Telepaideia Courses Fall 2019

Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. The Fall 2019 semester runs for ten weeks: from the week of September 23rd to the week of December 2nd. Each class meeting lasts one hour. To enroll, please fill out the form linked at the bottom of the page and pay by credit card. Information about Google Meet technology and instructions on how to join the classes will be emailed in the week before the start of the class.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for Telepaideia courses. Students interested in taking the course for CEU credit should indicate this on their enrollment form and will be asked to submit a short (1/2-page) written reflection at the end of the course.

 

Intensive Latin and Greek

These intensive Latin and Greek courses are offered for complete beginners.  They cover all of Latin and Greek grammar in ten weeks, and prepare students to read texts at an intermediate level.  Telepaideia intensive courses use both traditional presentation of Latin and Greek grammar in English and spoken Latin and Ancient Greek teaching techniques.

Intensive Latin 

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to the Latin language.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
TextbookWheelock's Latin (be sure to purchase the 7th edition) and Thirty-Eight Latin Stories. Recommended:1) Wheelock Workbook, 2) Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8pm EST.
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Intensive Greek - Full 

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to ancient Greek.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Balme, Lawall, and Morewood's Athenaze Book 1 & Book 2 (3rd edition). Recommended: Athenaze Workbook 1 & Workbook 2.  
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9pm EST. 
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. 

Reading Courses

Texts in these classes are read in Latin or Greek and discussed in English. 

LATIN: SENECA'S LETTERS 

Course Description: This class reads Seneca's Epistulae Morales. We shall read the poem in order over a series of Telepaideia terms. Students may join the course at the beginning of any term without having participated in previous terms. We'll begin the Fall 2019 term with Letter 1. In session we read the Latin, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: The text may be found online here.
Schedule: Tuesdays 7-8pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

LATIN: SIGHT READING  

Course Description: In this course, students will get regular practice and training in reading at sight, with no preparation. We will practice sight reading as a discipline, exercise, and habit of mind, with the aim of producing a more immediate & intuitive understanding of the text. Readings will primarily cover literary works in prose and poetry in a variety of genres and from a variety of time periods. In session, we will read the Latin, render the meaning of the Latin in English, and discuss methods of understanding, with special focus on the music and architecture of Latin sentences.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Tuesdays 6-7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: The Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii

Course Description: The Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii (Pumpkinification of the Divine Claudius, or in a witty modern version, Claudius the Gourd) is an enigmatic text. Supposedly written by Seneca, it reveals a snarky sense of humor not seen in that aurhor’s other works. It was written at the moment of Nero’s accession, but its purpose remains obscure. Written in elegant Latin prose with verses interspersed, the Ap-col (as it’s affectionately known) captures the edgy humor of Roman political satire.   We will attempt to read this pamphlet-sized text in its entirety
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Students should use the Bryn Mawr edition by Paul Roth, available here
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: James Romm
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Greek: Aeschylean Song

Course Description: If you were listening to an opera and came to the opening notes of an aria, would you want to skip to the next track? Of course not —  and yet this is the reaction of many readers when faced with the difficult language and irregular meters of song in Greek tragedy.  This course will teach students to overcome that initial intimidation and learn to appreciate tragic song as what it really is: the beating heart that drives Greek drama.  We will take as our central example one of antiquity's grandest musical sequences: the choral entrance song (parodos) of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (lines 40-257).  In addition to translating and discussing the content of the lyrics, students will learn to identify and recite different meters, and to look for traces of the original choreography.  By considering how music and dance could underscore the meaning of lyrics in performance, we will come as close as possible to appreciating Aeschylean song as it was originally presented.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials
Schedule: Thursdays 7:30 pm EST 
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Anna Conser 
Section capped at: 5 students

 

GREEK: PLATO'S REPUBLIC

Course Description: This class is the continuation of the reading of the indicated masterpiece of Attic prose. It is an exercise in "slow reading": the aim is not to go as far as possible but to get as much as possible out of every line as regards both the nuances of grammar/syntax and the logic of the argument (in particular, the still not decisively refuted philosophical argument for immorality [sic], first found in this text). We'll resume at 334 b7, ed. Burnet; new students are expected to have read thus far at least in a translation. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $200 
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

GREEK: SIGHT READING  

Course Description: In this course, students will get regular practice and training in reading at sight, with no preparation. We will practice sight reading as a discipline, exercise, and habit of mind, with the aim of producing a more immediate & intuitive understanding of the text. Readings will primarily cover literary works in prose and poetry in a variety of genres and from a variety of time periods. In session, we will read the Greek, render the meaning of the Greek in English, and discuss methods of understanding, with special focus on the music and architecture of Greek sentences.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Wednesdays 6-7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students.  

 

GREEK: PLOTINUS 

Course Description: This class reads two of Plotinus' treatises via the commentary on Enneads I.6 and V.1 by Sarah Klitenic Wear aimed to make Plotinus' accessible to intermediate readers of Greek. We shall study the treatises over a series of Telepaideia terms. Students may join the course at the beginning of any term without having participated in previous terms. We'll begin the Fall 2019 term at I.6.6. In session we read the Greek, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Schedule: Wednesdays 7-8pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students.

GREEK: Galen on Mind and Body

Course DescriptionGalen, the best-known medical doctor of antiquity, was also a prolific writer. This course will focus on one of Galen’s most important medical treatises, The Soul’s Dependence on the Body. Besides being fraught with philosophical import, the text is also a great introduction to the theory and practice of medicine in Greek antiquity. Throughout the course, we shall read Galen’s work closely and reflect on the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of Galen’s medical thought. In the treatise, as we shall see, Galen outlines a strongly materialist view unique in ancient psychology, namely the idea that mental states entirely depend on bodily processes. How does the body influence the mind? What is the mind itself made of? How can an inquiry into the mind-body relationship inform the physician’s activity? These and related questions will also be an opportunity to address the history of medical practices in the ancient world more generally. This course will also introduce students to the use of digital tools for the semantic analysis of ancient scientific texts. This course is intended for readers of Ancient Greek at all levels.
Textbook: Galen, The Soul’s Dependence on the Body (Kühn 4.767-822). For a reliable translation, students can consult N. Singer, Galen. Psychological Writings, Cambridge: CUP, 2013.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6:30pm EST
InstructorMarco Romani
Tuition: $200 
Sections capped at: 5 students.
 

 

GREEK:  Homer's Odyssey 19: The Tell-tale Scar

Course Description: In this Greek reading group, we shall read, translate, and discuss the majority of book 19 and a portion of book 20 of the Odyssey (approximately 600 lines total), including most of the famous interview between Penelope and her disguised husband, the story of how Odysseus got the scar by which Eurykleia recognizes him, and Penelope's memorable dream of geese.  This course is a continuation of previous reading courses on the Odyssey, though new participants are always very welcome.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. Recommended: the second volume of WB Stanford's commentary on the OdysseyGeoffrey Steadman's edition of Odyssey 17-20, available as a free pdf.
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: 
Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Conversational Latin and Greek 

CONVERSATIONAL LATIN FOR BEGINNERS 

Course Description: This Latin conversation class is designed to allow participants to practice speaking Latin as an active language.  
Level: This course is intended for beginning Latin speakers who know the basics of Latin grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Section 1 (Sweet): Saturdays at 10am EST; Section 2 (Morehouse): Wednesdays at 5pm EST; Section 3 (Morehouse) Thursdays at 5pm EST
Instructor: Michael Sweet, Andrew Morehouse 
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Poggio Bracciolini and the Mirabilia Urbis Romae

Course Description: A reading course, conducted mostly in Latin, which explores fifteenth century papal humanist Poggio Bracciolini’s topographical and literary survey of the city of Rome in the first book of his De Varietate Fortunae. We will pay particular attention to the place of Poggio’s work within the tradition of the Mirabilia Urbis Romae, medieval texts which present the city of Rome and its legends. 
Level: This course is intended for those with a solid knowledge of Latin grammar and some experience speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Wednesdays at 9pm EST
Instructor: Tyler Patterson
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL LATIN

Course DescriptionCourse DescriptionThis Latin conversation class is designed to allow participants to practice speaking Latin as an active language. This will be done by means of guided conversation, reading selections, and interactive activities. It is expected that participants have at least an intermediate-level mastery of Latin grammar and some experience speaking Latin.
Level: This course is intended for intermediate Latin speakers.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Section 1 Wednesdays at 6pm EST (now full); Section 2 Thursdays at 6pm EST
Instructor: Andrew Morehouse
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL LATIN: The principate of Tiberius

Course DescriptionMore than four centuries had passed since the expulsion of the last Roman kings, when the monarchy finally returned under the disguise of the restoration of the republic. When Augustus died in 14 AD and his adopted stepson Tiberius was to succeed him, the principate was put to a test which had to show whether the new political system could outlive its creator. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from Tacitus' Annales, Suetonius' biography of Tiberius and Velleius Paterculus' Historiae in the original language. Tiberius' life and principate, the impact of monarchy on the Roman state and its institutions, the legal system, Roman culture and last but not least the life of people from different social groups under the early principate will be the key topics of this course.
Level: This course is intended for those with a solid knowledge of Latin grammar and experience speaking Latin in an immersion environment.  
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Thursdays at 2pm EST
Instructor: Zoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

CONVERSATIONAL GREEK FOR BEGINNERS  - FULL 

Course Description: This Greek conversation class is designed to allow participants to practice speaking ancient Greek as an active language.  
Level: This course is intended for beginning Greek speakers who know the basics of Greek grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Sundays at 2pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This section is now full. 

 

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL GREEK

Course Description: This Ancient Greek conversation class is designed to allow participants with an advanced working knowledge to practice speaking Greek as an active language. The discussions will include a number of subjects like the importance of myths and cultural memory in ancient societies based on the example of Roman mythology; but also different aspects of religion, history, politics and philosophy will be discussed. Thus, the students will practice the active use of the language and increase their vocabulary in these topics. 
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Sundays at 12pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL GREEK: Thucydides' Ἱστορίαι

Course DescriptionAfter the success of the Persian Wars, Athens' rise to power was spectacular. The once not so important polis became so powerful that the Spartans had reason to worry about their pre-emince in Greece. Their fears eventually led to the outbreak of a war which an Athenian general in exile, Thucydides, considered to be the greatest of all wars ever fought until then. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War.
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Thursdays at 12pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Courses for High School Teachers and Students 

CONVERSATIONAL AENEID BOOK 4 FOR TEACHERS - FULL 

Course Description: Join us to discuss Book 4 of the Aeneid in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 4 of this timeless text together. Feel free to use any copy of the text. 
Textbook: Students should have access to the syllabus text in Latin.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8pm EST
Tuition: $200
InstructorLaura Manning
Sections capped at: 5 students. This section is now full. 

 

 

MODERN LANGUAGE COURSES FOR CLASSICISTS

These language courses, taught by French, German, Italian, and Greek classicists, allow participants to read and discuss great works of French, German, Italian, and Modern Greek in the target language.

MODERN GREEK FOR CLASSICISTS

Course Description: A course designed for students who know Ancient Greek and would like to learn the modern Greek language.
Level: This course is intended for beginners with knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleTuesdays at 2pm EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

GERMAN FOR CLASSICISTS 

Course Description: This course is designed for those with an intermediate knowledge of the language. Texts are tailored to the interests of the students involved, and can include anything from poetry to classical scholarship.
Level: This course is designed for students with a background in Classical languages.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleSundays at 4pm EST
InstructorJochen Schultheiß
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students 

ITALIAN FOR CLASSICISTS

Course Description: Italian for Classicists is a language class for learners of Italian, which focuses on developing all language skills (reading, writing, understanding and speaking) for the purpose of engaging in written/oral communication on topics related to the field of Classics. Students will read modern or classical pages of scholarship in Italian and perfection their understanding and use of the academic language. The reading sections and grammar are tailored around the students and their interests.
Level: This course is designed for students with a background in Classical languages. Basic understanding of spoken Italian and intermediate understanding of written passages is necessary.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 9pm EST
InstructorMaria Luisa De Seta
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

COMPOSITION COURSES

LATIN PROSE COMPOSITION

Course Description: In this course, students with a thorough grounding in Latin grammar will learn to compose their own original work.
Level: This course is intended for intermediate to advanced students.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: TBD
Tuition: $200
InstructorRoberto Salazar
Sections capped at: 5 students.

 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

INTRODUCTORY SANSKRIT

Course Description: This three-term course offers a complete introduction to Sanskrit. It requires about four to five hours of work per week in addition to one class hour.
Level: This course is intended for complete beginners.
Textbook: The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit.
Schedule: Mondays at 1pm EST
InstructorAntonia Ruppel
Tuition: $200
Capped at: 5 students. 

 

Papyrology

Course Description: This course is an introduction to Papyrology. Ancient texts on papyrus have survived in astonishing quantities mostly from ancient Egypt. The study of papyri ranging in date from the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great (332 BC) to the Arab occupation (middle of the VII century AD) offers an extraordinary glimpse into many aspects of daily life, history and literary culture of Greco-Roman and Byzantine Egypt that are otherwise unknown. Papyrology is an essential discipline for students and scholars of the Ancient World – classicists, historians, specialists in ancient literature, linguistic, material culture etc. This course aims to introduce participants to the study of papyri especially in Greek, documentary as well as literary. The students will acquire the main lines of the history of the discipline; they will learn how to read papyri, the methods and tools to understand their meaning, as well as the contribution of papyrology to other disciplines. Through a selection of relevant exemplars, they will be provided with the skills to contextualize and analyze papyri as both texts and artifacts, and will appreciate the role of papyri as privileged sources for the history of Egypt from the age of the Ptolemies to late antiquity.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. Recommended: 1) P. Parsons, The City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish. 2) The Lives of the Greek in Roman Egypt, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007. 3) E.G. Turner, Greek Papyri. An Introduction, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1968 (or more recent editions).
Schedule: Thursdays at 12pm EST
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Enroll

To register for a Telepaideia course, please fill out this enrollment form and pay by credit card. There are no refunds for Telepaideia courses, but tuition credit can be applied to a future semester. If you have any questions, please email info@paideia-institute.org. Enrollment has now closed.