Advanced groups will normally aim to read three texts: a book of Homer, a tragedy and a prose book. The texts will be chosen by the group’s tutor to avoid both what students have already read and their A-level set texts. The main aim in reading these texts is to build up the students’ fluency and linguistic self-confidence. While critical appreciation of the texts will play a part, it will not take precedence over the linguistic priorities which the course exists to promote. This provides a very different experience to the intensive study of set texts that most students are familiar with from their schools – please be prepared for this.
Historical, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical exploration is amply on offer in the series of lectures and seminars. Equally, some consolidation of grammar may be thought appropriate, but the course is primarily a reading course, not a series of language classes.
Intermediate and Advanced students will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to take part in a rehearsed reading or performance of a Greek Tragedy (in Greek) at the end of the course in the open-air theatre.