GRK20110 Greek Texts: Plato

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module focuses on a dialogue of Plato, to be studied in the original Greek.

Classes will be devoted to reading set texts and discussing points of interest. Students will be expected to prepare a section of the text for each class, and to be able to translate and discuss it.

For Spring 2023 the set text is To be confirmed. In previous years students read Plato's Ion. This dialogue offers a useful introduction to the nature of the Socratic dialogue and allows students to explore topics such as Plato's views on knowledge and the arts, especially poetry.

PLEASE NOTE that the School of Classics reserves the right to withdraw modules in the period up to and including the first week of the teaching trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. translate the set texts with confidence and accuracy;
2. answer questions about, and comment on, specific points in the texts;
3. discuss the contents of the text
4. evaluate and critically engage with modern interpretations of the texts using relevant commentaries and modern scholarship.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered through seminars. Students will be provided with a reading list of modern scholarship and provisional schedule for translation. Prior to each meeting students are expected to prepare the set text and come to class ready to discuss: their prepared translation, any key themes or topics within the selection of text covered that day, any relevant scholarship or guided reading that the module coordinator has assigned. These classes will prepare students for the in-class tests, which examines these skills. Overall the module and all coursework aim to help students transition from intermediate Greek and to develop the confidence to translate and comment on texts more independently. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students taking this module should have successfully completed Intermediate Greek or its equivalent.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Students will be asked to translate and comment on a passage from Plato. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: 1,5000 word essay on a theme in Plato's corpus or a commentary on a passage from the set text. Graduate students taking the module as part of a research degree will complete a third in-class test. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Students will be asked to translate and comment on a passage from Plato. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Homework assignments set by the module coordinator must be completed and submitted via Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on both exams and the essay within twenty working days.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50