Greek (Ancient)


An Ancient Greek major allows you to read, in the original, works of immense cultural and literary significance by the great writers of the ancient Mediterranean world. The study of philosophy, history, drama, lyric, epic, the novel, and oratory begins in Greece, and Greek contributions to world literature are undisputed models of perfection in every later age. Reading the actual words of Homer, Euripides, Plato or the New Testament is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience.

A major in Ancient Greek gives you an advanced ability to read and critically analyse Greek literature. Greek majors study a wide variety of important texts from key periods and genres in the development of this hugely influential literature, gaining an understanding of its themes, preoccupations and complex reflection of Greek (particularly Classical Athenian) culture. Linguistic ability is developed as you progress through a series of units that introduce, practise and then analyse in context Greek morphology and syntax. You may begin either at introductory level, if you have no prior knowledge of Greek, or at intermediate level if you have studied Greek previously to HSC-level (or equivalent). The culmination of the major for all students is in-depth study and nuanced appreciation of works of celebrated Greek authors.

For more information, visit the Department of Classics and Ancient History website.

Study plan

There are two pathways through an Ancient Greek major: one if you have not studied Greek to HSC-level (or equivalent), and one if you have. These pathways merge at the intermediate level (GRKA2600).

A major in Ancient Greek requires 36 senior credit points from the unit of study table including at least 18 credit points from Language units of study of which 6 must be at 3000 level, and at least 18 credit points from Literature units of study.

For more information about pathways through the major, refer to the Greek (Ancient) subject area page of the online handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

Ancient History, Latin

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