Omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara. (Ancient Greek Language and Literature)

Degree programme objectives

The study of the ancient Greek language and literature allows students to obtain firm linguistic competences in ancient Greek and introduces them to the world of ancient Greece, whose brightest minds set foundations of the European literature, established Western philosophical and scientific tradition, and entrusted the future generations with the heritage of first democratic principles and values of the civic society. The minor degree of the programme focuses on the ancient Greek language. As such, it primarily serves to satisfy the needs of the students of those study programmes, in which ancient Greek is potentially one of the source languages (e.g., philosophy, history of the antiquity, Latin language and literature, modern Greek, classical archaeology, religious studies, general and Indo-European linguistics etc.). The major and the completus of the programme lead to the in-depth knowledge of all important historical and socio-cultural aspects of the world of Greek Antiquity via courses on Greek literature, philosophy, mythology, history, art and religions. The study of the language whose morphology ranks among the most difficult in the domain of the Indo-European languages will deepen the general linguistic competences and facilitate the understanding of a wide range of technical terminology in various fields of study, which is largely built on the ancient Greek foundations. The knowledge acquired by the study of the ancient Greek world will lead to a better orientation in most domains of European culture and scholarship.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Bachelor's and long-cycle Master's degree programmes in 2023/2024
Submission deadline until midnight 28. 2. 2023

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    This programme is taught in Czech.

    The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Learning Potential Test (TSP). Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

    You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
    The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

    Learning Potential Test (TSP)

    This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

    Field of Study Examination

    For admission for studies of this degree programme, you do not need to take the Field of Study Examination.

    Admission without the entrance examination

    You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on at least one of the following criteria:
    1. placing in any of the first three places in a national round in the Latin Competition - Certamen Latinum;
    2. secondary school results with an average 1.5 or higher in the subjects Czech language (not Slovak), two foreign languages and a choice of one more subject determined by the faculty: English, Chinese, history, French, music, information technology, Italian, Latin, maths, German, Russian, Spanish, basics of social sciences. An exemption based on school results is applicable to applicants who are students in the final year of a secondary school or who have passed the secondary school leaving examination no later than in 2020.

    Secondary school results may be applied for an exemption from the entrance examination by those applicants whose average grade was 1.5 or higher in each of the four profile subjects. The total average result in all subjects is not taken into consideration. Secondary school seminars are also disregarded. The average grade of each profile subject is calculated based on the results of the last four years of study in the following way: the mid-year grade is calculated from the final year, whereas the final grades are calculated from the previous three years. It is also necessary that applicants have studied each of the profile subjects for at least two years during the last four years.
    Enter your grades in your e-application. Then print the grades out and let your secondary school certify them with a stamp and a signature. Upload the scan of the certified grades into your e-application. You can also upload officially certified school reports or any other documents certifying your school results.
    Please upload the officially certified documents directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 40

Studies

  • Objectives

    The study of the ancient Greek language and literature allows students to obtain firm linguistic competences in ancient Greek and introduces them to the world of ancient Greece, whose brightest minds set foundations of the European literature, established Western philosophical and scientific tradition, and entrusted the future generations with the heritage of first democratic principles and values of the civic society. The minor degree of the programme focuses on the ancient Greek language. As such, it primarily serves to satisfy the needs of the students of those study programmes, in which ancient Greek is potentially one of the source languages (e.g., philosophy, history of the antiquity, Latin language and literature, modern Greek, classical archaeology, religious studies, general and Indo-European linguistics etc.). The major and the completus of the programme lead to the in-depth knowledge of all important historical and socio-cultural aspects of the world of Greek Antiquity via courses on Greek literature, philosophy, mythology, history, art and religions. The study of the language whose morphology ranks among the most difficult in the domain of the Indo-European languages will deepen the general linguistic competences and facilitate the understanding of a wide range of technical terminology in various fields of study, which is largely built on the ancient Greek foundations. The knowledge acquired by the study of the ancient Greek world will lead to a better orientation in most domains of European culture and scholarship.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • describe morphological and syntactic structures of the Attic dialect of ancient Greek;
    • read, translate and interpret ancient Greek texts written in the Attic dialect;
    • characterize respective developmental stages of ancient Greek literature and their most important figures.
    • work with scholarly literature and to have a good overview of the most important study aids, both in print and online (electronic databases, specialized lexicons, basic handbooks and encyclopaedic works);
    • write an academic text based on sound scholarship that substantiates the graduate’s ability to work autonomously;
    • demonstrate the basic knowledge of the Ancient Greek history;
    • provide an overview of the history of Classical philology, especially Greek philology;
    • display a sound command of the most important methodological approaches in the fields of linguistics and literary theory;
    • connect the knowledge of Ancient Greek literature and lignuistic competenced in Ancient Greek with consilient scientific domains.
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Following the successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, the graduate will have all the necessary philological competences for self-dependent reading and translation of the ancient Greek texts written in the Attic dialects, which he/she will be able to interpret on the wider socio-cultural background of the world of the Antiquity. Graduates that successfully completed the study of ancient Greek in combination with another professionally related field of study (e.g., religious studies, history, archaeology, philosophy) will be able to work with the primary source materials in their original format. The graduate may continue to further his/her knowledge of the ancient Greece in the Master’s study programme, successful completion of which makes the graduate eligible for the teaching of ancient Greek at classical colleges and universities. Graduate will find further work opportunities in various humanities departments of the Academy of the Sciences, in museums, libraries or in archives and in all professions requiring wider socio-cultural formation and dignified expression in word and writing.

  • Goals of Theses

    A standard scope of a Bachelor's thesis ranges from 72,000 to 90,000 characters including footnotes, cover sheet, content, index, list of literature, and annotations. Student chooses the subject of the thesis according to his/her own preferences, either from the set of subjects already available in the Information system or in discussion with the potential supervisor. The Bachelor's thesis demonstrates the ability of the student to orientate himself/herself in the basic scholarly literature written on the subject, both domestic and foreign, to evaluate critically the state of scholarship and to formulate and defend his/her own hypotheses.

  • Access to Further Studies

    Following the completion of the Bachelor's studies and subject to satisfying the admission requirements, graduates may continue their studies in the Master's degree programme of ancient Greek language and literature.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Abbreviation
B-KR_
Type
Bachelor's degree programme
Profile
academic
Degree
Bc.
Length of studies
3 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

10
estimated number of admitted
9
number of active students

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