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Classical Greek

Discover the history, culture and literature of Ancient Greece by learning to read Classical Greek, the language of the Athenians of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. Classical Greek evolved into koine Greek which became the common Greek language throughout the Mediterranean world and the distant ancestor of Modern Greek.

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 by writers such as Plato and Sophocles.

Studying Classical Greek is an excellent preparation for reading earlier Greek literature such as the epic poems of Homer and later Greek works such as the New Testament, which was written in koine Greek. You will also find that your knowledge of English vocabulary will benefit from studying Classical Greek which is the original source of many scientific words in the language.

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics will not be offering in-person classes this semester.

When registering in our courses, you will be presented with the following options: 

  • Online courses. All elements of these courses will be offered online without any fixed meeting time. You can do them at the time of your choosing (Asynchronously).
  • Remote courses. These courses will be delivered in real time via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform at the times indicated in the York Courses website (Synchronously). Some of these courses will have both real-time and non-real-time components. All real-time components will also be recorded and made available to students who could not attend. 

Course Offered:

AP/GK 1000 6.0
Elementary Classical Greek

Description: This course is designed for those who have little or no training in Classical Greek. In this course, students acquire the fundamentals of reading Classical Greek through practice with translation, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, composition, and pronunciation. There are daily exercises and drills in class to solidify knowledge of forms and syntax.


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