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Course content

The course is divided in two parts: first we use some time to give a general introduction to Greek drama during the classical period. Then for the main part of the course we read, translate and interpret text from a dramatic work (tragedy or comedy), approximately 60-75 pages* in total. In addition you will be expected to read supplementary literature for in-dept-study and orientation.

* 1 page = 1 page in Teubner / Oxford Classical Texts.

Learning outcome

After examination you should be able to:

  • translate and interpret course texts to Norwegian (English)
  • read and explain the verse and meter in the text
  • analyze the text with an eye to text critical, linguistic, historical, poetical, and/or theatrical aspects
  • place the dramatic text and genre in a contemporary Athenian context.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Introduction to Ancient Greek (at least 20 ECTS credits), equivalent to GRE1001 – Innføring i gresk I and GRE1002 – Innføring i gresk II

Recommended previous knowledge

We recommend that you have taken 40 ECTS in Ancient Greek before you sign up for this course. Especially recommended are GRE1105 – Gresk grammatikk I and GRE1405 – Gresk lyrikk.


The teaching in this course is given throughout the semester as 10 double sessions of seminars.

We expect you to participate actively in the seminars through:

  • weekly preparations of Greek text passages (translations)
  • occasional critical reading (secondary literature)
  • regular oral contribution; participation in class discussions, reading out loud

For you to be admitted to final examination the teacher must approve (accept as satisfactory) the following compulsory tuition activity:

  • regular attendance and active participation in the seminars (minimum 7 of 10 times)


Portfolio exam. The portfolio consists of two texts. One of the texts should discuss verse meter (maximum 3 pages), the other text should discuss the language and content of the dramatic work (maximum 7 pages). In total, the portfolio should consist of 8-10 pages. 

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher.

Previous exams (up until autumn 2018 the examination form was a written exam (4 hours)).

Assessment guidelines

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2020

The course is offered on an irregular basis.


Spring 2020

The course is offered on an irregular basis.

Teaching language

Norwegian and English