Telepaideia Courses Fall 2020

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Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. Our fall term runs for eleven weeks: from the week of September 20th through the week of December 5th, with one week off, for a total of ten meetings. Each class meeting lasts one hour. To enroll, please fill out the form linked at the bottom of the page. Telepaideia courses run on Google Meet. 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, Greek, and More!

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 w/ Lippiello

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. 

INTENSIVE LATIN w/ Teichmann

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to the Latin language.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1pm EST.
Instructor: Jenny Teichmann
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

CONTINUING LATIN 

Course Description: This course is a continuation of the instructor's summer intensive Latin. We will be using the Cambridge Latin Course Books 2 and 3 to review and expand upon what we covered in Wheelock's this summer. Topics include participles, the genitive, several uses of the subjunctive, and expanding our vocabulary and composition skills.
Level: This course is intended for students who have completed one Latin course.
Textbook: Cambridge Latin Books 2 and 3
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 1pm EST.
Instructor: Nancy Vander Veer
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

INTENSIVE GREEK w/ Lippiello

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. 

INTENSIVE GREEK w/ Teichmann

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 2pm EST. 
Instructor: Jenny Teichmann
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

INTENSIVE SYRIAC 

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Syriac.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Robinson’s Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar, 6th ed. Instructor will provide other materials.
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm EST. 
Instructor: Michael Shami
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students.

INTENSIVE OLD NORSE 

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Old Norse.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: A New Introduction to Old Norse Grammar, Reader, and Glossary. PDFs are provided by the Viking Society for Northern Research and may be downloaded here: http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm EST. 
Instructor: Rob Cutrer
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students.

INTENSIVE BIBLICAL HEBREW 

Course Description: This course is the first of an introductory, two-course sequence on Biblical Hebrew. It presumes no prior knowledge of or experience with the language. It is designed to equip the student with the basic skills required to read, translate, and interpret the meaning of the canonical texts of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis will be placed on grammar, vocabulary, syntax, writing, pronouncing/reading aloud, and translating accurately the language and text of the Hebrew Bible. The goal of the course is to train the student through the acquisition of: 1) an overarching familiarity with the linguistic structure and workings of Biblical Hebrew; 2) the foundational skill set required to begin working effectively with the language (e.g., alphabet, pronunciation/reading aloud, writing, etc.); and, 3) a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Upon completion of the course sequence, the student will be prepared to progress to reading Pentateuchal, historical, and narrative books of the Hebrew Bible.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Weingreen, Joseph, ​A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew​, 2nd Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959). ISBN 0-19-815422-4
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm EST. 
Instructor: W. David Nelson
Tuition: $1000
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Reading Courses

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

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Martial’s Epigrams

Course Description: We will read the epigrams of Martial, who survived a string of ten Roman emperors, remaining neither too close nor too far from the life of the city, but always feeling its pulse.
Level: This course is suitable for students at the intermediate and advanced levels.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays 6pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Carl Ploss
Sections capped at: 5 students. This section is now full.

Intermediate Latin Reading: Wheelock’s Loci Antiqui & Immutati  

Course Description: In this course, we will read, translate, and discuss the reading selections that come after chapter 40 in Wheelock’s textbook, starting with the lightly-adapted Loci Antiqui before moving on to the unadapted Loci Immutati.

Level: This course is designed for students with intermediate reading knowledge of Latin. It would be ideal for students who have recently completed the grammar component of Wheelock’s textbook, or who are looking for more practice reading lightly-adapted Latin.
TextbookWheelock's Latin.
Schedule: Tuesdays 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate Latin Reading: Reading Virgil’s Eclogues: Rome’s Instant (and Constant) Classics

Course Description: Analysis and interpretation of Virgil’s Eclogues, with emphasis laid on three types of reading: close reading, independent reading, and sight reading, skills necessary for reading all Roman literature with increasing pleasure, understanding, and appreciation. Frequent practice of and experiment with such reading. Careful attention paid to translating as a path to reading, to reading as decoding, to short cuts and rules of thumb for (accurate) vocabulary, forms, and grammar, and to mnemonics for all relevant formalities in the language. Topics include: meter and rhythm, imitatio, the Idylls of Theocritus, Roman history and Virgil’s imagination, poetics and rhetoric, allegory, the nature of friendship, Roman citizenship, praise, and song, and on grammar and style as Virgil’s pastorals may require and students need.

Level: For high school or college students from intermediate (just coming to terms with Roman literature as the primary focus, typically after two years of Latin, or one year of intensive Latin) to advanced. A brief diagnostic at the start of the course will help us to find the right pace for the opening weeks and to choose how many and which of the ten Eclogues we can read with pleasure and profit. The aim is to find, encourage, and build the habits and skills necessary in all students for pleasant and effective reading of great and greatly influential Roman poetry.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Tim Markey
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Aeneid 8 - Aeneas in Wonderland

Course Description: J.R. Bacon titled his study of Book 8 of Vergil’s Aeneid “Aeneas in Wonderland” on account of the dreamlike visions Aeneas enjoys throughout the book. Aeneas meets the god of the river Tiber in a dream, visits the future site of Rome, learns the story of Hercules and Cacus, and receives a shield depicting the future scenes of Roman history. Briefly escaping tragedy and despair, he glories in the marvels of his new Italian homeland. We will translate passages from Book 8 selected from each of the several wondrous episodes Vergil depicts.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Instructor: George Saad
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Seneca's Letters

Course Description: This class reads Seneca's Epistulae Morales. This course continues the on-going project of reading all of the letters in order. Students may join the course at the beginning of any term without having participated in previous terms. We'll begin the Fall 2020 term at letter 11.6. 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 Seneca’s prose style, the literary quality of the letters, and the relationship between philosophical discourse and philosophical action.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Readings in the Medieval Liturgical Commentary

Course Description: Focussing on the liturgical commentary of Sicard of Cremona, the longest of the Middle Ages, this reading course will examine the significance and symbolism of some key ceremonies of the Catholic Church through the eyes of this early 13th century bishop of Cremona. We will also explore the wider tradition of the liturgical commentary and consider the ways in which authorities manipulated the tradition and created their own emphases in the tradition.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: John Weretka
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Readings in the Medieval Liturgical Commentary

Course Description: Focussing on the liturgical commentary of Sicard of Cremona, the longest of the Middle Ages, this reading course will examine the significance and symbolism of some key ceremonies of the Catholic Church through the eyes of this early 13th century bishop of Cremona. We will also explore the wider tradition of the liturgical commentary and consider the ways in which authorities manipulated the tradition and created their own emphases in the tradition.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: John Weretka
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia

Course Description: In this course, we will take the first steps towards mastering the totality of human knowledge in 79 AD, as humbly compiled by Pliny the Elder. By reading the Preface of his encyclopedic Naturalis Historia, we will gain an appreciation for the scope of Pliny’s project, his scholarly process, and his literary goals beyond compiling a dry reference work. Then, we will dive into selections from Book 7 exploring the reported marvels of humanity in all our physical, mental, and cultural diversity.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: Fred Muth
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Ovid

Course Description: The course will concentrate on reading selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the original Latin, with attention to versecraft and narrative structure as well as to building students’ reading proficiency. We will do some reading aloud, some in-class translating, and some critical discussion. The interests and preferences of students may lead us into Ovid’s elegiac oeuvre as well.

Level: The course is designed for students at the intermediate-to-advanced level of reading ability: those who have studied four or more years of high-school Latin or have completed at least one semester of 200-level college Latin. For the largely self-taught, this means having developed some proficiency in reading continuous texts. A range of abilities is expected and welcomed.
Textbook: Dunmore’s Selections from Ovid (cheap, used on the web) plus materials supplied by the instructor. I will recommend (and sometimes supply) works of criticism. A good reference grammar (I prefer Allen and Greenough) will be very helpful, though Wheelock will serve in a pinch.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6PM EST
Instructor: Jay Kardan
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Horace - Ars Poetica (Epistles 2.3)

Course Description: Horace's Ars Poetica (Epistles 2.3) is an essay in verse in the form of a letter, in which Horace presents his ideas about literary history, style, and the practice of writing. It is one of the most studied and most discussed works of Horace, and shows us how one of the leading Roman poets thought about literature and the literary tradition in which he was working. In the Epistles and Satires we see a different, more chatty side of Horace than we see in the Odes. Horace is witty, opinionated, has a great depth and breadth of knowledge about Roman literary history, and discusses his views artfully while casting them in the form of a loquacious letter.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Edward Morris, Horace: Satires and Epistles; or James Kirkland, Horace: Satires and Epistles (both available as a PDF).
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7PM EST
Instructor: David J. White
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Catullus - Selected Poems

Course Description: Catullus is not only one of the most popular surviving Roman poets, but his work displays the mastery of an astonishing range of styles, genres, and meters. In this course we will mainly read selected poems from the Polymetrics (poems 1-60) and the Elegiacs (poems 69-116), in which Catullus discusses aspects of his private life as well as his friends and acquaintances among the prominent and not-so-prominent figures of the day. Time permitting, we might also look at some of the longer poems (61-68).

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Daniel Garrison’s A Student’s Catullus or Robinson Ellis’ Commentary to Catullus (the latter available for free as a PDF).
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Instructor: David J. White
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Boncompagno da Signa's Liber de obsidione

Course Description: In 1173, the very existence of the city of Ancona was threatened as the Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire, Christian of Mainz, tried to starve the city into submission. Boncompagno’s Liber de obsidione, based on eye-witness accounts, is a thrilling and moving account of the siege, peopled with striking characters, and giving full witness to Boncompagno’s skill as a rhetorician and master of the ars dictaminis. This term with Boncompagno’s Liber de obsidione is offered as part of an ongoing reading group aimed at reading through the whole text, commencing with Boncompagno’s letter of dedication to the work’s dedicatee, Ugolino Gosia, and his prologue on the function of historiography in the Middle Ages.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: John Weretka
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Ausonius, Mosella

Course Description: This course reads Ausionius' Mosella, and is a continuation of the previous Telepaideia Ausionius sessions. In the poem, Ausonius describes the river Moselle and the surrounding countryside and habitation. Through this subject Ausonius touches on the problem of the representation of reality through language and the relationship between place, imperial power, and the role of the poet. In session, we will read the poem in Latin, render it into English as well as we can, and discuss whatever topics are of interest to the group. Our goal is detailed reading and understanding, and to have fun with this excellent poem. This course continues the summer course, though it is not necessary to have participated in the previous sessions to join the fall sessions. We will begin the fall sessions at line 45, though there will be a review of the earlier part of the poem.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Tibullus: Elegies Book 1

Course Description: Tibullus is one of the Big Three love elegists of Latin literature, alongside Propertius and Ovid, and also the most mysterious. His Latin is famously uncomplicated, making him a great poet to read for students at the intermediate level, but the meaning of his poems is much less clear. Did he have a brain abnormality (an actual theory from 1913)? Is his poetry a Freudian dream? One thing seems clear: it’s about a lot more than love. We will read the complete ten-poem collection of Book 1 and discuss the distinctive features of his poetry and what meaning we find in it today. We will also learn (or review) elegiac meter and get comfortable reading elegiac couplets.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 9PM EST
Instructor: Rachel Philbrick
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: The Vita Coaetenea: an Introduction to Ramon Llull

Course Description: In this course we will read the ​Vita Coaetanea​ of the medieval philosopher, mystic, and saint, Ramon Llull. While he is best known as the founder of Catalan as a literary language, Ramon Llull's works mainly circulated in Latin around the whole of Europe. His elaborate systems of thought, known as the ​Ars Magna​, influenced topics as diverse as information theory to theology, from Giordano Bruno to Leibniz. Llull dictated the ​Vita Coaetanea ​to his fellow Franciscans, and it relates the story of his life, from his troubled youth in multi-faith Mallorca to his missionary efforts in the Islamic world and the scholastic debates of the 13th and 14th centuries. We will supplement Llull’s autobiography with examples of his other works, including the highly diagrammatic ​Arbor Scientiae.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 5PM EST
Instructor: Scotland Long
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: St. Augustine's Confessions

Course Description: This course focuses on a close reading and discussion of the text of Augustine’s Confessions. Class time will prioritize answering questions and clarifying problems that arise from the students’ reading. While this is a continuing course, new students are welcome. This semester we will resume reading in the midst of Augustine’s recollections of his childhood and early years of education in Book 1.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Text and commentary of the Confessions is readily available online. I recommend using the text at http://thelatinlibrary.com/august.html or the text and commentary (historical / literary) at http://www.stoa.org/hippo/noframe_entry.html.
Schedule: Sundays at 5PM EST
Instructor: Andy Montgomery
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Liturgical Latin Part One

Course Description: Liturgical Latin refers to the language of the Roman Catholic Liturgy, or the language of worship. It must be pointed out that in the last fifty years, liturgical Latin was not only suppressed by the Church, but actually forbidden for use in worship, and replaced with the vernacular tongues. It was not until 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI, in a Motu Proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, restored Liturgical Latin to its place in the church. The texts of Liturgical Latin consist of the Missale Romanum, Divinum Officium, and the Liber Usualis, (literally the “useful book.”). It is impossible to cover the vast field of Liturgical Latin in one course. Thus this course will be limited to the study of the Roman Missal, which can only be partially covered. Subsequent courses will continue where this course leaves off.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: The required text for the course is The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance, reprint of the 1945 Copyright Edition, which is available from Amazon, and other sites online. Students should procure a copy of the book by the first class.
Schedule: Sundays at 3PM EST
Instructor: William Torchia
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Science in Latin over Two Millennia

Course Description: Latin was the living language of science until not too long ago. From Newton’s laws of motion to Gauss’s flux theorem, many crucial scientific discoveries were first codified and disseminated in Latin. This course will introduce you to the Latin works of scientists from antiquity to the modern age. You will become acquainted with scientific authors like Seneca, Pliny, Buridan, Linacre, Copernicus, Kepler, Leibniz, Galvani, and many more. The scientific traditions we will examine range from physics and astronomy to biology and medicine. During class time, we will read the text together then comment on our sources in English and discuss any subject of interest to the group. According to participants’ ability, source texts will be read in the original Latin and discussion in Latin will be encouraged. This course will also introduce students to the use of digital tools for the semantic analysis of Latin scientific writings.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Intructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7PM EST
Instructor: Marco Romani
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: The Sources of Science: Latin Natural History from Pliny to Linnaeus

Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to hone their Latin reading skills while learning about the transmission of natural historical materials and approaches over the 1700 years from Pliny to Linnaeus. As we read and translate selections from the great Latin natural historians of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period, we will discover both continuities and ruptures in the way humans have understood the natural world.

Level: This course is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. 
Textbook: Intructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7PM EST
Instructor: Rick Wright
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Plato's Phaedrus

Course Description: This class 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 the nuances of both grammar/syntax and the author’s message. NB: It is a continuation of the previous reading class on the same text. We'll resume at 234 d7: “ΦΑΙ. Εἶεν· οὕτω δὴ δοκεῖ παίζειν;...”; 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: Plato, Phaedrus edited [with commentary] by Harvey Yunis (Cambridge: UP, 2011)
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $200 
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Advanced Greek Reading: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν)

Course Description: In this course we will read the famous Meditations of emperor Marcus Aurelius in their original language and will discuss how the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy might still apply to modern day life, especially during this time of international crisis and uncertainty.
Level: This course is intended for students with advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Wednesdays 6pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Jenny Teichmann
Sections capped at: 5 students.  

Papyrology (Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading)

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: E.G. Turner, Greek Papyri. An Introduction, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1968 (or more recent editions) and P. Parsons, The City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish. The Lives of the Greek in Roman Egypt, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.
Schedule: Wednesdays 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate Greek Reading: Homer's Iliad

Course Description: Ancient Greek literature begins with a pandemic, when the god Apollo sends a plague against the Greek army at Troy in Book I of Homer’s Iliad. This class considers selections from the first three books of the Iliad, with attention to issues of grammar, syntax, meter, meaning, and literary style. In session we read the Greek aloud, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Students may use any reliable Ancient Greek text for the Iliad. I recommend Allen Rogers Benner, Selections from Homer’s Iliad (1903, 2001), which has excellent notes on vocabulary and grammar.
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Claire Catenaccio

Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: The Dawn of Western Philosophy and Cosmology

Course Description: In this reading group we will work through key fragments from the thinkers known as the Pre-Socratics, the first recorded philosophers and proto-scientists in the Western tradition. It is likely that this semester we will start with Heraclitus’s so-called Cosmic Fragments, before turning to Anaxagoras and Empedocles.

Level: Greek at an intermediate to advanced level. Most of the texts are very difficult but we will be using texts that help with unusual vocabulary and grammatical constructions. This is not a sight-reading class. Home preparation is required.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: José Bermudez
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Selections from Attic Prose

Course Description: This course will include excerpts from different Attic prose authors such as Plato, Lysias, and Thucydides. The course will be held in English and will mainly be focused on reading the authors in the original, but will also include vocabulary-building exercises, rephrasing the original Greek, as well as short exercises on guided Greek composition. The course requires home preparation, and students will be assigned homework occasionally.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced; familiarity with basic morphology and syntax of Ancient Greek required
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Vukašin Miljković
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Readings from the Septuagint

Course Description: The course will consist of selected passages from the Septuagint, which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. All readings will be taken from the first two books of the Pentateuch: Genesis and Exodus. The main purpose of this course is to introduce Septuagint Greek to the students who already have some experience with Attic Greek but wish to engage with Greek in one of its later, and different forms. Therefore, we will be concentrating on the particularities of Septuagint Greek, and how it differs from the classical usage. The course will require home preparation.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced; familiarity with basic morphology and syntax of Ancient Greek required
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Vukašin Miljković
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Nicomachean Ethics

Course Description: This class 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. NB: It is a continuation of the previous reading class on the same text. We'll resume at 1111 b26 (Book 3, Chapter 2): “ἔτι δ᾽ ἡ μὲν βούλησις...”; 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: Steadman, Geoffrey. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Books II-III: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary.
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Arkadi Chouffrine
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Lucian's "True Stories" - Episode 4: The Adventure Concludes (PG-13!)

Course Description: Fish that get you drunk, Moonmen, giant space-vulture cavalry, warring peoples inside the belly of a whale, emerald cities, Odyssean tall tales, Herodotean ethnographies, Thucydidean battle scenes, interplanetary imperialism, owl generals, garlic fighters, and smoke-eaters -- Lucian's True Stories is one of the wackiest and most enjoyable authentic Ancient Greek texts and Western Literature's oldest science fiction novel. We will read as much of this swashbuckler as we can, briefly discussing and reviewing grammar topics and idioms as they come up but mainly trying to read as much Greek as possible and identify the many allusions to, and satire of, canonical Greek classics (the book is stuffed with inside jokes for classicists). This class is a continuation of last term's True Stories class but it is in no way necessary to have taken that class for this one to make sense and be fun. We begin around half way through Book 2 and will read to the end.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Either the Nimis and Hayes edition or the C.T. Hadavas edition. The former is available as a free pdf.
Schedule: Mondays at 8pm EST
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Longus's Daphnis and Chloe

Course Description: This class will read and translate what many consider the last great work of Ancient Greek literature, Longus’s second-century AD pastoral romance novel. Close attention will be paid to grammar/syntax and to the sophisticated literary structure and rhetorical effects of this masterpiece of “poetic prose.”

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Constantine Hadavas
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Koine Greek: The Art of Philemon

Course Description: This course is an in-depth analysis of the use of rhetoric (the art of persuasion) in the Christian New Testament letter to Philemon. It focuses on the extraordinary rhetorical use of Koine Greek within the letter, with reference to relevant historical and cultural aspects of the letter. The rhetoric used in Philemon is a powerful tool. By understanding the argumentative structure of the letter, one’s understanding is greatly enriched concerning all of the letters of the New Testament as well as other classical texts.

Level: This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced understanding of Ancient (spes. Koine) Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Louise-Mari Muller
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Homer’s Odyssey- One Final Test

Course Description: At last Odysseus has slain all of the suitors in his house. Now he faces his final challenge: he must convince Penelope that her husband has truly returned home. In this Greek reading group, we shall read, translate, and discuss the last third or so of book 22 and the entirety of book 23 of the Odyssey (around 550 lines total). This course is a continuation of previous reading courses on the Odyssey, though new participants are always very welcome.

Level: This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced understanding of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: Homer’s Odyssey- One Final Test

Course Description: At last Odysseus has slain all of the suitors in his house. Now he faces his final challenge: he must convince Penelope that her husband has truly returned home. In this Greek reading group, we shall read, translate, and discuss the last third or so of book 22 and the entirety of book 23 of the Odyssey (around 550 lines total). This course is a continuation of previous reading courses on the Odyssey, though new participants are always very welcome.

Level: This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced understanding of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew: Biblical Hebrew Stories

Course Description: This class will provide experience with reading extended narratives that use authentic Biblical language. We will read a combination of simplified Bible passages and familiar folktales written in Biblical Hebrew. Students should already have some knowledge of Hebrew (Biblical or Modern), but we will explain specific features of Biblical Hebrew as we go along. We will focus on enjoying the stories, with grammar discussion kept to the minimum needed for comprehension. Home preparation (rereading the texts) is expected between sessions.

Level: This course is intended for those who can read Hebrew and are familiar with a number of high-frequency Biblical Hebrew words.
Textbook: (1) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Hebrew Edition (German Bible Society, Compact edition, August 1997). ISBN 1598561634. (2) The Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: Coded with Strong’s Concordance Numbers (Hendrickson Publisher, Reprint Edition, June 1996). ISBN 1565632060.
Schedule: Thursdays at 8pm EST
Instructor: Sarah Penso
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Advanced Biblical Hebrew: Reading the Biblical Book of Genesis

Course Description: In this course we will read and translate aloud seminal narrative selections from the biblical book of Genesis in the original Biblical Hebrew. Narratives for reading, translating, analysis, and discussion will include: the creation/primordial myths in Genesis chapters 1-11 (e.g., Creation, Garden of Eden, Noah/flood, Cain/Abel, Tower of Babel, etc.); the Binding of Isaac narrative; and, narratives about the ancestral Israelite matriarchs and patriarchs.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate-advanced facility with Biblical Hebrew (= approximately 1 year or more studying the language).
Textbook: (1) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Hebrew Edition (German Bible Society, Compact edition, August 1997). ISBN 1598561634. (2) The Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: Coded with Strong’s Concordance Numbers (Hendrickson Publisher, Reprint Edition, June 1996). ISBN 1565632060.
Schedule: Thursdays at 6pm EST
Instructor: W. David Nelson
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Conversational Latin and Greek 

Beginning Conversational Latin w/Gallagher

Course DescriptionThe aim of this course is to help participants gain confidence and skill in expressing one’s self in Latin as well as understanding the words of others in extemporaneous Latin conversations. It is recommended that participants have completed all rudimentary grammar coursework and have read one or more Latin authors. A variety of texts will be provided by the instructor, but they will only be tools to provide spoken Latin practice opportunities.
Level: This course is intended for beginning Latin speakers with a solid grammatical foundation.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Wednesday at 7pm EST
InstructorDan Gallagher
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Beginning Conversational Latin w/Grissom

Course DescriptionIn this course we will read very simple texts, heavily adapted Classical texts focused on various aspects of Roman history and mythology, with the goal being not to cover the texts per se, but to learn how to read the texts and discuss them in Latin. There will be no pre-reading as each session will present a new text/story and participants will have the chance to experience it for the first time together in Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Gus Grissom
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

Beginning Conversational Latin: Voces Mulierum Antiquarum w/Chronopoulos

Course DescriptionThis class is aimed at participants who have very little or no experience in speaking Latin. You will learn the basics of how to communicate in Latin in a supportive and affirming environment. Using mostly Latin (with a bit of English when we must), we will talk about ourselves and the world we live in, as well as read and discuss Latin poetry and prose written by authors such as Sulpicia, Eucheria, Claudia Severa, and others. At the end of the course, students should be able to have simple conversations in Latin and summarize brief extracts from the texts we have read in their own words.
Level: This course is intended for beginning Latin speakers who know the basics of Latin grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Saturdays 10am EST
Instructor: Tina Chronopoulos
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Vergil’s Georgicon

Course Description“The best poem of the best poet,” said John Dryden of the Georgicon. But what precisely makes this part farming manual, part hymn of praise, part allegory, so great? Is it really better than the Aeneid? Read, summarize, discuss it in Latin, and find out! This course aims to enhance your rapid reading through the active use of your ears, tongue, and pen.
Level: Intermediate (or advanced) speakers who have already had the fundamentals of Latin grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Thursdays at 6pm EST.
Instructor: Dan Gallagher
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Extensive Reading with Puer Romanus

Course DescriptionFor reading with speed and confidence, few things are more useful than reading lots of Latin which is easy enough that you don’t have to puzzle over syntax and vocabulary. We will read, and discuss in Latin, extensive selections from various 19th- and 20th-century high-quality and engaging readers, including Appleton and Jones’ Puer Romanus, Paoli’s Varius Libellus ad Usum Scholarum Redactus, and others. We’ll summarize and paraphrase in Latin as we go and keep grammar discussion to the minimum needed for comprehension. Home preparation (reading more Latin at a similar level) is expected between sessions.
Level: Intermediate speakers who have already had the fundamentals of Latin grammar.
Textbook: Appleton and Jones’s Puer Romanus (available on gutenberg.org) and materials provided by instructor.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7pm EST.
Instructor: Sarah Penso
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Animalia et Bestiae

Course DescriptionOnce a week students will meet for a light-hearted hour of Latin conversation practice while reading selections from Late Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern scientific authors with a focus on the descriptions of different flora and fauna, and some fantastical beasts.
Level: Intermediate. Students should be comfortable reading and talking about a text tantum latine as well as the basic social niceties.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesday at 7pm EST.
Instructor: Michael Sweet
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Cicero Per Se Illustratus - Pro Archia et Ars Rhetorica

Course DescriptionIn this class participants will read and discuss Cicero's masterpiece, Oratio Pro Archia Habita, as the basis for a study of classical rhetoric. Together with the oration itself, participants will read relevant sections of Cipriano Suarez' 1569 de Arte Rhetorica Libri Tres, a popular Renaissance summarium of classical rhetoric, constructed from Cicero, Quintilian, and Aristotle. From the moral ends of persuasion, to the respective functions of each part of a speech, to ethos, logos, pathos appeals, to rhetorical figures, and beyond, the class will cover a good deal of the art of rhetoric. Seeing as much of Suarez' treatment consists of passages from Cicero's de Oratore (vel sim), participants will essentially get something like "an edition of Pro Archia with rhetorical commentary written by Cicero himself".
Level: Instructor will provide materials. For those who do not already know the Pro Archia well, the Stephen Cerutti edition is highly recommended.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Fridays at 2pm EST
Instructor: David Ring
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Roma Aeterna: The Beginnings of Rome

Course DescriptionThis course will consist of the beginning chapters of Hans Oerberg’s Roma Aeterna (XXXVII - XLV) dealing with the beginnings of Rome. The chapters include the prose versions of the first four books of the Aeneid as well as simplified excerpts from Livy. The course will be held in Latin, and it will encourage the students to engage in retelling some of the material that is read in class, thereby improving their active knowledge of Latin, as well as building up their vocabulary. The course will require home preparation, and students will be assigned homework occasionally.
LevelIntermediate to Advanced; familiarity with basic morphology and syntax of Latin required
Textbook: Hans Oerberg - Roma Aeterna; Hans Oerberg - Exercitia Latina II, additional materials provided by the instructor.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6pm EST
Instructor: Vukašin Miljković
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Neo-Latin Colloquia

Course DescriptionColloquia are treasure-houses of excellent Latin idioms, unusual situations, and snarky wit. In this course we’ll read selections from various authors, including Corderius, Erasmus, and Schottennius, in order to enjoy their humor and steal their expressions to use in Latn conversation. Are you interested in a ghost-exorcism hoax or which countries have the best inns? What about why scholae are called ludi, how to choose a good teacher, or whether there’s a secret 14-day shortcut for language learning?
Level: This course is intended for those who have experience speaking Latin and reading extended passages at sight.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 6pm EST
Instructor: Sarah Penso
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Advanced Conversational Latin: Tacitus’ Annales

Course DescriptionNero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors and the last descendant of Augustus on the throne, is a controversial figure who is considered as one of the best examples of a bad ruler. For those who want to learn more about his life - besides Suetonius’ famous biography of Nero – the best source is Tacitus’ account in the Annales which is only partially preserved, and yet quite substantial. In this course, students will read and discuss excerpts from the Annales about Nero’s principate in the original language. Besides the historical aspect, special attention will be paid to the acquisition of new vocabulary.
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Zoltan Tomko
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Introductory Intensive Latin for Reading and Speaking w/Sweet

Course DescriptionThis course serves as an intensive introduction to the Latin language with a focus on reading fluency and the use of oral Latin. Students will learn learn the following skills: basic greetings and farewells, how to ask/answer rudimentary questions, describe themselves and their families, express their basic preferences, likes/dislikes, the use of rudimentary grammar vocabulary to ask about, speak about and read a text without resorting to the use of English. By the end of the course students can also be expected to be familiar with the following grammatical items: Latin noun and pronoun morphology, the present tense of verbs in the active and passive voices including deponents as well as a number of irregular verbs.
Level: Beginner
Textbook Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, Volume I: Familia Romana, Instructor will provide other materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Michael Sweet
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Beginning Conversational Greek w/Tomkó

Course DescriptionIn this course, students will learn the basics of how to communicate in Ancient Greek and build up their speaking and listening skills. This will be done by having simple guided conversations, describing pictures and talking about well-known mythological stories. Special attention will be paid to the activation of passive and the acquisition of new vocabulary. At the end of this course, students should be able to have simple conversations in Greek and to present a mythological story on their own.
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.

Beginning-Intermediate Conversational Ancient Greek w/Ring

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 beautiful paintings, optical illusions, extensive reading via embedded readings of intermediate stories, pagan and Biblical proverbs -- all with a view to paraphrasing with synonyms and equivalent constructions, as well as using the vocabulary and idioms of each assignment 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 students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek but perhaps only limited experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 8pm EST 
InstructorDavid Ring
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 is now full.

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Greek: Dionysius Thrax' Art of Grammar

Course DescriptionWhoever started talking about “cases”, “prepositions”, “conjugations”, or “parts of speech”, anyway? Reading the γραμματικὴ τέχνη, a booklet traditionally attributed to Dionysius Thrax, we will shed some light on the history of basic grammatical concepts and their terminology, we will see how one talks about letters and words in authentic Ancient Greek, and we will understand better the potentials and limitations of grammar as a tool for learning and teaching any language.
Level: The class will be suitable for advanced beginners who want to internalize basic grammatical concepts as well as for more advanced students who want to explore the genre and style of simple Greek grammatical writing.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Sundays at 12pm EST
InstructorMichael Kopf
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Greek w/Tomkó

Course DescriptionThis 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: Fridays at 12pm EST
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Advanced Conversational Greek: Xenophon’s Ἀπομνημονεύματα

Course DescriptionXenophon, the famous student of Socrates, dedicated several writings to the memory of his old teacher. These works show us important aspects of Socrates' life and teaching and enable us to look at the great philosopher from a different perspective, for we usually see him through the eyes of Plato. In this course, students will read and discuss the second book of Xenophon's Ἀπομνημονεύματα in the original language. Besides the cultural aspect, special attention will be paid to the acquisition of new vocabulary.

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

 

Courses for High School Teachers and Students 

Conversational Latin for High School Students w/Hutcheson

Course DescriptionIn this course we’ll focus on experiencing Latin as a communicative language. We’ll play games, tell stories, and read short texts. This will give you a chance to get to know some other high schoolers who like to speak Latin, too.
Level: This course would be ideal for anyone who’s had two years or more of high/middle school Latin. It’s fine if you’ve never spoken Latin before, though experienced speakers are certainly welcome!
TextbookInstructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7pm EST
Instructor: Laurie Hutcheson
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Vergil's Aeneid Book VII for Teachers

Course Description: Join us to discuss Book 7 of the Aeneid in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 6 of this timeless text together, and we will discuss selected points from the text using various prompts. Feel free to use any copy of the text.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials and are freely available online.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8pm EST
Tuition: $200
InstructorLaura Manning
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Tools and Strategies to Engage Your Students of Latin in Online Classes

Course Description: This class is for teachers who would like to develop better use of LMS and online tools to teach classes online, especially language classes. Small group work, check for understanding, collaboration, discussions can be effectively replicated on Zoom, BBB and other video conferencing platforms. Join me to learn and practice how to use Flipgrid, Nearpod, and Peardeck to engage your students, how to create games and quizzes that can be used to assess your students’s progress, how to increase the level of participation and engagement in the online setting.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials and are freely available online.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7pm EST
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Maria Luisa De Seta
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: KAZANTZAKIS: A FIN DE SIECLE AESTHETE

Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the late 19th century Greek Aesthetes. Like their British contemporaries, the Aesthetes of Athens tried to reformulate the idea of classicism into a radical ideal. Nikolaos Episkopopoulos became the french romancier Nicolas Ségur, in Paris. Nikos Kazantzakis transformed into Karma Nirvami, in Athens, absorbing ancient Greek ideals. Above all, Perikles Giannopoulos as Thanatos transformed the study of Classical Greece into a productive mode of art, behind the lens of decadence. 
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

ITALIAN READING COURSE: DANTE'S VITA NUOVA

Course Description: We will read Dante’s youthful libro della memoria: the prosimetrum chronicle of Dante’s poetic “initiation.” We will also take our reading as an opportunity to discuss early poetic and linguistic forms. Discussion can be conducted either in Italian or English, as per group vote.
LevelExperienced Italian readers only. The course is suitable, too, for those with good reading knowledge of modern Italian, but who would like guided practice reading medieval Florentine.
TextbookText available online via Columbia’s Digital Dante. Recommended critical edition, for those who would like, is Corti and Colombo (ed. Feltrinelli).
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8:00pm EST
Instructor: Kristen Hook
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

COURSES IN TRANSLATION

Theurgy & Neoplatonism: Iamblichus' Reply to Porphyry / De mysteriis Aegyptiorum

Course DescriptionThis course explores Iamblichus’ ​Reply to Porphyry / De mysteriis Aegyptiorum​. In this course we will read the entirety of the work in English, as a way of approaching the topic of theurgy in the Late Antique Neoplatonic context. The most important of Iamblichus’ works to survive intact, the ​Reply​ defends religious practices such as sacrifice, prayer, and divination against the more theoretical Porphyry’s criticism. In reading the ​Reply to Porphyry,​ we will try to grasp the relationship between ritual action and Neoplatonic metaphysics and the promised return of the soul to the One.
LevelWe will be reading in translation, so no knowledge of Greek is required. If participants can read Greek, we may look at passages.
TextbookClarke, E.C., J.M. Dillon, and J.P Hershbell, 2003, ​Iamblichus: De Mysteriis​ (Writings from the Greco-Roman World 4), Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6pm EST
InstructorDavid Hewett
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

An Introduction to Dante’s Inferno (cantos 1-9)

Course DescriptionThe first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Following one background meeting, we will read and discuss a canto of Inferno per week, learning about the structure of Dante’s beyond and its relation to the poet’s life, times, and broader oeuvre. Taught in English.
Level: The class is suitable for first-time readers of Dante. Experience reading Italian and/or pre-modern literature are ideal, but not required. If there is demand for it, the course can be supplemented with an additional break-out session for Italian-readers (circa 30 minutes).
TextbookThe Durling & Martinez facing translation (Oxford UP).
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00pm EST
Instructor: Kristen Hook
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Course DescriptionIn this course we will undertake as close a study of the Nicomachean Ethics as possible in eleven weeks. The lasting importance of the Nicomachean Ethics is indicated by its central investigation: the question of the best life for a human being. Our central aim in this course is to understand the substance of that inquiry as a “kind of political inquiry.” We will therefore approach the treatise with a focus on the structure and development of the argument, Aristotle’s rhetorical strategy, and question of audience. Home preparation will be essential.
LevelNo previous language training is required.
TextbookAristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Bartlett and Collins (Chicago 2011)
Schedule: Mondays at 7:00pm EST
Instructor: Abigail Staysa
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Ghost Stories for Grown-Ups: Warburg’s Mnemosyne and the Afterlife of Pagan Antiquity

Course Description In each session of this class, we will discuss a panel of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas. Using the art historian’s famous unfinished project to contemplate the survival of pagan antiquity in later cultural forms, we will learn about what Warburg called “ghost stories for the very adult.” As we develop our own strategies for working with Mnemosyne, we will also learn how to use Cornell’s interactive website, which charts different paths through the Atlas. We will read, too, some short texts on Warburg, his methods, and legacy; these I will supply.
LevelBackground in Classics and/or Art History will be helpful, but not strictly necessary. The course will be taught in English.
Textbook: As optional supplements, students are encouraged to acquire Didi-Huberman’s The Surviving Image (“L’image survivante” [2002]) and/or Agamben’s Nymphs (“Ninfe” [2007]). Instructor will direct students to the free, electronic version of Warburg’s collected essays, published in The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity.
Schedule: Mondays at 7:00pm EST
Instructor: Kristen Hook
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Classical Rhetoric: An Introduction

Course Description Classical rhetoric is about the art of employing the best possible means of persuasion in any given situation. Classical rhetoric and oratory are useful skills that are evident from Ancient Greek and Latin texts, but are undoubtedly still applicable to contemporary life. This course explores the different aspects of classical rhetoric and oratory, and how it was utilized by great orators such as Cicero, Demosthenes and Pericles.
LevelNo background in Classical languages is necessary. Translations will be provided, and the primary text language may be investigated where relevant.
TextbookInstructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7:00pm EST
Instructor: Louise-Mari Muller
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Classical Mythology

Course Description This overview of Greco-Roman mythology will examine the heroic myths using the ancient Greek writer Apollodorus as a guide, with treatments by Ovid, Virgil, and Hyginus for Roman perspectives. All readings will be in translation. We will study Creation and the Flood, the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, Hercules, and Theseus, the Trojan War and its aftermath, as well as some popular lesser tales, and conclude with a look at changing concepts of heroism in the later period, as seen in the tale of Cupid and Psyche told by Apuleius. Some attention will be given to medieval and modern treatments of the Classical myths, with a nod to notable motion picture adaptations.
LevelThis course is open to students at all levels. No prior knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.
TextbookThe Bibliotheke (“Library”) of Apollodorus (or Pseudo-Apollodorus, as some prefer to call the author), preferably in the translation by Robin Hard (Apollodorus: The Library of Greek Mythology, Oxford University Press, 1997), although there are a number of translations out there, including online versions of Sir James George Frazer’s translation, which is a good alternative. Also Ovid’s Metamorphoses — A.D. Melville’s translation, Oxford University Press, is recommended, but there are numerous options, including some online (such as that of Brookes More, at the Perseus Digital Library and Theoi). Additional materials provided by instructor.
Schedule: Thursdays at 6:00pm EST
InstructorRobert Ziomkowski
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Great Books in Translation Seminar: The Story of King David

Course Description This class will be focused on close, attentive reading of the Bible's David story (1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings, chapters 1-2) in the setting of a roundtable Great Books seminar. In terms of originality, as well as literary and philosophical depth, this text can hold its own beside anything written by Shakespeare or the Ancient Greeks. By probing the text and only the text with open minds, open hearts, and fresh eyes, participants will be encouraged to discover the complexity and artfulness of the text and what the text has to teach us about some of the greatest questions and problems of the human condition, with the instructor not lecturing, but moderating and guiding rich and respectful dialogue among peers.
LevelThis course is intended for anyone who wishes to listen carefully to the text in a wisdom-seeking spirit, either a longtime friend of this text or someone excited to encounter it for the first time.
TextbookInstructor will allow some diversity in translations used and will give advice on choosing from among the best translations.
Schedule: Mondays at 6:00pm EST
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

Great Books in Translation Seminar: Homer's Iliad

Course DescriptionThis class will be focused on close, attentive reading of Homer's Iliad in the setting of a roundtable Great Books seminar. By probing the text and only the text with open minds, open hearts, and fresh eyes, participants will be encouraged to discover the complexity and artfulness of the text and what Homer has to teach us about some of the greatest questions and problems of the human condition, with the instructor not lecturing, but moderating and guiding rich and respectful dialogue among peers.
LevelThis course is intended for anyone who wishes to listen carefully to Homer, either a longtime friend of Homer's or just an acquaintance.
TextbookAcceptable translations: either that of Richmond Lattimore or Caroline Alexander.
Schedule: Mondays at 5:00pm EST
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $200
Sections capped at: 5 students

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