Greek Language and Culture
Field of Study: philology, majoring in translation and interpreting
Greek and Latin are called the Classical languages of European culture and education. Through them, ancient cultural heritage has been preserved for centuries as one of the cornerstones of European civilisation.
CONTENT AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STUDY
Greek Language and Culture study programme opens the door to the works of such famous authors as Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus and Sophocles, to Christian works written in Greek, such as the New Testament, and to Byzantine Greek culture, which gave rise to important personalities such as Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
At the Bachelor’s degree level, the study focuses on language training in ancient Greek, reading, interpreting and translating original, Classical Greek texts; on training in selected disciplines, such as ancient Greek and Roman literature, the political and cultural history of ancient antiquity, ancient mythology, the topography of the ancient world, as well as the basics of the Modern Greek language. An essential part of the introduction to the world of ancient culture and its heritage is the acquisition of the basics of the second Classical language, Latin. Specialised courses in literary study and linguistics are also included.
BASIC PREREQUISITES AND STUDY REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge of Greek is not required. A good foundation for the study of Greek language and culture is knowledge of one’s own mother tongue, Slovak, and its grammatical structure, a good knowledge of any foreign language(s), and a basic orientation in history.
PROFILE AND EMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATES
Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree study programme in the Greek Language and Culture will acquire basic language and translation skills. Students masters Greek in a normative form and acquire translation skills, preferably on the basis of literary texts. A Master’s degree is offered to acquire a higher level of philological skills that will enable the student to become a translator of works of classical Greek. At the same time, the graduate masters the rules of both the language studied and the mother tongue in grammatical, lexical and stylistic terms, as well as the basic methods and procedures of text analysis and lexicographical practice. He/she has a general knowledge of ancient history, ancient literature and culture and their traditions, the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, ancient philosophy, Byzantine culture, and has a general cultural outlook.
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be admitted to the Greek Language and Culture (in combination) study programme on the basis of a general aptitude test of the National Comparative Exam provided by www.scio.cz, s. r. o.