The Courses

Greek courses

Living Greek courses provide for once-weekly classroom lessons, along with some cultural weekends (6 weekends for the First year, and 2 weekends for the Second year).

Didactic offerings / Curriculum / Admission / Exams / Syllabus / Tuition fees / Bibliography / Dates and times

DIDACTIC OFFERINGS

Lessons:
Lessons primarily consist of the study of textbooks. Students will study the language (morphology, syntax, phraseology, etc.), always using the inductive-contextual method. Students are always involved in the lessons, participating actively and proactively, breaking through the barrenness of passive listening in a lively and productive environment.

Cultural weekends:
Cultural weekends offer the possibility for total language immersion, allowing students to become absorbed in an environment in which each moment of the day is lived out using the language of classical culture.
The First Year offers four intensive lessons (Saturday afternoon) and two didactical excursions  (Saturday afternoon). A one-day didactical excursion (Saturday afternoon) is planned for the Second Year, in addition to a two-day didactical excursion (Saturday and Sunday, including an overnight stay).
These activities alternate between moments of lessons, tours of archeological sites, the reading of classical texts, and recreational activities (which also take place in Greek).
The calendar of cultural weekends may be found on the Dates and Times page.

 

CURRICULUM

Linguistic Curriculum:
The complete language course consists of two academic years (October through May). It is also possible to attend only one year.
The First Year consists of progressive studies structured around three progressive units (A1 – A2 – B1), which immediately involve the student in the active written and oral use of the language.
The Second year is intended to perfect these linguistic studies, and is divided into three progressive units (B2 – C1 – C2).

Literary Curriculum:
Those who so desire may, upon completion of the two-year cycle, sign up for a Third Year, which is dedicated to the study of Greek literature. This course was not conceived merely for the study of literary history, but rather seeks to ensure that students have the opportunity to come into direct contact with texts in their original language, highlighting their literary, historical, artistic and philosophical elements.

 

ADMISSION

To participate in the First Year it is sufficient to submit a registration request. The only pre-requisite is a knowledge of the Greek alphabet. Students who do not yet know the alphabet may request, at the time of registration, a supplementary lesson, which will take place during the week prior to the beginning of the course.

To participate in the Second Year, it is necessary to have completed the First Year.
Those who have already studied Greek using the inductive-contextual method and already possess a solid level of competency in active Ancient Greek may participate in the Second Year without having attended the First Year, upon the condition that they pass the exam corresponding to the end of the First Year (equal to level B1) prior to the beginning of classes. Please note, however, that it is quite difficult to participate in the Second Year without having attended First Year classes, and we discourage students from choosing this option unless they have an extremely well-founded (active and passive) competency level in Ancient Greek.

To participate in the Greek Literature course, students must have participated in Second Year classes and passed the corresponding exam.

 

EXAMS

In order to guarantee our students an excellent education, the IICS requires that students pass an exam at the end of each unit throughout the academic year.
Each exam consists of four parts: comprehension of a written text, oral comprehension, the production of a written text, and a spoken test.

The First Year includes three exams (which correspond to the units A1, A2 and B1); during the Second Year there are three exams (units B2, C1 and C2).

From the A2 unit on, in order to take an exam it is necessary that students have already passed the preceding exam. Students who do not pass an exam must retake it prior to concluding the following unit, lest they become ineligible to continue the course.

The final exam is administered in the summer session (June); students who do not initially pass may retake the exam during the fall session (October).

Useful Information (for courses in 2018/19):

GREEK
Schedule:
First year: Wednesdays from 17:00 to 19:30 (+ 4 intensive classes on Saturday afternoon)
Second year: Mondays from 17:00 to 19:30
Literature course: Tuesday from 16:30 to 19:30
Duration:
First year: October 17, 2018 to May 22, 2019
Second year: October 15, 2018 to May 22, 2019
Literature course: from October 23, 2018 to May 21, 2019
Course Structure:
First year: 100 hours annually (28 classes + 4 intensive classes) + 2 cultural visits
Second year: 70 hours annually (28 classes) + 2 cultural visits
Literature course: 85 hours annually
Location:
Via Cosenza 7 – 00161 Rome (near the University “La Sapienza”)
Limited Enrollment
Fees:
from 299 € per semester
discounted fees and forms of payment

SYLLABUS

FIRST YEAR
(progressive, from A1 to B1)
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SECOND YEAR
(progressive, from B2 to C2)
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LITERATURE COURSE
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100 hours annually
(28 lessons + 4 intensive lessons) + 2 cultural excursions during the weekend
85 hours annually
(28 classroom lessons +
2 total-immersion weekends)
70 hours annually
(28 classroom lessons)
Pre-Requisites Knowledge of the Greek alphabet. Firm knowledge of all elements of Greek grammar contained in Level I. Ability to produce a simple text (oral and written) in the Greek language. Ability to comprehend any text in the Greek language by just by reading it.
(It is necessary to have successfully completed the Intermediate-Advanced Level).
Objectives Students will learn the principal notions of Greek grammar. They will be able to comprehend Greek texts of medium difficulty without needing to translate them.
(They will consequently acquire the ability to speak and write simple texts in Greek.)
Students will acquire the ability to comprehend in-depth Greek texts of a high level of difficulty just by reading them.
They will also acquire a solid familiarity with various authors of Greek literature.
(Consequently, they will acquire the ability to speak and write complex texts in Greek.)
Students will be presented with a wide selection of texts from Greek authors, which will be analyzed and commented during the lessons.
(Students will develop the ability to fluently write and speak Greek).

TUITION FEES

Supplementary lesson on the Greek alphabet (optional):
20 euros

First Year:
from 299 euros per semester

Second Year:
from 299 euros per semester

Literature Course:
from 299 euros per semester

Discounted fees and forms of payment

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The cost of textbooks is not included in tuition. It is of the utmost importance that students
are in possession of the textbook from the very beginning of the course. If they so desire, students may purchase their textbooks directly from our class facilities on the first day of class.

First Year
1. M. Balme – G. Lawall – L. Miraglia – T. F. Borri, Athénaze I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
2. C. Consoli, Meletémata I, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
3. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) from C. W. E. Peckett, A. R. Munday, Thrasymachus, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
4. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) of Greek classics, including passages from Homer, Aeschylus, Simonides and others

Recommended reading (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. W. H. D. Rouse, A Greek boy at home, Blackie & Son (view link)
2. E. Minguzzi, Imparare il greco. Grammatica e lessico di base, Cortina
3. G. Cauquil – J. Y. Guillaumin, Lessico essenziale di greco (a cura di F. Piazzi), Cappelli
4. P. Saffire – C. Freis, Ancient Greek alive, University of North Carolina

Second Year
1. M. Balme – G. Lawall – L. Miraglia – T. F. Borri, Athénaze II, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
2. C. Consoli, Meletémata II, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum
3. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) of Greek classics, including passages from Homer, Plato, Thucydides, Aristophanes and others

Recommended reading (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. L. Rocci, Grammatica greca, Società editrice Dante Alighieri
2. C.  Pharr, Homeric Greek, D. C. Heat & Co. (view link)
3. E. G. Jay, Grammatica greca del Nuovo Testamento (a cura di R. Calzezzhi-Onesti), BE Edizioni
4. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, Reading Greek, Cambridge University Press

Literature course
1. Homer, Odyssey
2. Plato, Phaedo
3. Excerpts from: Hesiod, Works and days; Longus, Dafnis and Chloe; Lucian, True story; Aristophanes, The clouds; Aeschylus, The Persians; Sophocles, Antigone; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics; Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus; Plato, Republic; Plutarc, Parallel lives; Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian war; Xenophon, Ellenica

DATES AND TIMES

First Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Wednesday from 17:00 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class* october 17, 2018
Last class may 22, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 26, 2018
january 02, 2019
april 24, 2019
may 01, 2019
Exams december 19, 2018 (unit: A1)
march, 27, 2019 (unit: A2)
may 26, 2019 (unit: B1 / Final exam)

* Students who do not yet know the Greek alphabet may, at the time of registration, request a supplementary lesson, which will take place on October 10, 2018 from 17:00 to 18:30.

CULTURAL WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 Sat November 17, 2018 (15:00-19:30)
2 Sat December 15, 2018 (15:00-19:30)
3 Sat March 23, 2019 (15:00-19:30)
4 Sat April 13, 2019 (15:00-19:00)
Didactical excursion: Rome
5 Sat May 11, 2019 (15:00-19:30)
6 Sun May 26, 2019 (10:00-19:00)
Didactical excursion: Ostia (RM)

Second Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Mondays from 17:00 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class october 15, 2018
Last class may 20, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 24, 2018
december 31, 2018
april 22, 2019
april 29, 2019
Exams december 2018 (unit: B2)
march 2019 (unit: C1)
june 2019 (unit: C2 / Final exam)
CULTURAL WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 Sat March 30, 2019 (15:00-19:00)
Didactical excursion: Rome
2 From Sat June 08, 2019 (12:00)
to Sun June 09, 2019 (21:00)
Pompei (NA) – Overnight in loco

Literature course

CLASS SCHEDULE 2018/19

Tuesdays from 16:30 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class october 16, 2018
Last class may 21, 2019
Holidays (No class) december 25, 2018
january 01, 2019
april 16, 2019
april 23, 2019
Exam june 13, 2019