FIL4530 – Philosophical texts in Greek

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course consists in reading of ancient philosophical texts in ancient Greek. The texts and course readings may vary from year to year. The main goal is to provide students with training in ancient Greek and in philological methods and to use these in an interpretation of philosophical texts.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course examination, you will:

  • be able to read ancient Greek philosophical texts in the original language with the help of a lexicon
  • be able to do a basic philological analysis on one's own
  • have a good foundation for philosophical interpretation of ancient texts


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must have completed 20 study points in ancient Greek to be enrolled in this course.

Overlapping courses


14 2-hour seminar meetings. The class will meet together with students from GRE2402/GRE4402. In addition there will be 3 seperate seminar meetings only for the philosophy students towards the end of the semester.

The type of instruction requires active participation from you as a student, and we expect you to come to class prepared. The following compulsory tuition activities must be completed to have the right to sit for the examination and submit your portofolio:

  • mandatory presence at the seminars (you must be present at minimum 10 of the 14 seminar meetings together with GRE2402/GRE4402, and at 2 of the 3 seminar meetings which are exclusively for the philosophy students)


Portofolio examination consisting of a 2-hour exam, involving both the translation and a philological exposition of a text, and a short written essay.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

The course will only be offered as long as the programme option Ancient philosophy has any students.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course will be offered for the first time autumn 2016.

The course will not be offered fall 19.


Every autumn

The course will not be offered fall 19.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)