Classical Greek is essentially the Attic Greek dialect spoken and written by the Athenians of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. A very large portion of the Ancient Greek texts that we possess today was written in this dialect. Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) was taught Attic Greek, and with the spread of his domain through his conquests, Attic Greek became the koine dialect – the common Greek world dialect.
York offers three levels of Classical Greek beyond the elementary level.
At the elementary level, you will gain a solid, fundamental knowledge of forms, vocabulary, syntax, and pronunciation that will prepare you to read Classical Greek texts in both prose and poetry.
The intermediate and advanced courses in the language will expand and deepen your knowledge and give you the ability to read in the original not only the great works of ancient Athenian writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Lysias, and Demosthenes, but also the koine Greek of the New Testament. Study of Attic Greek is also excellent preparation for reading earlier Greek works such as the epic poems of Homer and the history of the Persian Wars by Herodotus.