You have been accepted to participate in Living Greek in Greece, an intensive summer Greek program organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. We are very much looking forward to working with you to help you develop your knowledge of Attic Greek and spending some time getting to know you in the Garden of the Muses in Selianitika this summer.
Books and Resources
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. We ask that all participants bring a good grammar and dictionary, and procure access to the below edition of the text. Note that wifi is extremely limited in Selianitika and it is best to download or make sure that all book resources are available offline.
- Herbert Weir Smythe’s Greek Grammar –The standard Greek grammar used in American universities today. It is thorough and exhaustive, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. A downloadable PDF is also available here.
- James Morwood’s Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek – Slender, paperback, and very accessible. Admittedly missing some topics, but a extremely useful for quick reference and review of most topics.
- Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon – There are three versions of this standard Greek dictionary, the “little Liddell,” the “middle Liddell,” (a.k.a the “big Liddell” or the “Great Scott.”) The bigger the Liddell, the more examples of usage of a given word by the Greek authors provided. Most of this information is now available for free via Logeion, which also exists as an app.
- James Morwood’s Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary – Valuable for its English – Greek section.
- S.C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary – The largest, most extensive English-Greek Dictionary. Available for free online through University of Chicago here. A downloadable PDF is also available here.
The suggested versions of this year's texts will be available in early April.
You will get more out of Living Greek in Greece if you arrive with a good foundation in Greek grammar and a broad active vocabulary. Below are some great resources for gaining the skills you need to enjoy the literature we will be reading.
- Participants who feel a need to review their grammar and forms should review the aforementioned Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek by James Morwood before the program starts. This is a concise and straightforward review of Greek grammar.
- A broad vocabulary is essential for enjoying Greek literature. The Core Greek Vocabulary List available through Dickinson College is an excellent resource for learning the words that most frequently occur in Greek literature. Challenge yourself to know as many of these words as possible English --> Greek before the program starts. If you like flash cards, they are available as a Quizlet set here.
The atmosphere at the Hellenikon Idyllion is relaxed and informal and Greece is hot in August. Cool summer clothing is essential. Laundry facilities are available. The Idyllion is located on a calm, rocky beach, and we will be traveling to the mountain town of Kalavrita. Bring a bathing suit and a beach towel, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, and sunglasses. Linens are provided, but please bring your own bath towel. Also be sure to bring a backpack or daypack, as there will be an overnight trip.
Staying in Touch
Cell Phones: Since participants are together for the duration of the course, purchasing a Greek cell phone is usually unnecessary. Cell service, even with a Greek SIM card, can be unreliable in Selianitika. If you would like to purchase a Greek cell phone or SIM card, Paideia Institute staff can help you do so upon arrival.
Internet: The main building at the Hellenikon Idyllion has a Wi-Fi connection, but it can be unstable. Participants may also access wireless internet at several cafés along the beach. Generally, Wi-Fi in Selianitika is unreliable and not fast.
If you're interested in reaching out to course participants before or during the program, please join our Facebook group.
Health, Well Being, and Insurance
Medical care in Greece is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute has a physician on call 24 hours a day for the duration of the course. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Greece.
A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard. For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in Selianitika, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with your instructors so that in the event of a medical issue they can most quickly and efficaciously arrange your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Housing and Food
The Hellenikon Idyllion is a hotel and cultural center located in a verdant garden about 5 meters from the beach. Participants are housed in small bungalows and apartments scattered throughout the garden. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens or kitchen access; apartments are shared between 3-6 participants, matched by age and gender. These bungalows are air-conditioned, but it is not always reliable. The accommodations are rustic: there is very limited access to wifi, cell phone service, and air conditioning. Accommodations and classes are situated in a garden setting which can be hot and includes ants and mosquitos.
In Athens and on overnight trips, participants will be housed in shared double or triple hotel rooms.
If you have any specific housing needs, we will do our best to take care of you. Please write to [email protected] with any requests.
A welcome and farewell dinner are included in the price of tuition. Otherwise, participants are expected to shop and cook for themselves. Groceries are available for purchase in town and all participants have access to a shared kitchen.
Arrival and Departure
Participants should arrive at Elefthérios Venizélos Athens International Airport on August 1st.
The program will return to Athens on Saturday, August 15th and spend the night in a hotel. Participants should plan to depart from Athens on August 16th.
Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are also available for this program at no cost. If you are interested in earning CEU credit, please let us know and we will provide you with more information.
Visa Requirements, Cancellation Policy, and Travel Insurance
U.S. Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to participate in this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa. To determine your visa requirements, please refer to the nearest Greek Consulate's website.
Once paid, the $500 deposit is non-refundable. If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.
The student travel protection plan offered by Travel Guard also offers cancellation insurance for covered reasons. Purchase it here.
Syllabus and Curriculum
This year’s curriculum of Living Greek in Greece will consist of two 60 minute seminar-style reading and discussion sessions daily. These sessions are divided by experience level and conducted in Attic Greek.
In addition, weekly lectures in English on various aspects of Greek culture, optional reading groups, and other activities will be offered.
The course will also include an out-of-town trip to the Acheron on the weekend of August 8th and 9th.
More precise information on curriculum and schedule will be communicated to participants at the start of the program.
Payment and Forms
Please enroll in Living Greek in Greece by clicking the button below. Please fill out the enrollment form by April 1st.
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by April 1st.
As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send us your arrival information using the button below.
Deposit ($500): April 1st
Remaining Balance ($2250): May 1st
Payment by Check
Please send a check payable to the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. to the following address:LGiG Deposit
The Paideia Institute
Please make sure that the checks are postmarked and forms are signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit on time may result in your spot being given to somebody on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. While this initial deposit is non-refundable, please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Online Payment by Credit Card or ACH Transfer
Please pay the deposit and balance below by the deadlines indicated above. Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.