Ancient Greek Intermediate II

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5324
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 5324 - Ancient Greek Intermediate II
An intensive course in the language and culture of ancient Greece 

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 in 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. In the classes we read excerpts of ancient Greek texts, chosen with respect to the preferences and interest of the participants. This semester starts with Plato's Symposium.


Ancient Greek Intermediate I


The course is open for everyone with a sound knowledge of Ancient Greek morphology (declensions, conjugation of the regular verb).


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, and some longer tests based on the texts discussed and translated in the class. 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 tests.