Telepaideia Courses Summer 2020

Telepaideia classes are taught online in small groups. Our summer term runs for ten weeks: from the week of June 14th through August 22nd. Each class meeting lasts one hour. To enroll, please fill out the form linked at the bottom of the page and pay by credit card. Information about Google Meet technology and instructions on how to join the classes will be emailed in the week before the start of the class.

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

N.B - Because of the COVID-19 crisis, Paideia’s Living Latin and Greek summer programs for high school students and adults, which normally run in-person in Greece and Italy, are being run online in the month of July. These are intensive summer programs which are separate from the usual Telepaideia offerings listed below. They have a different scheduling and enrollment process. To learn more about these programs, please visit their dedicated page.

To register for a Telepaideia course, please fill out enrollment form below  and pay by credit card or ACH transfer. There are no refunds for Telepaideia courses, but tuition credit can be applied to a future semester. If you would like to take a Telepaideia course, but cannot afford it, limited scholarships are available. Please apply to the Reginald Foster Fund and mention which course you would like to take. If you have any questions, please email info@paideia-institute.org.

 

Reading Courses

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

Greek: Plotinus

Course Description: This class reads two of Plotinus' treatises via the commentary on Enneads I.6 and V.1 by Sarah Klitenic Wear aimed to make Plotinus accessible to intermediate readers of Greek. We shall study the treatises over a series of Telepaideia terms. Students may join the course at the beginning of any term without having participated in previous terms. We'll begin the Summer 2020 term in V.1.6 (page 172 of the book). In session we read the Greek, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Wear, S. K. (2017) Plotinus on Beauty and Reality: A Reader for Enneads I.6 and V.1
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Tuition: $250
Instructor: David Hewett
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Greek and Latin: Science in Antiquity - new section added 

Course Description: What if you were told that the first computer was built before Julius Caesar was born? Or that the nervous system in your body was first described by a second-century Greek doctor? Or that the distance between the sun and the earth was known to a librarian in ancient Alexandria? This course will introduce you to the scientific traditions of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing on Greek and Roman science from early cosmology to the age of Galen — with comparative forays into the Near East and ancient China. You will become acquainted with scientific writers like Archimedes, Aristarchus, Celsus, Euclid, Hippocrates, Ptolemy, and many more. We will read and discuss ancient sources in various scientific domains such as physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, and astronomy, with a particular emphasis on the epistemic and philosophical underpinnings of ancient scientific thought. This course will also help you familiarize yourself with using digital tools for the analysis of ancient texts. NB: Texts can be read in the original language or in English translation. During class time, we shall comment on the source texts in English and discuss any subject of interest to the group. Secondary readings are recommended but not required.
Level: This course is open to students at all levels. No prior knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. EDT (section 1), Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT (section 2)
Tuition: $250
Instructor: Marco Romani Mistretta
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 is now full.

Greek and Latin: Ancient Greek Music - FULL

Course Description: The aim of this course is to explore Ancient Greek Music through many of the ancient descriptions, depictions and documents that have formed our understanding of ancient Greek music. Participants will read excerpts from Greek (and Latin) theoretical treatises, examine depictions from artifacts, and work with some of the earliest scores to come down to us, in order to bring to life this vibrant musical culture.
Level: This course is open to students at all levels. No prior knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Tuition: $250
Instructor: RJ Parsons-McCrackin
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Greek: 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. After reading fragments and aphorisms from Xenophanes and Heraclitus (known even in his lifetime as the obscure one, ho skoteinos), we will read the surviving parts of Parmenides’s philosophical poem about being. As time permits, and according to student interest, we will then explore other thinkers such as Anaxagoras, Empedocles, and Democritus.
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.
Textbook: The instructor will provide the texts and recommend supplementary readings as appropriate. The texts we will be considering can all be found in M. R. Wright, The Presocratics (Bristol Classical Press, 1985), but students may find that the editor oscillates between giving too little help and too much.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT
Tuition: $250
InstructorJosé Luis Bermúdez
Sections capped at: 5 students.

 

Greek: Herodotus Book 3 - FULL

Course DescriptionWe will read the section of Herodotus Book 3 dealing with Cambyses, about 40 chapters.  This section is tightly focused on a single narrative thread and contains a great sampling of the elements of Herodotus's text:  geography, ethnography, political thought, and the richly textured character portrait of a mad king.  We'll discuss a few important themes of the text while spending most of our time on grammar and style.
Textbook: Students should purchase Stephen Newmyer's text and commentary on Book 3 in the Bryn Mawr commentaries series.  A word list will be provided covering less familiar vocabulary.
Schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorJames Romm
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Greek: Homer's Odyssey - The Mnesterophonia - FULL

Course Description: The Odyssey at long last reaches its climax when the new stranger in Ithaca asks for an attempt at the contest of Odysseus' bow. In this Greek reading group, we shall read, translate, and discuss much of book 21 and book 22 of the Odyssey (about 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 intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorMarcello Lippiello
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

GREEK: LUCIAN'S "TRUE STORIES" - Episode 3: The Adventure Continues (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 at the beginning of Book 2 and will read approximately half of the same.
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: Sundays at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

GREEK: PLATO'S REPUBLIC, BOOK 1 - FULL

Course DescriptionThis class is an exercise in "slow reading": its aim is not to go as far as possible but to get as much as possible out of every line as regards both the nuances of grammar/syntax and the logic of the argument. NB: It is a continuation of previous reading classes on the same text. We'll resume at ... [loc. TBA, depending on where the current class ends]; new students are expected to have read thus far at least in a translation. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 8:00pm EDT
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

GREEK: NICOMACHEAN ETHICS, BOOK 2  

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. NB: It is a continuation of the previous reading class on the same text. We'll resume at ... [loc. TBA, depending on where the current class ends]; new students are expected to have read thus far at least in a translation. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm EDT
InstructorArkadi Choufrine
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. 

 

Greek Sight Reading: Homer and Hesiod - Full

Course Description: In this course students will get regular practice and training in reading at sight, with no preparation. We will practice sight reading as a discipline, exercise, and habit of mind, with the aim of producing a more immediate & intuitive understanding of the text. In session, we will read the Greek, render the meaning of the Greek in English, and discuss methods of understanding, with special focus on the music and architecture of Greek sentences. In contrast to previous terms that drew from a variety of time periods, this term begins a series of sessions with a narrower focus on time periods. This course will draw from the works of Homer and Hesiod, as well as Homeric and Hesiodic texts
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Latin: Quintilian - Institutio Oratoria - FULL

Course Description: We will read in Latin selections from Books 1 and 2 of Quintilian's delightful treatise on the education of the perfect orator. Should children learn Greek first or Latin? Should the future orator be homeschooled or attend public school? Are music and geometry a waste of time? Is rhetoric useful or isn't it? We'll read Quintilian's opinions on these and other questions and give special attention to the means of persuasion he uses to promote his program.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: The text may be found online.
Schedule: Mondays 8:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Rosalie Stoner
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Latin: Catullus - Poem 64 ("Peleus and Thetis") and the Longer Poems - FULL

Course Description: Though Catullus is mostly known for his shorter polymetrics and elegiacs, his masterpiece is his "little epic," poem 64 in the Catullan corpus, in which the wedding of Peleus and Thetis frames a portrayal of Ariadne's abandonment by Theseus. In this poem Catullus follows in the tradition of his Roman epic predecessors Ennius and Lucretius, as well as Hellenistic Greek poets, and in turn influenced Virgil a generation later. Time permitting, after finishing poem 64 we will look at some of the so-called "longer poems" of Catullus.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Latin. Textbook: Daniel Garrison's A Student's Catullus; or Robinson Ellis' Commentary to Catullus (the latter available as a PDF)
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David J. White
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

 

Latin: Horace - Selected Satires - FULL

Course Description: Horace's Satires--in Latin "Sermones," or Conversations--are essays in verse, in which Horace discusses daily life, his friends and acquaintances, food, the writing of poetry, and many other aspects of his life and opinions. We see a different, more chatty side of Horace than we are used to seeing in the Odes. Horace is a witty, loquacious, opinionated companion who artfully tells us a great deal about his daily life, his work, and his companions, including contemporary poets he knew. daily life, his work, and his companions, including contemporary poets he knew.
Level: This course is intended to students with intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Edward Morris, Horace: Satires and Epistles; or James Kirkland, Horace: Satires and Epistles (both available as a PDF)
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David J. White
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Latin: Augustine's Confessions - FULL

Course Description: In this course students will read continuously through the text of Augustine’s Confessions beginning with Book 1. We will do a close reading of the text, discuss important thematic content, and seek to understand the grammar and rhetoric. 
Level: This course is intended to students with intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Students may use the text found at The Latin Library
Schedule: Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Andy Montgomery
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Latin: Erasmus - Colloquia Familiara - FULL

Course Description: In this course, we will read selections from 16th-century humanist Erasmus’ Colloquies. Erasmus himself had hoped that his collection would make students better Latinists. So, too, is this the hope of this intermediate-reading course. Erasmus writes in Ciceronian dialogue form, but attends to the differing levels of ability that students would have as they progressed through humanist grammar schools. In this course we will begin with Erasmus’ shorter dialogues in the Colloquies, like Sports (De lusu) and Rash Vows (De votis temere susceptis), in order to work-up to passages from longer (and more famous) dialogues, like Ciceronianus and the Convivium Religiosum.
Level: This course is intended to students with intermediate reading knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will supply materials from Erasmi Opera Omnia, I-3 Ordinis primi tomus tertius (1972) and glosses for unfamiliar vocabulary.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Maddie Forbes
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

LATIN: THE GOSPEL OF MARK - Full

Course Description: In this course, students will be reading Jerome’s Latin translation of the Gospel of Mark in its entirety. Because of Jerome’s very accessible style, students comfortable doing so are encouraged to take the course as a no-prep sight-reading class, though students may also prepare the readings if they see fit. The goal is to create a very low-stress reading environment.
Level: This course is intended for intermediate students who have finished at least one year of Latin grammar.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: AnnMarie Patterson
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Latin: Ausonius, Cupido Cruciatur & Mosella - Full

Course Description: This course reads two of Ausionius' poems, Cupido Cruciatur & Mosella. In the first, Ausonius describes a painting that depicts lovelorn women torturing Cupid in the Vergilian underworld. Through this subject, Ausonius explores topics of love, grief, memory, responsibility, punishment, release, and dream. In the second, 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 each 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 these two excellent poems.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Mondays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

LATIN: VERGIL - "RAISING ACHERON: BOOKS 7-12 OF THE AENEID" - Full

Course Description: “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 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: George Saad
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

LATIN: FUX’S GRADUS AD PARNASSUM

Course Description: In this course, participants will read Johannes Fux’s charming didactic dialog on contrapuntal composition. Originally published in 1725 in the internationally accessible language of Latin, Fux’s Gradus has shaped Western music theory and composition for generations. It is a foundational text for any musician interested in studying harmony and counterpoint. 
Level: This course is ideal for lovers of Neo-Latin, musicians, and lovers of music with at least 2 years (4 semesters) of Latin and a solid grasp of grammatical constructions and vocabulary. Ability to read staff notation will also come in handy! 
Textbook: Text will be provided by the instructor.
Schedule: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: R.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Latin: STRESS-FREE ROMAN HISTORY, PART II - FULL

Course description: In this stress-free course, we will translate and discuss books 6–10 of Eutropius’ Breviarium Historiae Romanae, often considered the easiest ancient Latin text; this will allow students to boost their competence and confidence in translation, as well as provide a survey of the second half of Roman history. Students are encouraged (but not required) to read the text at sight, with no prior preparation.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: The text of Eutropius’ Breviarium is available online at The Latin Library.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Tyler Patterson
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Latin Sight Reading: Latin of the Mid-Republic

Course Description: In this reading group, students will get regular practice and training in reading at sight, with no preparation. We will practice sight reading as a discipline, exercise, and habit of mind, with the aim of producing a more immediate & intuitive understanding of the text. In session, we will read the Latin, render the meaning of the Latin in English, and discuss methods of understanding, with special focus on the music and architecture of Latin sentences. In contrast to previous terms that drew from a variety of time periods, this term begins a series of sessions with a narrower focus on time periods. This course on the Latin of the Mid-Republic will draw from the works of Plautus, Terence, Cato the Elder and from fragments of Ennius, Lucilius, and others, as well as early Latin inscriptions.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students


Latin: Seneca's Letters - full

Course Description: This class reads Seneca's Epistulae Morales. We shall read the text in order over a series of Telepaideia terms. Students may join the course at the beginning of any term without having participated in previous terms. We'll begin the Summer 2020 term at Letter 8.7. In session we read the Latin, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. The text is available here.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Hewett
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Liturgical Latin - full

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 summer course. Thus this course will be limited to the study of the Roman Missal, which can only be partially covered. Subsequent summer courses will continue where this course leaves off.
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: Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: William Torchia
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

CONVERSATIONAL LATIN AND GREEK

Conversational Latin for Beginners

Course Description: The 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: Section 1: Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Section 2: Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. EDT, Section 3: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Section 4: Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ilse van Rooyen (Section 1 and 2), Michael Sweet (Section 3) R.J. Parsons-McCrackin (Section 4)
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. Sections 1 and 3 are full.

 

CONVERSATIONAL GREEK FOR BEGINNERS - Full

Course Description: In 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 2:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL GREEK

Course Description: This Ancient Greek conversation class is designed to allow participants with an advanced working knowledge to practice speaking Greek as an active language. The discussions will include a number of subjects like the importance of myths and cultural memory in ancient societies based on the example of Roman mythology; but also different aspects of religion, history, politics and philosophy will be discussed. Thus, the students will practice the active use of the language and increase their vocabulary in these topics. 
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Sundays at 12:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorZoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Reading the Vulgata Clementina & Legenda Aurea

Course Description: Students in this course will practice speaking Latin and working through selections of the Clementine version of the Latin vulgate, a translation of the old and new testament into Latin, and selections from the lives of Saints found in the Golden Legend/Legenda Aurea/Legenda Sanctorum. No familiarity with Medieval Latin or Ecclesiastical texts is required, but students should be comfortable getting through the basic social niceties in Latin.
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Thursday 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Michael Sweet
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Intermediate Conversational Latin: Cicero's Philippics - Full

Course Description: Cicero's Philippics – his fierce denunciations of Mark Antony delivered after the assassination of Julius Caesar – offer an insight into one of the most turbulent times in Roman – and world – history. Reading and talking about these orations Latine with close attention to their rhetorical style and historical context will reveal their political potency, which led directly to Cicero's own politically motivated murder.
Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Schedule: Monday 9:00 a.m. EDT
Instructor: Daniel Gallagher
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL LATIN: CICERO'S LETTERS

Course Description: Cicero's style in his letters has always been the gold standard source for conversational Latin. Though a work 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. By the end of the course, participants will have discussed and paraphrased advanced Latin in Latin and absorbed many Ciceronian idioms perfect for everyday conversation. We will truly "mine" this text for spoken Latin guidance, as well as engage in thoughtful reading of the text. Home preparation is essential for this class.
Level: This course is intended for those who could handle Cicero in a grammar-translation class context but whose spoken Latin experience is perhaps only intermediate.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials and can also provide audio recordings to those interested.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. EDT (Section 1), Sundays at 1:00 p.m. EDT (Section 2).
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 is now full.

 

Advanced Conversational Latin: Colloquia Philosophica

Course Description: In this course, besides normal discourse, we will discuss and debate various theoretical controversiae with an eye toward ancient philosophy. Occasionally, we will read texts before the class to prepare for discussion. All discussants should be prepared to share their perspectives with other participants to engage in lively and civil discussion. We will consider how we can use these perspectives to better our own lives.
Level: This course is intended for advanced Latin speakers.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials. 
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Andrew Morehouse
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Advanced Conversational Latin: Suetonius' Life of Nero

Course Description: Nero, 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 Tacitus' account in the Annales which is only partially preserved - the best source is Suetonius' famous biography of Nero. In this course, students will read and discuss this work 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.
ScheduleFridays at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Zoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Advanced Conversational Latin: Horace's Odes

Course Description: Horace’s Odes, written in a dazzling array of Greek lyric meters, a pinnacle of technical virtuosity. They also shed light on the social and political struggles that rocked the end of the republic and brought about the transformation of the Roman World during the rise of Augustus’ principate. In this course, we will read selections from all four books of Odes, and discuss their meter and diction, historical and political significance, and literary merits. This course will be conducted latine and is designed for advanced Latin speakers.
Schedule: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online.
InstructorJason Pedicone
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Beginning-Intermediate Conversational Ancient Greek: Classical and Biblical Proverbs 

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 several pagan or Biblical proverbs with the aid of pictures in each session 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. This class will cover proverbs and topics not covered in the proverbs class of the previous term.
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: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT (Section 1) and Sundays at 8:00 p.m. EDT (Section 2).
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 2 is now full.

 


Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Ancient Greek: Lucian's Funniest Dialogues, vol. 2 (PG-13!)

Course Description: The love-life of redneck, independent country singer, Polyphemus; philosophers, dictators, and gold-diggers in the underworld; a dinner seating chart showdown between Mr. Toxic Masculinity Himself, Hercules, and Asclepius, the alternative medicine provider; the xenophobic god, Momus, trying to "Make Olympus Great Again": the funniest of Lucian's satirical dialogues are quite funny. They are also teeming with fantastic idioms for speaking Ancient Greek. Participants will not only read, paraphrase, and savor the text together, but also use the vocabulary and idioms in it to have personalized conversation about their lives, passions, likes, dislikes, opinions, etc. This class will read different dialogues than that of the previous term.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek and at least intermediate proficiency in speaking Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Whenever possible we will use the Nimis and Hayes editions, which have copious notes in English. These are all available as free pdfs. The instructor can provide these, as well as Rouse's edition with notes written in Ancient Greek.
Schedule: Sundays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: David Ring
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Advanced Conversational Greek: Xenophon's Ἀπομνημονεύματα

Course Description: Xenophon, 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 first 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:Fridays at 12 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Zoltán Tomkó
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

INTENSIVE COURSES

These intensive Latin, Greek and Hebrew courses are offered for complete beginners. Telepaideia intensive courses use both traditional presentation of grammar in English and spoken teaching techniques. 

Intensive Latin 

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to the Latin language. 
Textbook: Section 1 and 3: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana. Instructor will provide grammatical supplements. Section 2 and 4: Wheelock's Latin (be sure to purchase the 7th edition) and Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes Recommended:1) Wheelock Workbook, 1) Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana and 2) other supplementary readers and workbooks as featured on Wheelock's website
Schedule: Section 1: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Section 2: MTWR at 3:00 p.m. EDT.  Section 3: MTWR at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Section 4: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 11:00 a.m.EDT
Instructor: Michael Sweet (section 1), Marcello Lippiello (section 2), Albert Requejo (section 3), Nancy Vander Veer (section 4)
Tuition: $1250
Sections capped at: 5 students. Section 1 is now full.

 

Intensive Greek - FULL

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Ancient Greek.
Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Section 1: Learn to Read Greek Parts 1&2 (and their accompanying workbooks) by Keller and Russell (here and here).  Section 2 and 3:  Balme, Lawall, and Morewood's Athenaze Book 1 & Book 2 (2nd or 3rd edition), recommended: Athenaze Workbook 1 & Workbook 2.  
Schedule: Section 1: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m EDT (1 hour and twenty minutes, 3 times per week). Section 2: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. EDT (1 hour, 4 times per week),  Section 3: : Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m EDT (1 hour and twenty minutes, 3 times per week)
Instructor: Section 1: David Hewett Section 2: Marcello Lippiello Section 3: Sebastian Anderson
Tuition: $1250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Intensive Biblical Hebrew - Intermediate

Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
Level: This course is intended for beginners with some working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew. It will begin where the current Intensive Hebrew 2 (five week) course ends.
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 9:00 p.m. EDT.
Instructor: W. David Nelson
Tuition: $1250 
Sections capped at: 5 students 

MODERN LANGUAGE COURSES FOR CLASSICISTS

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

 

GERMAN FOR CLASSICISTS 

Course Description: This course is designed for those with an intermediate knowledge of the language. Texts are tailored to the interests of the students involved, and can include anything from poetry to classical scholarship.
Level: This course is designed for students with a background in Classical languages.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
ScheduleSundays at 4:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorJochen Schultheiß
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students 

 

MODERN GREEK FOR CLASSICISTS

Course Description: A course designed for students who know Ancient Greek and would like to learn the modern Greek language.
Level: This course is intended for beginners with knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials and a book (Modern Greek for Classicists) will also be available for gated access online.
ScheduleMondays & Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $250
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 10:00 a.m. EDT
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $250
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 1:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorIlias Kolokouris
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students 

 

FOR TEACHERS

 

Teaching Latin to Beginners Online Using LLPSI - Full

Course Description:Join us to read and discuss teaching the opening chapters of Familia Romana Book 1 of Ørberg's Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read together, with a view to explaining text and grammar to beginning level students. Students should have a copy of the text, either the ebook or any edition of the paper book.
Schedule: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
InstructorLaura Manning
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students. This course is now full. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

Vergil's Aeneid Book VI for Teachers

Course Description: Join us to discuss Book 6 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.
Schedule: Mondays at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
Instructor: Laura Manning
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses for Teachers - Book 1

Join us to discuss Book 1 of the Metamorphoses in Latin, as Latin. No translation. We will employ such techniques as paraphrase and summary as we read Book 1 together, and we will discuss selected points from the text using various prompts. Feel free to use any copy of the text.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the teacher and freely available online
InstructorLaura Manning
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

Beginning Conversational Latin for Teachers: Online Edition - Full

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 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorLaura Manning 
Tuition: $250 
Sections capped at: 5 students. 5 students. This course is now full. To add yourself to the waitlist for this course, click here.

 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

 

Latin: Scansion Bootcamp

Course Description: 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 or advanced knowledge of Latin
Textbook: Materials will be provided by the instructor.
Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. EDT
InstructorR.J. Parsons-McCrackin
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

 

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).
ScheduleThursday 12:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Isabella Bonati
Tuition: $250
Sections capped at: 5 students

Crash Course Decameron: Italian Reading Group

Course Description: The next chapter of our  5-week crash course in Boccaccio's Decameron, offered over the Spring II term. We will continue reading selections from the author's "Galeotto," in deepening dialogue with its intellectual, aesthetic, and historical contexts. Newcomers are welcome, though they are encouraged to reach out to the instructor at hook@paideia-institute.org.
Level:  Reading knowledge of Italian helpful, but not necessary.
Textbook: Recommended edition for English-readers is Wayne Rebhorn’s translation. Recommended edition for Italian readers is Quondam, Fiorilla, Alfano (2013). Other versions of the text, both English and Italian, are available free of charge at Brown’s Decameron Web site.
ScheduleThursday 6:00 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Kristen Hook
Tuition: $250
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 or ACH transfer. There are no refunds for Telepaideia courses, but tuition credit can be applied to a future semester. If you would like to take a Telepaideia course, but cannot afford it, limited scholarships are available. Please apply to the Reginald Foster Fund and mention which course you would like to take. If you have any questions, please email info@paideia-institute.org.

 

 

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