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Course content

We read a Greek drama from the classical period (fifth cent. BCE) – tragedy or comedy – and parts of other dramatic works related to it thematically or otherwise (100 pages* in total).

The course also offers insight into the scholarly interpretation of the text(s) read and their scholarly and artistic reception through extensive reading of secondary literature.

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

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, you will be able to:

  • translate the text(s) read from ancient Greek into Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
  • situate the text as a whole and/or parts of it within their historical context
  • explain the grammar of the texts, their content, and meter.
  • analyse textual, lingustic, stylistic, literary, historical and/or cultural aspects of the text read in dialogue with their scholarly interpretation.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree containing at least 80 ECTS in Ancient Greek, or corresponding education.

Recommended previous knowledge

GRE1001 – Innføring i gresk I, GRE1002 – Innføring i gresk II, GRE1105 – Gresk grammatikk I and GRE2105 – Gresk grammatikk II.


  • 14 double sessions of seminars together with GRE2405 – Greek drama
  • Additional 4 double sessions of tutorials on secondary literature

Active participation of students enrolled in seminars is expected.

In order for you to be allowed to submit the final essay, the following compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher:

Approval of teaching activity is valid only for the current semester.


Essay in English or Norwegian (10 pages, including footnotes and reference list). Formal parameters: 12 pt font, Times New Roman, 1,5 interlinear space.

Topic: own choice (and approved by the teacher) or given by the teacher.

In order for you to be allowed to submit the final essay, the compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

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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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017


Autumn 2017

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)