KR008 Reading Plato

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 VP
KR002 Greek Grammar II
Basic knowledge of Ancient Greek is required, roughly corresponding to courses KR002 Greek Grammar II or KR016 Classical Greek IV.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The primary aim of the course is the development of skills and abilities necessary for a successful translation of a selected Ancient Greek text. Students draw on the linguistic compentences obtained in courses of Greek grammar and apply their knowledge of morphology and syntax to the authentic Ancient Greek texts. In the course KR008 Reading Plato, students read a selected text from Plato's body of works, worth ca. 50 pages of a critical edition.
Learning outcomes
Following the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- present an overview of Plato's life and works;
- analyse linguistic features of the selected text;
- transform selected syntactical structures;
- translate and interpret the text properly.
  • 1. Introduction to the literary and philosophical works of Plato.
  • 2.-12. Reading and interpretation of selected parts of the Greek text: Correct translation of the Greek original text into Czech, while focusing on differences between the word-for-word and meaningful translation, looking for adequate expressions in Czech for different Greek syntactic constructions, grammatical and syntactical analysis, identification of subordinate clauses and their formal characteristics.
    required literature
  • Platonis opera omnia (ed. J. Burnet). Oxford: Clarendon Press 1963 (repr.).
  • Platón: Spisy I-V. Praha: Oikoymenh 2003.
    recommended literature
  • Kraut, R. (ed.) (1992). The Cambridge Companion to Plato. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brisson, L. - Fronterotta, F. (eds.) (2006). Lire Platon. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
  • Graeser, A. (2002). Řecká filosofie klasického období: Sofisté, Sókratés a sokratikové, Platón a Aristotelés. Praha: Oikoymenh.
  • Benson, H. H. (ed.) (2006). A Companion to Plato. Malden - Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Brickhouse, T. C. - Smith, N. D. (1994). Plato's Socrates. New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Brickhouse, T. C. - Smith, N. D. (2002). The Trial and Execution of Socrates: Sources and Controversies. New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Teaching methods
Students are required to translate and gramatically analyze particular chapters in advance individually at home. During the classes, the text is translated and grammatically analysed.
Assessment methods
The necessary prerequisite for successful completion of the course is active attendance at seminaries. The assessment method for the course is an oral examination that evaluates student's ability of translation and grammatical analysis of a selected Greek text.
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Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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