GRE4110 – History of the Greek language

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Course content

The course treats the history of the Greek language in Antiquity, from Bronze Age Mycenaean to the Koiné of Hellenistic times and Late Antiquity until the Byzantine and the Modern Period. The Greek dialects and the use of language in various literary genres (epic, drama, etc.) are also treated. Aside from the study of Greek texts from various linguistic periods, students will also gain deeper insight into the specifics of historical linguistics as a research area.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, you will be able to:

  • recognize typical features and stages in the development of the Greek language
  • identify Greek dialects
  • be familiar with the language of various genres of Greek literature
  • read, understand and evaluate critical reading in the area of historical linguistics
  • independently draft, explore and answer research questions in Greek historical linguistics.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree containing at least 80 ECTS credits of ancient Greek, or similar education.

Recommended previous knowledge


14 double sessions of seminars (together with GRE2110 – Gresk språkhistorie).

We expect you to prepare for and participate actively in the seminars.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher:

  • oral presentation of an ancient Greek text from a language historical perspective
  • participation in the seminars (minimum 10 of 14 times)
  • draft of the essay (approx. 1 page, 2300 characters pr page)

The draft of the essay is valid only for the semester it has been approved. Approved oral presentation and approved participation in the seminars are valid also the next two times the course is offered.


Essay with linguistic commentary and analysis on a passage chosen autonomously from a Greek text, incl. your own translation. The essay has to differ significantly from the oral presentation (not on the same text/dialect/period).

The essay should be 8-10 pages, 2300 characters pr. page (excl. title page, Greek text, and bibliography).

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

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.

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

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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

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Facts about this course






Spring 2012


Spring 2012

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)