July 20th - 31st (Mon. - Fri.)
You have been invited to participate in Living Greek Online, an intensive online 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 as we get to know you virtually.
NEW COURSE THEME AND TEXTS
Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have decided to change the course theme this year to Plague and Disease. In the course, we will read selections of Greek literature about plagues, illness, and Greek civilizations’ attempts to cure and respond to disease and discuss them in English and Ancient Greek.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR ONLINE EXPERIENCE
The course will run from July 20th - 31st, Monday - Friday. While we cannot be in Greece this summer, we are working hard to bring to you some of the best elements of the course:
- Daily, you will meet in a small group with a Paideia faculty member for intensive reading and discussion of the set text. You will also devote some time outside of class to read and prepare your texts.
- Three times per week you will have the opportunity to converse in Ancient Greek with people in your group or other groups in our virtual sub arboribus sessions.
- Once a week, a faculty member will lead a virtual site visit, which will examine a archaeological site or location that is relevant to the readings and the theme.
- In addition to the scheduled classes, the program will offer optional online guest and faculty lectures in Greek or English on topics related to the course theme. These lectures will be viewed as webinars and followed by online discussion in English.
Small groups will be formed based on level of Greek preparation, time zone, and availability during the time of the program. Please be sure to indicate this information using the button below so that we can place you appropriately.
This program welcomes students of all levels of Greek, from beginners through highly experienced Greek speakers. The program’s lower levels welcome beginning Greek students and include both reading of the text and grammatical review. The upper levels aim to read entire texts and discuss them in Greek. Paideia alumni and Nexus Members programs are particularly encouraged to apply.
BOOKS AND RESOURCES
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. We ask that all participants have access to a good grammar and dictionary, and the below edition of the text.
- Herbert Weir Smyth’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 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.
You will get more out of Living Greek Online 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.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 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.
PAYMENT AND FORMS
Please click the button below to confirm your personal information and enroll in the program by June 1st.
The $500 balance is due by June 1st. If you have already enrolled in the original course, your deposit covers your fee.
ONLINE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR ACH TRANSFER
Please pay the balance below by the deadlines indicated above. Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.