Living Greek in Greece: Lucian's True History

JULY 31 - AUGUST 14, 2022


Thank you for expressing interest in Living Greek in Greece in 2022.  We hope that you will join us as part of a group of enthusiastic students of the Anient Greek language.

Please read these application guidelines thoroughly, then fill out the application linked at the bottom of this page.


Living Greek in Greece is a two-week immersive experience in Greek literature and language set in a beautiful garden in the Peloponnese. Under the guidance of expert instructors, program participants read a work of Greek literature and explore it using Attic Greek as an active, living language. 

Participants in the program are divided into sections based upon their experience with Greek. Seminars meet twice a day for one hour, five days a week. At the intermediate level, more of the text is read in Greek, discussion takes place in both English and Greek, and more advanced Greek grammar is reviewed. At the advanced level, participants read and discuss the entire text in Greek, and delve into the finer points of Greek grammar and syntax.

All levels feature Paideia’s interactive Living Greek pedagogy, which invites participants to treat Ancient Greek as an active, living language. Research into second language acquisition shows that speaking Greek as a living language helps students learn the language more quickly and effectively than they do from the traditional grammar-translation method alone. Speaking Greek also helps the learner gain an intuitive feel for Greek and build fluency in the language. Many Greek speakers also find that discussing Greek literature in Greek opens up new interpretive pathways by dispensing with the need for translation.

Another purpose of the Living Greek in Greece program is to contextualize the programs’ reading by visiting relevant ancient sites in Greece. Over the middle weekend, the program visits a site in Greece related to the chosen text or author.

In 2022, the Living Greece in Greece program will read Lucian’s True History along with selections from Homer’s Odyssey focused on the theme “adventure and travel” and visit the Ionian Islands of Zakynthos and Kephalonia, the purported site of Homeric Ithaka.


This program welcomes students of all levels of Ancient Greek, from beginners through highly experienced Hellenists. The upper levels aim to read the text and discuss it entirely in Attic Greek. Paideia alumni and Nexus members are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participants must be 18 years or older. Students under the age of 18 should consider Living Greek in Greece High School.

All applications for admission must be received by March 1, 2022.


Classes at Living Greek in Greece are held at the Hellenikon Idyllion, a hotel and Hellenic cultural center located in the charming seaside village of Selianitika on the north coast of the Peloponnese. Classes take place outdoors in a lush garden, just a few meters from the beach.


The tuition for Living Greek in Greece is $2500. This includes instruction, transportation, group meals, and housing during the weekend trip to Kephalonia and Zakynthos. It does not include housing in Selianitika.The Institute will also operate a free shuttle to and from Athens on arrival and departure day.

Participants should bring their own edition of the program’s main text.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Selianitika. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with several trusted housing providers in dorm, hotel, and apartment style accommodations. Approximate rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes will be provided upon acceptance.

Dorm accommodation at the Hellenikon Idyllion: $450
Hotel room shared with another participant: $750
Single Hotel Room: $1000
Apartment at the Hellenikon Idyllion (limited availability): $950

Airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in Greece can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget €20/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.


A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 1, 2022. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the participant a place in the program. The remaining $2000 is due by May 1, 2022.


Participants are encouraged to book their flights as soon as possible to take advantage of cheaper fares. Participants should plan to arrive in Athens by July 31st. 

The Institute will operate a free shuttle to and from Athens on arrival and departure day. Precise details will be provided after program acceptance.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to students with financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more.


If this program is canceled due to COVID-19, an online alternative will be offered for the price of the deposit.  If you feel more comfortable doing Living Greek from home in 2022, consider our online offerings through Telepaideia.


The application deadline for Living Greek in Greece is March 1. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space becomes available.

Application Form