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For enquiries on the Department of Ancient Languages undergraduate offering please contact Prof. Gerhard J. Swart, Humanities Building Level 22 Room 22, Telephone number: +27 12 420 2762; e-mail address: [email protected]

The subjects presented on undergraduate level by the Department of Ancient Languages are as follows:

Ancient Culture Studies (AKG)

  • AKG 110 Ancient culture studies 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: First year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 12

Module content:

An introduction to the ancient world l: the ancient Near East

Various facets of the ancient Mesopotamian, Syria-Palestinian and Egyptian cultures are dealt with in broad outline. Examples that are dealt with can include the following, namely geography, worldviews, history, literature, daily life, customs, values, religion and mythology. Examples of ancient cultures whose characteristics can be investigated range from the Sumerians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Canaanites, the Israelites and the Egyptians from their origin Before the Common Era to the beginning of the Common Era.

 

  • AKG 120 Ancient culture studies 120

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: Firsts year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 12

Module content:

An introduction to the ancient world II: the Greek and Roman worlds

Various facets of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures are dealt with in broad outline. Examples that are dealt with can include the following, namely geography, worldview, history, literature, daily life, customs, values, religion and mythology. These classical societies are investigated from their origin Before the Common Era into the Common Era.

 

  • AKG 210 Ancient culture studies 210

Prerequisite: AKG 110 or 120

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: Second year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 20

Module content:

Interpretation of written remains

A selection of ancient Near Eastern (namely Mesopotamian, Syria-Palestinian and Egyptian) and ancient Greek and Roman myths and typical mythological themes are studied against their proper cultural and historical background. Some of the different methods of interpretation for myths that will be dealt with include ancient and current approaches. This is done in order to indicate ancient myths’ influence on contemporary society.

 

  • AKG 220 Ancient culture studies 220

Prerequisite: AKG 210

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: Second year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 20

Module content:

Interpretation of material remains

The physical remains of the ancient Near East (namely Mesopotamia, Syria-Palestine and Egypt) and the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, namely artefacts and architecture, are examined within their socio-historical context to interpret the physical representations of their worldviews. Contemporary society’s interaction with material remains of the ancient world will also be examined.

 

  • AKG 310 Ancient culture studies 310

Prerequisite: AKG 220

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: Third year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Social aspects of the ancient Near Eastern and the ancient Greek and Roman worlds

A selection of ancient Near Eastern (namely Mesopotamian, Syria-Palestinian and Egyptian) and ancient Greek and Roman sources are studied within their socio-historical context to illustrate and interpret these culture’s social practises and how they influenced contemporary institutions and social structures.

 

  • AKG 320 Ancient culture studies 320

Prerequisite: AKG 310

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester 2

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Verbal and visual expression in the ancient world: looking for answers

This module entails an overview of the research process in ancient culture studies, especially the identification of a research problem, formulating a research question, proposing a suitable hypothesis and applying suitable research strategies through the discussion of relevant themes on the ancient world. Students are then guided towards independent research on themes of their choice relating to departmental research interests by applying the knowledge and skills gained throughout the entire course of ancient culture studies.

 
 Greek (GRK)

  • GRK 110 Greek 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: First year, First semester

Language of tuition: Double medium

Credits: 12

Module content:

Greek grammar (1)

The basic characteristics of Hellenistic Greek: the writing system and pronunciation, the Greek verb and noun systems, conjugation and declension, basic syntax and vocabulary. Passages from the Greek New Testament are adapted as exercises in order to facilitate linguistic proficiency. Continuous evaluation includes class tests and homework assignments.

Greek grammar (2)

Further study of the verb and noun systems of Hellenistic Greek, expansion of the basic vocabulary, and analysis of compound sentences. Adapted passages from the New Testament form the core of practical academic literacy exercises.

 

  • GRK 120 Greek 120

Prerequisite: GRK 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: First year, Second semester

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 12

Module content:

Greek grammar (3)

Further study of the verb and noun systems of Hellenistic Greek: middle and passive forms, the third declension, and analysis of compound sentences. Adapted passages from the New Testament form the core of practical academic literacy exercises.

Greek texts: Read and comprehend

Read selected texts from the NT and/or Apostolic Fathers, with emphasis on word analysis, basic translation, use of basic aids (dictionary, translations). Evaluation includes translation of unseen passages from the corpuses concerned.

 

  • GRK 210 Greek 210

Prerequisite: GRK 110, 120

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, First semester

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 16

Module content:

Greek texts – syntax

Basic syntactical theory and application to selected Greek texts

Greek prose – text analysis

Basic theory of comprehensive text analysis and application of selected NT prose texts.

 

  • GRK 220 Greek 220

Prerequisite: GRK 210

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, Second semester 

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 16

Module content:

Greek poetry – text analysis

Basic theory of poetic text analysis and application of selected NT and related poetry texts.

Greek texts – holistic analysis

Students are guided towards reading and analysing independently chosen Greek texts by application of all knowledge and skills acquired in GRK modules on year level 1 as well as in GRK 210 and 220.

 

  • BYT 251 Biblical languages 251

Prerequisite: *Together with GRK 210 and 220 and/or HEB 210 and 220 provide access to BYT at year level 3.

Contact time: 1 lecture per week

Period of presentation: One year

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 8

Module content:

Ancient world in context

A broad historical overview of ancient Mediterranean societies and a study of Greek and Hebrew expressions in the context of ancient Mediterranean views of man, society and the world.

 

  • BYT 310 Biblical languages 310

Prerequisite: BYT 251, GRK 210, 220/HEB 210, 220

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester 

Language of tuition:

English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Part 1: Texts in context

OT texts are read in their Ancient Near Eastern context with special reference to intra-, inter- and extratextual relations. NT and/or Patristic texts are read in their Jewish and Hellenistic context with special reference to intra-, inter- and extra-textual relations.

Part 2: Between the Testaments

Reading and interpreting of Hebrew and Greek inter-testamental literature, including Qumran literature, Ben Sira and Greek apocryphal books like Judit or Tobit.

 

  • BYT 320 Biblical languages 320

Prerequisite: BYT 310

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Part 1: Critical textual competence

Students are exposed to diverging translations and interpretations of selected OT and NT texts. Through their own knowledge of and competence in intra-, inter- and extratextual analysis they are guided towards critical assessment of diverging points of view and independent decision making in the reading, analysis and understanding of ancient literary texts.

Part 2: Integration of analytical skills

Students are guided towards independent reading and analysis of chosen Greek and Hebrew texts by integrated application of all knowledge and skills acquired in GRK and HEB modules at year levels 1 and 2, as well as in BYT 251, 310 and 320.

 
 Hebrew (HEB)

  • HEB 110 Hebrew 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: First year, First semester  

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 12

Module content:

Hebrew grammar (1)

Basic principles of the grammar of classical Hebrew: signs of writing and pronunciation, Hebrew morphology, the nominal and verbal system, basic syntax and vocabulary. Exercise basic competence by means of the analysis and translation of selected passages from the Hebrew Old Testament.

Hebrew grammar (2)

More advanced principles of the grammar of classical Hebrew: the function of nouns, verbs and particles, the derived formations of the verb. Passages from the Hebrew Old Testament from the basis for exercising academic literacy.

 

  • HEB 120 Hebrew 120

Prerequisite: HEB 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: First year, Second semester

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 12

Module content:

Hebrew grammar (3)

Continued study of the Hebrew verbal system: the irregular and weak verbs. Passages from the Hebrew Old Testament from the basis for students’ exercise in academic literacy.

Hebrew texts: Read and comprehend

Read selected texts from the OT, with emphasis on word analysis, basic translation, use of basic aids (dictionary, translations). Evaluation includes translation of unseen passages.

 

  • HEB 210 Hebrew 210

Prerequisite: HEB 110, 120

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, First semester

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 16

Module content:

Hebrew texts – syntax

Basic syntactical theory and application to selected Hebrew texts.

Hebrew prose – text analysis

Basic theory of comprehensive text analysis and application to selected OT prose texts.

 

  • HEB 220 Hebrew 220

Prerequisite: HEB 210

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, Second semester

Language of tuition: Both Afr and Eng

Credits: 16

Module content:

Hebrew poetry – text analysis

Basic theory of poetic text analysis and application to selected OT poetic texts. Hebrew texts – holistic analysis

Students are guided towards reading and analysing independently chosen Hebrew texts by application of all knowledge and skills acquired in HEB modules on year level 1 as well as in HEB 210 and 220.

 

  • BYT 251 Biblical languages 251

Prerequisite: *Together with GRK 210 and 220 and/or HEB 210 and 220 provide access to BYT at year level 3.

Contact time: 1 lecture per week

Period of presentation: One year

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 8

Module content:

Ancient world in context

A broad historical overview of ancient Mediterranean societies and a study of Greek and Hebrew expressions in the context of ancient Mediterranean views of man, society and the world.

 

  • BYT 310 Biblical languages 310

Prerequisite: BYT 251, GRK 210, 220/HEB 210, 220

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester 

Language of tuition:

English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Part 1: Texts in context

OT texts are read in their Ancient Near Eastern context with special reference to intra-, inter- and extratextual relations. NT and/or Patristic texts are read in their Jewish and Hellenistic context with special reference to intra-, inter- and extra-textual relations.

Part 2: Between the Testaments

Reading and interpreting of Hebrew and Greek inter-testamental literature, including Qumran literature, Ben Sira and Greek apocryphal books like Judit or Tobit.

 

  • BYT 320 Biblical languages 320

Prerequisite: BYT 310

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Part 1: Critical textual competence

Students are exposed to diverging translations and interpretations of selected OT and NT texts. Through their own knowledge of and competence in intra-, inter- and extratextual analysis they are guided towards critical assessment of diverging points of view and independent decision making in the reading, analysis and understanding of ancient literary texts.

Part 2: Integration of analytical skills

Students are guided towards independent reading and analysis of chosen Greek and Hebrew texts by integrated application of all knowledge and skills acquired in GRK and HEB modules at year levels 1 and 2, as well as in BYT 251, 310 and 320.

 

 Latin (LAT)

  • LAT 110 Latin 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: First year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 12

Module content:

*Not for students who passed Latin in Gr 12

Latin grammar and reading (1) and (2)

Basic characteristics and use of classical Latin: the verb and noun in Latin (conjugation and declension), basic syntax, as well as vocabulary; exercises in grammar and reading; relevant social, political and historical background.

Continued study of accidence and syntax; further basic vocabulary. More adapted Latin passages to facilitate academic literacy.

 

  • LAT 120 Latin 120

Prerequisite: LAT 110

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 2 discussions per week

Period of presentation: Second year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 12

Module content:

*Not for students who passed Latin in Gr 12

Latin grammar and reading (3) and (4)

Continued study of accidence and syntax: further basic vocabulary. More adapted Latin passages to facilitate academic literacy.

The student’s knowledge and understanding of Latin accidence, syntax and vocabulary is extended further. The emphasis is now more on reading passages and analysing them grammatically and syntactically.

 

  • LAT 210 Latin 210

Prerequisite: LAT 110, 120 or a pass mark in Latin in Gr 12

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 20

Module content:

Latin literature, grammar and history (1) and (2)

Selected passages from Latin literature, including legal and patristic texts; Latin grammar.

An introduction to Roman history

Selected passages of prose and poetry. Latin grammar. Roman history and constitution.

 

  • LAT 220 Latin 220

Prerequisite: LAT 210

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Second year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 20

Module content:

Latin literature, grammar and history (3) and (4)

Selected passages of prose and poetry. Latin grammar. Roman history and constitution. History of Latin literature.

 

  • LAT 310 Latin 310

Academic organisation: Ancient Languages

Prerequisite: LAT 210, 220

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Third year, First semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Latin literature, Roman history and mythology/religion

Selected passages of prose and poetry; legal and patristic texts may also be included. Latin grammar. Roman history. Greco-Roman mythology and religion.

 

  • LAT 320 Latin 320

Prerequisite: LAT 310

Contact time: 2 lectures per week, 1 discussion per week

Period of presentation: Third year, Second semester

Language of tuition: English

Credits: 30

Module content:

Latin literature and antiquities

Selected passages of prose and poetry; legal and patristic texts may also be included. Roman history. Selected topics from Roman antiquities and daily life.

 

 Medical Terminology (MTL)

  • MTL 180 Medical terminology 180

Contact time: 2 lectures per week

Period of presentation: First year, First semester

Language of tuition: Double medium

Credits: 12

Module content:

The acquisition of a basic medical-orientated vocabulary compiled from Latin and Greek stem forms combined with prefixes and suffixes derived from those languages. The manner in which the meanings of medical terms can be determined by analysing the terms into their recognisable meaningful constituent parts, is taught and exercised. The functional use of medical terms in context as practical outcome of terminological application is continually attended to.

 

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