Intensive Greek

*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.

Course Description: An intensive introduction to Ancient Greek. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to move on to intermediate-level reading courses, or to take conversational courses/workshops that require a grammatical foundation.


Level: Beginners.

Textbook: 1) Anne H. Groton, From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek (be sure to get the fourth edition, Focus, 2013). 2) Anne H. Groton and James M. May, 46 Stories in Classical Greek (Focus, 2014). Recommended: 1) Jon Buss and Jennifer Starkey, From Alpha to Omega: Ancillary Exercises (second edition, Focus, 2013). 2) James Morwood, The Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (OUP 2001).

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday,s Thursdays, 7pm U.S. Eastern Time


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Marcello Lippiello

Marcello Lippiello has been participating in the Telepaideia program since its inception nearly a decade ago. In his nearly 8 years as an instructor for Paideia, he has accumulated well over 1000 hours of in-class instruction, covering a range of topics, from introductory courses for both languages (using a variety of textbooks) to reading courses in Homer and the New Testament, to practice groups for advanced speakers of Latin.

He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Theology from Fordham University. He has long had an interest in conversational Latin, earning a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies from the University of Kentucky's Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis in 2005, along with master's degrees in classical languages and classical studies from Kentucky and from Duke University. He is also a two-time alumnus of Paideia's Living Greek in Greece Program(where he played Tiresias in the Bacchae), and has participated in a number of other conversational Greek and Latin workshops through the Polis Institute and through SALVI, including the most recent Synodos Hellenike in July of 2022. He has taught undergraduate college courses in all levels of Latin and Greek at several institutions, including Christendom College in Virginia and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He lives with his family in Danbury, Connecticut.