We are glad that you have decided 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 Greek as we get to know you virtually.


This online program will be dedicated to Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. Through his notes to himself, Marcus works to shape his discourse according to Stoicism, presenting and representing vividly to himself the philosophy’s concepts.



The course will run from July 19th - 30th, Monday - Friday for a total of ten sessions. Here is an overview of the program schedule::

  • Daily, you will meet in a small group for two hours 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.
  • In addition to the scheduled classes, the program will offer at least one optional online guest lecture in English on topics related to the course theme. This lecture will be streamed as a live webinar and followed by online discussion in English. It will be recorded and made available to program participants who cannot attend the livestream.

Small groups will be formed based on participants’ experience with Greek, 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 in the appropriate section.


This program welcomes students of all levels of Greek, from beginners through highly experienced Hellenists. 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 and discuss entire texts in Greek. Paideia alumni and Nexus Members programs are particularly encouraged to apply.


Texts, Translations, and Commentaries of The Meditations

The Greek text of The Meditations is available online from the Perseus Project here.  An English translation is available from the Internet Classics Archive here.  There are many translations, commentaries and scholarly studies of The Meditations available for purchase. The definitive scholarly edition is The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus by A. S. L. Farquharson (1944).  Volume 1 of the two volume set is available online here.

Your instructor may provide additional materials and commentaries for your group.

Reference Grammars

In the advanced levels, instructors will refer to Herbert Weir Smyth’s Greek Grammar. It is available as a downloadable PDF here.

Beginner levels will refer to James Morwood’s Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek.

Suggested Dictionaries

All instructors will refer to entries from Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, easily accessed online through the website Logeion, which also exists as an app

For help with active Greek, S.C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary will prove helpful. It is available as a series of PDFs here and via a handy online app 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.




Please click the button below to confirm your personal information and enroll in the program by June 1st, 2021.

Enroll in Living Greek Online


The $500 balance is due by June 1st


The $500 tuition is due by June 1st. Please make your payment by ACH transfer or credit card below. 

Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.