Ancient Greek Beginner II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5124
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Non-degree Specialization: 
EMS—Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Gábor Buzási

SLTG 5124 - Ancient Greek Beginner II
Introduction to the language and culture of ancient Athens

 Language course, 3 credits
2016/17 Winter Term

Fridays 3:30 to 4:45 and 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Instructor: Gábor Buzási
Office Hours: before and after class or by appointment


Learning Ancient Greek at CEU

Ancient Greek is one of the most important source languages of Late Antique & Medieval Studies, Ancient Philosophy and Religious Studies. Whether your interest is in reading classical Greek texts in their own right, in studying their reception in the Middle Ages or, ultimately, in moving from classical texts towards Late Antique and Byzantine literature, a thorough training in ancient Greek will be the conditio sine qua non to pursue any of these goals.

Goals and learning outcomes. Participants of the course will gain a sound knowledge of the Ancient Greek language (Attic dialect), i.e. an ability to read, analyse and interpret primary source material written in Greek. After four terms (two years) of study – i.e., in time for PhD studies in most cases –, participants should be able to attend Greek Text Seminars or advanced classes in Classical and Byzantine Greek offered at CEU or in higher education institutions other than CEU.

Format. Each session begins with a short written test (five to ten minutes), in order to make sure that participants have thoroughly memorized the vocabulary and grammar of the previous session. Assigned homework is checked before we turn to texts and exercises. Regular homework is set; students should estimate that successful participation in these classes requires at least twice the amount of time outside the classroom than inside the classroom.

Reading. The classes are based on (A) the British Joint Association of Classical Teachers’ Greek course, Reading Greek, 2nd edn, 2007, which comes in two parts: (1) Text and Vocabulary; and (2) Grammar and Exercises; (B) Teach Yourself Ancient Greek by Gavin Betts and Alan Henry, 22003; and (C) excerpts from classical Greek authors.

This course is open for everyone. Basic knowledge of Ancient Greek is presupposed.

Assessment. Regular attendance (at least twenty sessions out of twenty four) is mandatory for everyone, including those who are registered only for Audit. (According to the SLTG Guidelines, students signed up for Audit who fail to meet this requirement will be given a W, or withdraw, grade.) Student performance will be assessed through short quizzes of five to ten minutes at the beginning of each session (altogether 55 %) and the final written exam (45 %). The prerequisite for Audit is that you submit all the exercises to be done at home; an additional requirement for Pass is a B (60%) for the Final Exam.



Week 1

Revision 1A-4D (Reading Greek)


Grammar and Exercises: The imperfect tense

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates corrupts the young” 1


Week 2

5 C-D

Grammar and Exercises: The future tense

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates corrupts the young” 2


Week 3

6 A–B

Grammar and Exercises: The aorist

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates corrupts the young” 3


Week 4

6 C–D

Grammar and Exercises: The second aorist

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates corrupts the young” 4


Week 5

7 A–C

Grammar and Exercises: The infinitive

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates and intellectual inquiry” 1


Week 6

7 D-F

Grammar and Exercises: Aorist participles

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates and intellectual inquiry” 2


Week 7

7 G-H

Grammar and Exercises: Second aorist participles; pronouns

Text and Vocabulary: “Socrates and intellectual inquiry” 3


Week 8

8 A-C

Grammar and Exercises: The genitive case; alternative comparative forms; the optative

Text and Vocabulary: “Aristophanes’ Birds and visions of Utopia”


Week 9

9 A-E

Grammar and Exercises: The dative case; time phrases; more optatives

Text and Vocabulary: “Aristophanes’ Wasps” 1


Week 10


Grammar and Exercises: Aorist infinitives and imperatives

Text and Vocabulary: “Aristophanes’ Wasps” 2


Week 11


Grammar and Exercises: Third person imperatives; future infinitives; root aorists

Text and Vocabulary: “Aristophanes’ Wasps” 3


Week 12

Revision Sections 5-9

Final Exam: Written translation of excerpts from readings and exercises 5A–9J without dictionary; grammatical analysis of highlighted words; written translation of a short unknown text with glossary.