Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID60005045

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 242
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course114

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is the familiarization with the Ancient Greek language of the Saint Scriptures and of the patristic and ecclesial texts. The course focuses on ensuring the unbroken historical continuity of the Greek language and on understanding of the major grammatical and syntactic cases of the Ancient Greek occurred in the ancient Greek texts of the Biblical and Christian literature.
By the successful completion of the course, the students should be able:
  • to understand the historical development of the Greek language and the reasons that shaped the language of the biblical and ecclesial texts
  • to discern the difference between the Greek language of the biblical texts and the Greek of the patristic and ecclesial texts
  • to recognize the grammatical and syntactic phenomenons of the ancient, biblical and patristic-ecclesial language
  • to work out an ancient Greek text, as well as a patristic and ecclesial one, so as to understand it and translate it.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Τhe history of the Greek language is presented briefly, focusing to the Koine Hellenistic and to the language of the Fathers and the of the ecclesial texts, and exposing the reasons that shaped their linguistic form. Anthologized texts of the periods under consideration are studied, the basic grammatical and syntactical features of the Ancient Greek language are illustrated and consolidated by exercises, whereas the vocabulary of the texts is commented semantically. The differences of the language between the biblical and the ecclesial texts are highlighted and the proper linguistic approach is taught.
  1. Language and scripture. Origin of the Greek language and scripture. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  2. a)The classic Ancient Greek language and its grammatical building. Selected examples. b) Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  3. The Hellenistic Koine language of the Hellenistic and of the imperial ages. Morphological and syntactical features. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  4. a)Examples of the Hellenistic Koine from pagan texts of the Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman age. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  5. a)The Hellenistic Koine of the New Testament. Selected examples. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  6. a) The phenomenon of the Atticism and its consequences for the Greek language. Selected examples from pagan texts. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  7. a)The language of the Translation of the Septuagint. Selected examples. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Evangelia Dafni)
  8. a)The language of the patristic and ecclesial texts I. Selected examples from the early Byzantine age. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Symeon Paschalidis)
  9. a)The language of the patristic and ecclesial texts II. Selected examples from the middle Byzantine age. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Soultana Lamprou)
  10. a)The language of the patristic and ecclesial texts III. Selected examples from the post Byzantine and modern Greek age. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Anna Karamanidou)
  11. a)The language of the hagiographic and hymnographic texts of the Byzantine literature. Selected examples. b)Practice in the Grammar and Syntax. (Symeon Paschalidis)
  12. a)Collation and comparison between the language of the biblical texts and the language of the ecclesial texts. b)Practice in recognizing the differentiation. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
  13. The new Koine of the Modern Greek language. Its shaping and importance for the studying of the Hellenistic Koine of the New Testament. (Kyriakoula Papademetriou)
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle e-Education platform.
Educational use of the e-mail.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
A two-hour written examination in translation and commentary of a taught unit of text. The classroom participation (5%), the participation in the exercises (15%) and the attendance of scientific conferences (10%) are assessed in addition.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Επιλογή Συγγραμμάτων
  • Βιβλίο [13107]: Ελληνικά. Η ιστορία της γλώσσας και των ομιλητών της, Geoffrey Horrocks
Additional bibliography for study
  1. Browning, Robert. 1983. Medieval and Modern Greek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Christidis, A.-F. ed., History of Ancient Greek: from the Beginnings to Late Antiquity, 2007.
  3. Adrados, F. R. Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας (από τις απαρχές έως τις μέρες μας). 2003.
  4. Ανδριώτη, Ν. Π. Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας (τέσσερις μελέτες). [1995] 2003. ΙΛΝΕ.
  5. Hoffmann, O. Debrunner, A. & Scherer, A. Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας. 1983.
  6. Καψωμένου, Σ. Γ. Από την ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας (η ελληνική γλώσσα από τα ελληνιστικά ως τα νεότερα χρόνια. Η ελληνική γλώσσα στην Αίγυπτο). [1985] 2003.
  7. Κοπιδάκη, Μ., επιμ. Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας. 1999. ΕΛΙΑ.
  8. Μπαμπινιώτη, Γ. Συνοπτική ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας (με εισαγωγή στην ιστορικοσυγκριτική γλωσσολογία). [1980] 2002.
  9. Tonnet, H. Ιστορία της νέας ελληνικής γλώσσας. 1996.
  1. Liddell-Scott-Κωνσταντινίδου, Mέγα Λεξικόν τῆς ἑλληνικῆς γλώσσης, τόμ. 1-4, Ἀθῆναι.
  2. Μιχ. Οικονόμου, Γραμματική της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής, ΙΝΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 1971.
  3. Ἀχ. Τζαρτζάνου, Γραμματική Ἀρχαίας Ἑλληνικής Γλώσσης, ΟΕΔΒ, Ἀθῆναι.
  4. Ἀχ. Τζαρτζάνου, Συντακτικόν Ἀρχαίας Ἑλληνικής Γλώσσης, ΟΕΔΒ, Ἀθῆναι.
  5. Στ. Πατάκη-Ν. Τζιράκη, Λεξικό Ρημάτων Αρχαίας Ελληνικής, ομαλών και ανωμάλων, ΠΑΤΑΚΗΣ, Αθήνα 1973.
  6. A. Lesky, Ἱστορία τῆς Ἀρχαίας Ἑλληνικῆς Λογοτεχνίας (πρωτότ. Geschicthe der Griechischen Literatur, Bern-München 21963), μετφρ. Ἀγ. Τσοπανάκη, 4η ἔκδ., ΑΦΟΙ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΗ, Θεσσαλονίκη 1978.
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