Classical Greek 1: module 1

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 06/07/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:10
Location: Online

An introduction to the basics of Classical Greek. Based on 'Reading Greek' (2nd edition, 2 vols, Cambridge University Press).

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

You will familiarise yourself with basic grammatical structures and vocabulary which will allow you to read sentences and simple text in ancient Greek. A great introduction for anyone willing to start familiarising him/herself with Ancient Classical Greek (5th Century B.C.). The scope of the method we will use, Reading Greek, JACT, is great for those willing to start accessing texts from Plato, Thucydides and some of the 5th century prose writers and orators (Lysias, Demosthenes, Isocrates), among other texts.

This is a live online face-to-face course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We shall start by becoming more familiar with the Greek alphabet. We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult beginners, based on original Greek sources. We shall start at section 1A. Students will read adapted passages from works by Plato, Aristophanes etc. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives, prepositions and adverbs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate some knowledge of the Greek alphabet
- demonstrate some knowledge of definite article
- demonstrate some knowledge of the declension of adjectives
- demonstrate some knowledge of present tense (indicative, imperative)
- demonstrate knowledge of verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to know’
- demonstrate some knowledge of the structure of Greek
- have some insight into the derivation of English words.
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece.
- being able to read simple sentences and texts written in Attic Classical Greek.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for beginners although those who have some previous knowledge of Greek may wish to join for revision purposes. It would be helpful if students had already learnt the Greek alphabet. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Whole class work and group work. Translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. Spoken Greek may be used during lessons, for the purposes of boosting learning, although students’ speaking skills will not be assessed. Students are expected to take part in oral classroom activities and to do about 2 hours’ homework per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, Cambridge University Press), 2nd edition - 2 vols: Text and Vocabulary (ISBN: 9780521698511); Grammar and Exercises (ISBN: 9780521698528). Some copies are available in the Library for use during this course. Further materials to be provided by the teacher in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Classical Greek 1: module 2.


Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

Write a review

Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Requires quite a lot of effort but is very rewarding
Course Rating
Review by anon / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
The course is really interesting - it’s fascinating to study Greek and I have understood much more about language structure and development
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
Great tutor and well-paced class, as long as I keep up with the homework and revising at home.
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now finished

Course Code: RG361

Please choose another course date

Finished Mon, eve, 20 Apr - 06 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.