Online Courses in Ancient Greek

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Elementary Ancient Greek

Course DescriptionGreek 1101 and Greek 1102

An intensive introduction to classical Greek, with emphasis on basic grammar and syntax. Reading of simple prose and poetry. Classical Greek is also excellent preparation for Homeric and biblical Greek.

Our objective in these courses is to gain a fundamental and detailed understanding of Greek grammar and syntax in order to achieve beginning reading comprehension of works in Greek. Please note that we are not learning conversational Ancient Greek; our task, rather, is to take the first steps towards reading and understanding the language of Sophocles, Plato, Sappho, Demosthenes, and the New Testament.

Learn At Your Own PaceTake traditional courses or spread out modular courses over time.

Intensive Option

We offer beginning ancient Greek online during the summer in two five-week, 4-credit classes, Greek 1101 and Greek 1102.

  • GREK 1101: Elementary Ancient Greek. 5 weeks, 4 credit hours
  • GREK 1102: Elementary Ancient Greek. 5 weeks, 4 credit hours

These two courses constitute a full traditional year of Greek.

Modular Option

We also offer an option where those same two 4-credit courses, totaling 8 credits, are available as 8 sequential modules, and you can choose to enroll in only as many modules as you want to complete in a session.

  • GREK 1111: Elementary Ancient Greek I, 1st module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1112: Elementary Ancient Greek I, 2nd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1113: Elementary Ancient Greek I, 3rd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1114: Elementary Ancient Greek I, 4th module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1121: Elementary Ancient Greek II, 1st module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1122: Elementary Ancient Greek II, 2nd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1123: Elementary Ancient Greek II, 3rd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1124: Elementary Ancient Greek II, 4th module. 1 credit hour

Ancient Greek Courses

Elementary Ancient Greek 1 - GREK 101

GREK 1101: Elementary Ancient Greek I

Schedule

  • GREK 1101: 5 weeks, 4 credit hours

OR take these modules in sequence, starting in any session throughout the year:

  • GREK 1111:  1st module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1112:  2nd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1113:  3rd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1114:  4th module. 1 credit hour

Sessions for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Fall A: Aug 22 – Oct 11, 2024
Fall B: Oct 21 – Dec 13, 2024
Spring A: Jan 16 – Mar 7, 2025
Spring B: Mar 17 – May 6, 2025
Summer A: May 26 – Jul 1, 2025
Summer B: Jul 14 – Aug 15, 2025

Textbook: Greek: An Intensive Course by Hardy Hansen and Gerald Quinn.
ISBN: 9780823216635

Software: Students will need to enable the Polytonic Greek keyboard on their computers, which comes standard on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

GREK 1101 Syllabus (PDF)

Elementary Ancient Greek 2 - GREK 102

GREK 1102: Elementary Ancient Greek II

Schedule

  • GREK 1102: 5 weeks, 4 credit hours

OR take these modules in sequence, starting in any session throughout the year:

  • GREK 1121:  1st module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1122:  2nd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1123:  3rd module. 1 credit hour
  • GREK 1124:  4th module. 1 credit hour

Sessions for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Fall A: Aug 22 – Oct 11, 2024
Fall B: Oct 21 – Dec 13, 2024
Spring A: Jan 16 – Mar 7, 2025
Spring B: Mar 17 – May 6, 2025
Summer A: May 26 – Jul 1, 2025
Summer B: Jul 14 – Aug 15, 2025

Textbook: Greek: An Intensive Course by Hardy Hansen and Gerald Quinn.
ISBN: 9780823216635

Software: Students will need to enable the Polytonic Greek keyboard on their computers, which comes standard on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

GREK 1102 Syllabus (PDF)

Your Instructor

Amy Cohen

Amy R. CohenCatherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Speech and Theatre, Professor of Classics

B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Stanford University

My doctoral work focused on the interpretive implications of doubling and the three-actor convention in Greek tragedy. At Randolph, my students and I put that work on its feet by continuing the R-MWC Greek Play tradition, begun in 1909 by Greek Professor Mabel K. Whiteside. Directing the plays provides insight into the realities facing the ancient playwrights, and my research continues to argue that you cannot understand the plays without understanding how they were played. I have now directed 12 productions using original practices, 11 in the Whiteside Greek Theatre on campus and one in Greece as part of the 2009 summer travel seminar, “Practical Wisdom: Philosophy and Drama in Greece.”
Although Greek drama is my specialty, I love teaching any course that leads students into an understanding of ancient literature and culture, in translation or in the original language. I haven’t met an obscure grammatical term I don’t love, and I do my best to inspire your passion for them as well in my ancient Greek courses. I also try to help students remember that the point of learning that declension or conjugation is to be able to read the words of the ancients, and to draw us that much closer to understanding them and their importance to us.

What Our Students Say

“When doing a translation with Dr. Cohen’s supervision, it feels as if she is sitting right beside you every step of the way. Videos on the material alongside reading each chapter of Hansen and Quinn gave me a fairly good grasp of each concept even if I was not automatically picking up on everything that was going on immediately. I wanted to learn Ancient Greek in order to read original texts written by Plato and other Greek philosophers; I feel like I’m getting closer to that goal everyday.”
– Evan Pausic ’21

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