Units of Study

MGRK3607 - The Art of Translating

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Vrasidas Karalis
Phone: +61 2 9351 7252
Email: vrasidas.karalis@sydney.edu.au


The unit explores the art and the act of translation from Greek into English and vice versa at the most advanced and complex level. It studies existing translations of literary and non literary texts, and investigates the validity of actual translations as well as the possibility of other translations. It focuses on a wide variety of texts, from poetry, newspaper articles, economic analysis texts, medical texts, manuals of electronics in order to analyse the various solutions give by specific translators and the principles that defined them. The unit finally grounds its analysis on the exploration of a number of theoretical approaches to the art of translating providing a thorough critique of each specific theory.


3000wd essay (60%), 500wd tutorial presentation (15%), 1000wd written assignment (25%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorials/week


12 Senior credit points of Modern Greek




  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm





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1 This class runs fortnightly from Week 1 to Week 3
2 This class runs fortnightly from Week 2 to Week 4
3 This class runs from Week 5 to Week 13

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In addition to the core language studies units, the undergraduate program includes other units of study that deal with cultural and literary themes and translation. The following is a list of units that are currently offered on rotation each year.

  • MGRK2603 Style and Expression
  • MGRK2604 Comparison of Greek and English
  • MGRK2605 Theory and Practice of Translation B
  • MGRK2606 Varieties and Registers
  • MGRK2609 Theory and Practice of Translation A
  • MGRK2621 Greek Modernism
  • MGRK2622 The Other Road to Greek Modernity
  • MGRK2631 Cultural Identities
  • MGRK2633 Social Norms/Stereotypes in Greek Cinema
  • MGRK2652 Politics and Politicians in Greece
  • MGRK2653 Sex, Drugs and Music in Modern Greece
  • MGRK2655 Modern Greek Art
  • MGRK2657 Greece and the European Imaginary
  • MGRK2675 New Testament Greek and its World A
  • MGRK2676 New Testament Greek and its World B
  • MGRK2682 Sports and Contemporary Culture
  • MGRK2691 Sociolinguistics in the Greek Diaspora
  • MGRK3692 Theories of Literature