Telepaideia Courses Spring 2020

Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. The Spring 2020 semester runs for ten weeks: from the week of February 23rd to the week of May 4th (this includes a one week spring break). 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 - FULL

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 9pm EST.
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

 

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 7pm EST. 
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Reading Courses

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

LATIN: SENECA'S LETTERS - FULL

Course Description: This class reads Seneca's Epistulae Morales. We shall read the text 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 Spring 2019 term with Letter 5. 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 6pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. This section is now full.

 

LATIN: SIGHT READING  

Course Description: In this reading group, 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 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 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: TERENCE'S ANDRIA

Course DescriptionIn this course students will read/translate the complete text of Terence's Andria, a comedy written in the 2nd century BCE, as well as explore selections from Terence's others works and from Terence's literary predecessors.

Level: This course is intended for students who already have a thorough understanding of Latin grammar but assumes no experience with this era/genre of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Michael Sweet
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: INTERMEDIATE READINGS IN LATIN - FULL

Course DescriptionIn this reading course we will practice reading and translating a variety of texts taken from the Classical, Late Antique, and Medieval periods.  The course would be an ideal next step for those who have recently completed Wheelock's Latin, or a similar textbook.  

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Wheelock's Latin Reader: Second Edition
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

 

GREEK: PLATO'S REPUBLIC

Course DescriptionThis class is an exercise in "slow reading": its 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-refuted argument for immorality [sic], first found in this text). We'll resume at 340 c2, ed. Burnet (“καί μοι εἰπέ,..”); 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 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 6pm 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 Spring 2020 term at the beginning of V.1. 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 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students.

 

GREEK:  HOMER'S ODYSSEY: The Contest of the Bow - FULL

Course Description: In this Greek reading group, we shall read, translate, and discuss much of book 20 and book 21 of the Odyssey (about 550 lines total), covering the leadup to and the beginning of the fateful Contest of the Bow at Odysseus' palace on Ithaka. 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 8pm EST
Instructor: 
Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

GREEK:  Herodotus: Book 1

Course Description: We will read sections of Herodotus Book 1 dealing with Croesus, king of Lydia, a figure who deeply interested the late archaic Greek world.  Herodotus's portrait of Croesus is complex and layered, overlapping in many ways with the techniques of Greek tragedy.  We'll discuss the composition of this portrait while spending most of our time on grammar and style.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: James Romm
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: Wednesdays at 7pm EST; Section 2: Thursdays at 7pm EST; Section 3: Thursdays at 5pm EST 
Instructor: Michael Sweet (section 1 and 2), Andrew Morehouse (section 3)
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL LATIN: Rome in the Middle Ages and Renaissance - FULL

Course Description: This course, conducted mostly in Latin, examines Latin texts from c. 1100–1450 which explore the city of Rome, its history, its myths, and its legends. Readings will be drawn from the Mirabilia Urbis Romae, Petrarch, Poggio Bracciolini, and others, with an emphasis on texts that are accessible, comprehensible, and compelling.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Tyler Patterson
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL LATIN

Course 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: Saturdays 10am EST (section 1), Thursdays at 6pm EST (section 2)
Instructor: Michael Sweet (section 1); Andrew Morehouse (section 2) - Section 2 is Full
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Advanced Conversational Latin: Quintilian's Institutio oratoria

Course Description: Quintilian's work was greatly valued by prominent intellectuals in antiquity. In the Middle Ages, however, only fragmented manuscripts were available, and it was only in the Renaissance that a complete text was discovered by Poggio Bracciolini. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from the Institutio oratoria in the original language.
LevelThis course is intended for advanced Latin speakers.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Fridays at 2pm EST
Instructor: Zoltán Tomkó
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

CONVERSATIONAL GREEK FOR BEGINNERS 

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.

CONVERSATIONAL GREEK FOR BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE: Aesop's Fables - NEW SECTION ADDED WEDNESDAYS

Course Description: This class will help those new or relatively new to speaking Ancient Greek acquire more fluency in speaking and reading comprehension.  Participants will discuss various weird and funny Aesop fables with a view to paraphrasing with synonyms and equivalent constructions, as well as using the vocabulary and idioms of each fable as a springboard for personalized conversations about their lives.  The class aims to be a joyous and low stress experience that builds confidence and will be tailored a great deal to the needs and desires of the particular participants.
Level: This course is intended for beginning and intermediate Greek speakers who know the basics of Greek grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide texts but C.T. Hadavas' Aesop's Fables (a selection) is recommended, especially for beginners.
Schedule: Thursdays at 8pm EST (Section 1), Wednesdays at 7pm EST (section 2)
InstructorDavid Ring
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 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: Xenophon's Ἐλληνικά 

Course Description: The Athenian Xenophon is one of the most interesting personalities of the so-called Classical period. He was a student of Socrates, eyewitness to the Peloponnesian War, and participant in the campaign of Cyrus the Younger against his brother, the Persian king Artaxerxes. The Ἑλληνικά is one of his major historical works which tells the end of the Peloponnesian War and describes the continuing conflicts in Greece which eventually led to Sparta's decline and facilitated Macedonia's rise to power. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from Xenophon's Ἑλληνικά in the original language.

Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Fridays at 12pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Courses for High School Teachers and Students 

CONVERSATIONAL AENEID BOOK 1 FOR TEACHERS 

Course Description: <span ">Join us to discuss Book 1 of the Aeneid in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 1 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: Tuesdays at 8pm EST
Tuition: $200
InstructorLaura Manning
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

CONVERSATIONAL AENEID BOOK 5 FOR TEACHERS - Course Full

Course Description: Join us to discuss Book 5 of the Aeneid in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 5 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. 

 

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.
Schedule: Mondays at 11am EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

MODERN GREEK READING COURSE: MODERN GREEK AESTHETICISM: GOD IN EXILE, HOMEWARD BOUND

Course Description: This course focuses on the late 19th-century Greek Aesthetes. Like their British contemporaries (such as Oscar Wilde, who we will also read in translation), the Aesthetes of Athens tried to reformulate the idea of classicism into a radical ideal. The prose of Episkopopoulos, Rodokanakis, and, above all, Giannopoulos transformed the study of Classical Greece into a productive mode of art. 
Level: This course is intended for those with some experience in Classical and Modern Greek, though English translations will be provided.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleMondays at 10am 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 perfect 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: Saturdays at 9:30am EST
InstructorMaria Luisa De Seta
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

PAPYROLOGY

Course Description: This course is a broad 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 massive – but sometimes not recognized enough – 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, as well as for experts in Classics and related fields.
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: Wednesdays at 11am EST
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

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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.

 

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