Telepaideia Courses Summer 2019

Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. The Summer 2019 semester runs for ten weeks: from the week of June 24th to the week of August 26th. 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 5pm EST
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Intensive Greek  

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. 

GREEK: PLATO'S REPUBLIC  

Course DescriptionPlato's Republic, Book I. This class is a continuous reading and translating line by line of the indicated masterpiece of Attic prose (presenting the earliest and still not decisively refuted philosophical argument for immorality [sic]), with close attention to grammar/syntax and the logic of the argument. 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: HOMER'S ODYSSEY 18The Labors of "Aithon"

Course Description: We will cover around 600 lines: this encompasses the entirety of book 18 of the Odyssey and also the first part of book 19, where the famous interview between the disguised Odysseus and Penelope begins. 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: Thursdays at 8pm EST
Instructor: 
Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
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. The current term will be the first. 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 at 8:00pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
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 at 6:30pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students

LATIN: LUCAN'S DE BELLO CIVILI 7 

Course Description: This class reads and translates Book 7 of Lucan's harrowing epic on the civil war waged between Caesar and Pompey in the first century BCE. We shall read the Latin text of Book 7 in its entirety and find out about the devastating effects of warfare both at the physical and at the spiritual level. We will also discuss in detail Lucan's unique and paradoxical poetic technique, as well as his struggle to preserve the integrity of his polemic authorial voice under the autocratic regime of the emperor Nero.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Lucan "De Bello Civili VII". Revised by O. A. W. Dilke from the edition of J. P. Postgate. Bristol Classical Press.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 3pm EST
Instructor: 
Isaia Crosson
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: LUCRETIUS' DE RERUM NATURA

Course Description: This class reads Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. 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. The current term will begin where the Spring 2019 term will have left off. The Book and Line number will be posted here after the conclusion of the term, but it is likely to be late in Book 2. In session we read the Latin, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group. The instructor is especially interested in the interplay of rational argumentation and intuitive appeal in conversion to a new worldview, in Lucretius' place in the poetic and philosophic traditions, and in philosophy as a transformation of experience of self and cosmos and of mental constructs of the same.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: The text may be found online here.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

LATIN: A Survey of Early to Late Antique Christian Authors

Course Description: In this course we will read some of the best hits from Latin Christian authors, including Augustine's Confessiones, Tertullian's To The Martyrs, and Jerome's letters. We will discuss points of grammar and style--particularly how certain features are different from the expectations of Classical Latin--and the unique aims and perspectives of the authors.
Level: This course is intended for students with advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 7:30pm EST
Instructor: 
Brandon Bark
Tuition: $200
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 at 6:30pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: David Hewett
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) Tuesdays at 7pm EST; Section 2 (Morehouse) Sundays at 6:30pm EST; Section 3 (Morehouse) Wednesdays at 6:30pm EST
Instructor: Michael Sweet, Andrew Morehouse 
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 Sundays at 8pm EST; Section 2 Wednesdays at 8pm EST 
Instructor: Andrew Morehouse
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL LATIN: Apuleius' Metamorphoses

Course DescriptionIn this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, one of the most famous ancient novels, in the original language. This story tells the adventures of Lucius who is transformed into an ass and seeks to return to his human form. Apart from being an interesting story, the Metamorphoses gives valuable information on life in antiquity, which will be one of the key points of this course. Parts of the famous tale of Cupid and Psyche will also be read and interpreted.
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: Tuesdays at 2pm EST
Instructor: Zoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
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. 

 

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: Arrian's The Anabasis of Alexander

Course Description:  Arrian's Anabasis is the most detailed and reliable ancient source on the Persian campaign of Alexander the Great. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from Arrian's work in the original language, thus highlighting key aspects of the the conquest of the Persian Empire by Alexander which paved the way for the so-called Hellenistic period and culture.
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Tuesdays at 12pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Courses for High School Teachers and Students 

CONVERSATIONAL AENEID BOOK 3 FOR TEACHERS 

Course Description: Join us to discuss Book 3 of the Aeneid in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 3 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

 

BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL LATIN FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS 

Course DescriptionWould you like to use more spoken Latin in your classes, but have not yet felt ready? This course provides you the opportunity to start speaking the language you have been reading and teaching, before you try it out with your students. The course covers such topics as greetings and leave-takings, speaking about the classroom, speaking about the school, the weather, working with textbooks and text, giving and understanding directions.  
Level: This course is intended for high school teachers of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Section 1: Thursdays at 8pm EST
Tuition: $200
InstructorLaura Manning
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

PRE-AP STUDENT BOOTCAMP

Course Description: This course is a 10-week preview for students who plan to take AP Latin in the fall. Topics include how to prepare a translation passage for class, writing to demonstrate analysis, setting up a study schedule, review of grammatical topics, and how to approach the study of vocabulary.
Textbook: Students must have access to the syllabus texts in Latin.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 9pm 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.

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 

 

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

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.
ScheduleThursdays at 2pm EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

MODERN GREEK READING COURSE: WOMEN OF HOMER BY OSCAR WILDE

Course DescriptionA classicist well influenced by Plato and Aristotle’s Ethics on his major work The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde studied classics at Magdalen College, Oxford. As an undergraduate there, he decided to write a long essay surveying the chapter “Women of Homer” from John Addington Symonds’s Studies of the Greek Poets. But young Wilde’s project became bigger than he expected. It was August 1876, an inspiring vacation in Ireland, and he ended up writing an unfinished idiosyncratic introduction to the major of Homer’s heroines. First published by the Oscar Wilde Society and edited by Thomas Wright and Donald Mead, Women of Homer is Oscar Wilde’s earliest surviving prose work, his first attempt at reviewing, with all the later elements of Aesthetic Philosophy that define him in his work The critic as artist. Together we will read a modern greek translation of the text, along with the original, despite the negative opinions on Wilde’s essay that Mr. Daniel Mendelsohn has expressed.
Level: This is a course of advanced Modern Greek translation.  
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleSundays at 1pm EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students 

RUSSIAN FOR CLASSICISTS 

Course Description: This course is designed for those with an intermediate-advance 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.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8pm EST 
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

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: Tuesdays at 9am EST
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Summer Dante: Intensive Inferno

Course Description In this course, we will read the entirety of Dante’s Inferno, the first canticle of the Divine Comedy. The course is suited for first-time and seasoned Dante readers alike: we will read the text closely in the original Italian, exploring different approaches to, and techniques for, reading and interpreting the Commedia. The class itself will be conducted in English, with possible forays into Italian discussion (if students wish).
Level:  This course is intended for intermediate to advanced Italian readers.  If your desire to read Dante surpasses your perceived language level, contact Kristen.  
Textbook: Robert M. Durling and Ronald L. Martinez, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno. Instructor will provide other materials.
ScheduleMondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm EST 
Instructor: Kristen Hook
Tuition: $1000
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.