Ancient Greek A

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

An introduction to one of the most scholarly and academic pursuits imaginable, the Ancient Greek A online unit, provided by OUA and awarded by Macquarie University, attempts to teach students the structure of the language of Ancient Greek, with the end result being that students should be able to read basic documents in Greek.

With no prior knowledge of Greek, nor in-depth knowledge of other languages, necessary, this course provides an excellent starting point for those interested in learning a totally new language and alphabet.

The Bachelor of Arts course would perfectly complement the units offered by Macquarie University in Ancient History. The unit is assessed in three ways. Various assignments compose half the student’s eventual mark, whilst the remaining 50% is split between a non-invigilated exam (40%) and a number of quizzes (10%).


Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Students must have passed a Level 1 Major unit.

Areas of study

In this Ancient Greek A unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Present indicative active and middle-passive verbs: the 1st principle part; nouns of the 1st and 2nd declensions; article
  • Imperfect active and middle-passive; adjectives
  • Future active and middle: the 2nd principle part; 1st declension nouns
  • Aorist active and middle: the 3rd principle part; indirect statement
  • 3rd declension nouns
  • 3rd declension adjectives; 3rd/1st declension adjectives; irregular adjectives; syntax
  • Participles: present, future, aorist active and middle/middle-passive
  • Pronouns: interrogative, indefinite, relative indefinite, reciprocal; perfect active: the 4th principle part
  • Pronouns: personal and reflexive; possessive adjectives; perfect middle-passive: the 5th principle part
  • Comparison of adjectives, adverbs; aorist and future passive: the 6th principle part
  • Contract verbs; -MI verbs
  • Subjunctive; optative; sequence of moods and dependent clauses; imperative; vocative; verbals

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As this is very much a foundation unit designed to introduce newcomers to the intricacies of Ancient Greek, students who successfully complete this unit are likely to either move on to more complex Ancient Greek/language units or simply use the credit to embellish their overall Bachelor of Arts portfolio.

Students studying units in Ancient History may find this degree useful in helping them to interpret ancient texts or plays by Greek philosophers and playwrights, although, as this is a beginners course, students are advised not to expect miracles: you won’t be translating the entire original text of Homer’s Iliad after three months of study.

Overall, students who complete this unit can be expected to recognise and retain knowledge of Greek script and phonetic structure, identify and remember elementary Greek grammatical structures and memorise the vocabulary which makes up the foundations of Ancient Greek.

Students will also be able to evaluate the required grammar needed in order to translate simple Greek texts, examine applicable grammatical and lexical reference tools, and recognise and retain knowledge of linguistic metalanguage. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, students will be able to use all this knowledge to read and/or write simple Greek texts and examine how important Greek is in terms of studying relevant ancient cultures.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Ancient Greek A from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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