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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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‘Greek lyric’ embraces a corpus of poetry composed to be sung to the lyre, but within that broad category the compositions range in period from Archaic (7th century BCE) to Classical (5th-4th century BCE), and, with Sappho’s verses, introduce us to a rare female voice. Lyric poetry focuses on the present day concerns of the community, be that love, marriage, conflict, politics and even the art of singing itself. In this course, we will read works from the major lyric poets, including Alcman, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, as well as some of the anonymous popular songs. The course will appeal to those with a confident grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Greek, and who want to explore these texts in the original language and dialects.



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading listed in your course materials before the course starts to enable you to fully participate and get the maximum enjoyment out of your course.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with us.

Accessibility for students with support requirements

We make every effort both to anticipate and to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of students with support requirements including those with unseen disabilities, including mental health conditions, and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

Please ensure you let us know about any support requirements when booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before your course starts, enabling a smooth transition to your studies.

If when booking you indicate that you require additional support, you will be sent a Student Additional Requirements Form (SARF) to complete. The form asks for further details about your requirements and support needs, and requests that you submit supporting evidence.

If you have any particular requirements or queries please contact the Disability Liaison team at 

Course dates

11 Nov 2022 to 13 Nov 2022

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

31 Oct 2022

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