GRE4316 – Archaic Greek Poetry

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Course content

On this course we study a selection of Greek lyric poetry from the Archaic period. (7.-5. century BCE), e.g. poems by Archilochus, Alcman, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Pindar, Bacchylides (in total 1800-2000 verses). In addition you will be expected to read supplementary literature for orientation and/or in-depth-study.

The readings illustrate the poems' language and style, metre, tradition history, content, performance context and their relation to other types of poetry (epic poetry, drama)

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you are able to:

  • translate the course texts.
  • account for the metre in the course texts
  • account for the textual tradition of the course texts and its importance for the poems' present form.
  • explain the poems' relation to other poetic genres in antiquity (epic poetry, drama)


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.

You must be admitted to a Master's Degree Programme.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS credits in Ancient Greek.


Individual tutorials with the course teacher. If more than one student sign up for the course, tutorials may be organized in groups.

In order for you to be allowed to sit for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher:

  • Draft of the semester paper

You submit your paper in Canvas, where most of the tutorials takes place.


Semester paper (10 pages, 2300 characters pr. page, excl. bibliography).

When you write a semester paper, you are entitled to receive individual supervision. The compulsory draft  forms the basis of this supervision. The draft must meet certain requirements in order to be approved. Further information regarding supervision and submission of the draft will be given in connection with the tutorials.

You choose the subject of your semester essay in agreement with the teacher.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the compulsory tuition activity 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 write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

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