divided into three sections: A (two prose passages), B (two verse passages), and C (one ‘seen’ passage from the Schedule A texts for Paper 6); Section A will carry 40% of the marks, Section B will carry 40%, and Section C will carry 20%.

At least one passage in Section A will come from Cicero (speeches) or Livy; in Section B there will be at least one passage of elegiacs (Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid). For the ‘seen’ passage in Section C, candidates will be set a passage taken from the Schedule A set texts for the compulsory Epic module of Paper 6.

Paper 4. Alternative passages for translation from Latin authors

The paper will contain two passages of unseen prose for translation; two passages of unseen verse; and a seen passage from the ‘Epic’ modules.

The paper will be divided into three sections: A (two prose passages), B (two verse passages), and C (one ‘seen’ passage from the Schedule A texts for Paper 6); Section A will carry 40% of the marks, Section B will carry 40%, and Section C will carry 20%.

At least one passage in Section A will come from Cicero (speeches) or Livy; in Section B there will be at least one passage of elegiacs (Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid). For the ‘seen’ passage in Section C, candidates will be set a passage taken from the Schedule A (intensive) set texts for the compulsory Epic module of Paper 6.

 

Courses for ALL candidates

If you did not manage to attend these courses in your Part IA year, now is the time to go to:

GREEK ACCENTS

DR L PRAUSCELLO
(4 L: Michaelmas)

Two lectures, explaining the general principles of Greek accentuation, followed by two practical classes. Handouts will be provided.

 

GREEK AND LATIN METRE

DR D BUTTERFIELD
(10 L: Easter)

Discussion of all the main Greek and Latin metres. These metres will be examined roughly in ascending order of difficulty or unfamiliarity, beginning with the dactylic hexameter and elegiacs, passing through the iambic trimeter and Roman comic metres, and ending with more complex lyric metres in Greek and Latin. Copies of passages discussed, and optional practice passages, will be provided. The earlier lectures, in particular, are recommended for undergraduates. Graduate students are also invited to attend, and they may find the later lectures, which will acquaint them with the less familiar metres, beneficial.

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