Telepaideia Courses Special Spring Term II 2020

Telepaideia - Special Spring Term II 2020 Course Offerings 

Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. Spring term II classes are a special offering to assist the transition for those who are working and attending school at home in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Most classes in this special term will run for 5 weeks, and may meet one, two or four times per week. The term begins March 29th and runs through May 1st.

Each class meeting lasts one hour unless otherwise noted. 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.

 

For high school students and teachers

For high school students who are currently preparing for the AP or SAT-II exams, our experienced teachers will help minimize the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

 

Newly added: Online tools to teach and assess for teachers of Latin

Course Description:This class will explore the use of online tools such as Screencast, Google Forms, or Flipgrid to teach Latin remotely and provide support to teachers new to the online environment.
Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30pm EST
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
InstructorMaria Luisa DeSeta
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Newly added: "Active Teaching in the Online Latin Classroom"

This 5-week course for Latin teachers provides an opportunity to add more active teaching methods to your current curriculum, and adapt that for working synchronously or asynchronously online with students. The tools here are accessible to teachers and students, and don't require you to sacrifice any of the parts of your curriculum that you want to keep, including grammar instruction and projects. This course is designed to enhance what you are now doing, including teaching approaches where reading, grammar, or translation are the focus. Teachers are invited to bring one lesson you have taught or plan to teach, if available. Each class meeting will focus on one active Latin task or skill, and ways to adapt parts of lessons. 
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher 
Schedule: Thursdays, 7pm EST
InstructorLaura Manning
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Newly added: Beginning Conversational Latin for Teachers: Online Edition

Would you like to use more spoken Latin in your teaching, 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 addresses such topics as greetings and leave-takings, speaking about the classroom, speaking about the computer, speaking about the school, the weather, working with textbooks and text, giving and understanding directions. All lessons are suited to teaching in an online environment.
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher 
Schedule: Thursdays, 8pm EST
InstructorLaura Manning
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 


Latin: Caesar - AP Selections 

Course DescriptionIn a time when many schools are closed, leaving many teachers and students struggling to find good options, join an experienced AP teacher once a week to read and discuss selections from Books I, IV, V, and VI of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. You might be preparing for the upcoming AP exam, or you might just be interested in exploring the very complex legacy of Julius Caesar the historical figure and Julius Caesar the author.

Level: This course is intended for high school students at the AP level, although students do not have to be enrolled in an AP course.
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm EST. This course will run for five weeks (ten meetings total) starting March 29th.
Instructor: Justin Schwamm
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Latin: Vergil - AP Selections 

Course DescriptionIn a time when many schools are closed, leaving many teachers and students struggling to find good options, join an experienced AP teacher once a week to read and discuss selections from Books I, II, IV, and VI of Vergil’s Aeneid. You might be preparing for a Big Upcoming Exam, or you might just be interested in exploring the very complex legacy and influence of Vergil and the Aeneid.

Level: This course is intended for high school students at the AP level, although students do not have to be enrolled in an AP course.
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm EST.
Instructor: Justin Schwamm
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: FUN & GAMES WITH LATIN POETRY

In this group, participants will explore the rhythms of Latin poetry across the millennia, while decoding riddles, playing word games, and mastering the art of scansion painlessly. No prior experience in Latin poetry is assumed. This course is ideal for intermediate and advanced Latin students with limited exposure to classical poetry, and for Latin instructors who are looking to add new tools and activities to their pedagogical toolkits.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced Latin students and teachers
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
Schedule: Mondays at 6:00pm EST
Instructor: R.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

CONVERSATIONAL AENEID BOOK 5 FOR TEACHERS 

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: Mondays 7-9pm EST (for five weeks) starting on March 30th
Tuition: $200
InstructorLaura Manning
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Composition

Latin Composition

Course Description: The most effective way to learn how to write well in Latin is to imitate the best Latin authors. But to write like them, we must first read, analyze, and understand their works. We complete the circle when the compositional skills we acquire enhance our overall ability to understand Latin and to teach it. By the end of this course, students will be able to (a) recognize, appreciate, and imitate elements of Latin prose style in Cicero and other select authors; (b) recapitulate the main themes of Latin passages in Latin; and (c) express their own thoughts and opinions in written Latin, especially on topics important to them.

Level: This course is intended for students with advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9AM EST.
Instructor: Daniel Gallagher
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students.

Reading Courses

 

 

 

GREEK: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, book 2 - FULL 

Course Description: This 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. 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: Thursdays at 8pm EST 
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

 

Greek: Lucian's "True Stories" 

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.  Western literature's oldest science fiction novel, True Stories has delighted and influenced countless later authors: Thomas More, Rabelais, Voltaire, Niels Klim, Jules Verne, Douglas Adams, and many others.  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).
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 and Thursdays at 7:00 P.M. EST
InstructorDavid Ring
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students.

GREEK:  Herodotus: Book 1 - Cyrus - one opening left

Course DescriptionWe will read sections of Herodotus Book 1 dealing with the rise of Cyrus, king of Persia.  Herodotus's portrait of Cyrus overlaps with the themes of Greek myth and tragedy, and explores not only the character of Cyrus but the role of dreams, oracles and portents in human history. Note that this course covers different sections of book 1 than the regular spring course.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays at 4pm EST. This course starts on Thursday, April 2nd and will extend one extra session to May 4th.
Instructor: James Romm
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Latin: Sight Reading: Magical Medieval Latin - FULL

Each week students will practice sight reading a Medieval Latin text from a different author. Focus will be on stories about magical, fantastical or supernatural beings to help get our minds off what's going on in the world today. 
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: Thursdays at 7pm EST
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Instructor: Michael Sweet
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

Latin: Vergil - "Raising Acheron: Books 7-12 of the Aeneid"

“And if the heavens cannot be moved, I will raise hell instead!” With this vow of vengeance, Juno sets the tone for the dire world presented in the second half of the Aeneid. Rage, despair, and insatiable violence will characterize the Trojan ‘homecoming’ into Italy. The prophecies of the coming Roman age are fulfilled, but should the founding of the city be seen as a blessing or a curse for the world it is destined to rule? In this course, we will translate selected short passages across books 7-12, as well as read these books in their entirety in English. One day each week will be devoted to translation, and the other day to interpretive discussions. 

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays 3pm EST 
Instructor: George Saad
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: Carmina Burana

This course covers the Medieval poetry set to music in Carl Orff’s famous song cycle, “Carmina Burana.” We will read the poems in Latin, render them in English, and explore the cultures in which these masterpieces were produced. The course will emphasize the musical setting of the “Carmina Burana,” as well as the evolution of Latin poetry.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00pm EST
Instructor: R.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

LATIN: ERASMUS’S ENCOMIUM MORIAE

Participants in our reading group will read and translate the entirety of Erasmus’s Encomium Moriae sive Laus Stultitiae. In addition, we will look at excerpts from other works of Erasmus and his contemporaries to contextualize his Encomium.

Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 6:00pm EST
Instructor: R.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
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: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00am EST (Gallagher). Section 2: Mondays at 7:00pm EST (Sweet). 
InstructorDaniel Gallagher, Michael Sweet 
Tuition: $200 (section 1, 10 meetings), $100 (section 2, 5 meetings)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Cicero's "Pro Archia" - New section added

Course Description:  Though an oration of Cicero might sound too difficult for an intermediate conversational Latin class, it is hoped that participants will see how one can have a comprehensible, intermediate Latin conversation about an advanced, authentic text.  Each session we will converse for 15-20 minutes in Latin about our lives, passions, hobbies, opinions, etc., using questions containing key words and idioms from that week's assigned passage.  Then we will proceed to answer simple questions about each sentence, breaking the more intimidating periodic sentences into bite-sized chunks.  To aid with this "enodatio," the instructor will provide "sentence maps" that help separate the main and subordinate clauses.  By the end of the course, participants will have discussed and paraphrased an advanced Latin text in Latin and absorbed many Ciceronian idioms perfect for everyday conversation.  We will truly "mine" this text for spoken Latin guidance, as well as discuss the value of literature and history (the main theme of the confirmatio section).  Home preparation is essential for this class.
Level: This course is intended for those who could handle a Cicero oration in a grammar-translation class context but whose spoken Latin experience is perhaps only intermediate.
Textbook: It is highly recommended that you use Stephen Cerutti's edition with copious English notes and full vocabulary.  If this is a problem, any edition will do.  
Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00pm EST (Section 1, now full), Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:00pm EST (Section 2)
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 is full.

 

CONVERSATIONAL GREEK FOR BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE: AESOP'S FABLES - FULL

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.
TextbookInstructor will provide texts but C.T. Hadavas' Aesop's Fables (a selection) is recommended, especially for beginners.
ScheduleTuesdays and Fridays at 2:00 P.M. EST
InstructorDavid Ring
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

 

LATIN: CONVERSATIONAL CATULLUS

Join us as we discuss Catullus’s Carmina in Latin! No translation necessary. The aim of the course is, while engaging with the texts, to remain in the target language and fish out useful expressions for all manner of conversation! Let us live, let us love, and let us speak Latin!

Level: Intermediate and Advanced Latin students and teachers. No prior conversational experience is required, nor prior knowledge of Catullus or his Carmina.
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
Schedule: Fridays at 6:00pm EST
Instructor: R.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

 

 

Intensive Courses

 

These intensive Latin and Hebrew courses are offered for complete beginners.  They cover half the material our usual intensive courses do Telepaideia intensive courses use both traditional presentation of grammar in English and spoken teaching techniques. Depending on the duration of the shutdown, these courses may be extended to a second half in the summer.

INTENSIVE LATIN - PART ONE (FIVE WEEK) - BOTH SECTIONS FULL

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to the Latin language. It starts from the beginning and covers half of the material that our usual semester course covers. 
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Section 1: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana. Instructor will provide grammatical supplements. Section 2: Wheelock'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: Section 1: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2pm EST. Section 2: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 3pm EST. 
Instructor: Section 1: Michael Sweet; Section 2:Marcello Lippiello
Tuition: $500
Sections capped at: 5 students. Both sections are now full.

 

INTENSIVE BIBLICAL HEBREW - PART ONE (FIVE WEEK) - FULL

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
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. Order your textbook from Amazon upon registering--you will be able to participate in the first several days of class without it.
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9pm EST.
Instructor: W. David Nelson
Tuition: $500
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full.

 

 

 

 

MODERN LANGUAGE COURSES FOR CLASSICISTS

 

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

 

MODERN GREEK FOR CLASSICISTS

Course Description: A course designed for students who know Ancient Greek and would like to learn the modern Greek language.
Level: This course is intended for beginners with knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials and a book (Modern Greek for Classicists) will also be available for gated access online.
ScheduleMondays & Wednesdays at 12.00 EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
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.
Schedule: Thursdays 10am EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
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.
Level: This is a course of advanced Modern Greek translation.  
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleSundays at 1pm EST
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $100 (five meetings total)
Sections capped at: 5 students 

 

Special Courses

 

 

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: Monday and Thursday 9:00am EST. This course begins late, and will start on Thursday, April 2nd.
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Tuition: $200 (ten meetings total)
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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