Ancient Greek Beginner II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5124
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
8 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
Non-degree Specialization: 
EMS—Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Sámuel Gábor

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

Language course, 3 credits
2017/18 Winter Term 

Instructor: Sámuel Gábor

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 (75 minutes, twice a week) 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 the British Joint Association of Classical Teachers’ Greek course, Reading Greek, 2nd ed, 2007, which comes in two parts: (1) Text and Vocabulary; and (2) Grammar and Exercises; but short phrases and excerpts of real Greek texts are also included.



Ancient Greek Beginner II

The course is a continuation of Ancient Greek Beginner I.


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, the final written exam (based on all the grammar and vocabulary learnt during the semester), and the translation and analysis of a passage in Greek chosen by each participant for herself/himself and scrutinized independently. 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 (participles)

4 C-D (Reading Greek): Present participle forms (active and middle), 3g nouns


Week 2

5 A-B: imperfect indicative (active and middle), augments; position of adjectives


Week 3

5 C-D: future indicative (active and middle), future of the verbs 'to be' and 'to go'


Week 4

6 A-B: First aorist indicative (active and middle); aspect; 3h nouns


Week 5

6 C-D: Second aorist indicative (active and middle); interrogatives; indirect speech


Week 6

7 A-C: present infinitives (active and middle); verbs taking infinitives; comparative and superlative adjectives, past if the verb 'to go'


Week 7

7 D-F: First aorist participles (active and middle), aspect in participles, past forms of the verbs 'to know' and 'to say'.


Week 8

7 G-H: Second aorist participles (active and middle); pronouns; the verb 'to be able to'


Week 9

8 A-B: The genitive case, the moods


Week 10

8 C: The optative

9 A-B: The dative case


Week 11

9 C-E: Time phrases; optative forms; principal parts


Week 12

9 F-G: Aorist infinitives; aspect in the infinitive; aorist imperatives, vocatives, the adjective 'all'; present imperative forms

Revision (4-9)