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Greek language

The objective of the first year is an in-depth study of the most important linguistic phenomena of 5th century Attic Greek. The second year addresses the learning the most complex syntactic structures and the stylistic and rhetoric uses of the literary language. Moreover, at the end of the studies, the student will have learnt circa 5,000 Greek words that cover roughly 98% of the lexicon used in Classic literature.

Didactic offerings / Curriculum / Admission / Exams / Titles released / Syllabus / Academic fees / Bibliography / Dates and times

LESSONS IN PRESENCE AND IN LIVE STREAMING

INFO COVID-19

  1. The IISC guarantees that students will have their own desks in the classroom and they will be distanced from other students; classrooms and educational supplies will be sanitized, according to all the health measures on Covid-19;
  2. Before entering the classroom, students will have their body temperature taken and an hand sanitizer will be provided by the IISC.
  3. If the government and the public health authorities were to decide for a new stop of the teaching activities, the IISC will hold its classes online.

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 three didactical excursions  (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning). A two-day didactical excursion (Saturday and Sunday, including an overnight stay) is planned for the Second Year.
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 four progressive units (A1 – A2 – B1 – B2), 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 two progressive units (C1 – C2).

Literary Curriculum:
To complete studies, those who desire may also sign up for a course entirely 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 B2) 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.

 

EXAMS (12 CFU / ECTS)

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 three parts: testing the grammatical competences, comprehension of a written text, production of a written text.

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

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 2020/21):

GREEK LANGUAGE
Titles released (info):
12 CFU / ECTS – Refresher Course for Teachers
Schedule:
First year: Wednesdays from 17:00 to 19:30 (+ 3 cultural weekends)
Second year: Mondays from 17:00 to 19:30 (+ 1 cultural weekend)
Duration:
First year: from october 21, 2020 to may 26, 2021
Second year: from october 19, 2020 to may 24, 2021
Course Structure:
First year: 70 hours annually (28 classes + 3 cultural visits)
Second year: 70 hours annually (28 classes + 1 cultural visit)
Limited Enrollment
Fees:
discounted fees and forms of payment

SYLLABUS

FIRST YEAR
(progressive, from A1 to B2)
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SECOND YEAR
(progressive, from C1 to C2)
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70 hours annually
(28 lessons + 3 cultural excursions during the weekend)
70 hours annually
(28 classroom lessons +
one cultural excursions during the weekend)
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.
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.)

Academic fees

Fees for each academic year amount to 2400 euros.
However, the Italian Institute of Classical Studies provides a scholarship for each and every one of the students. The scholarship will cover 75% of the academic fees.

The academic fees for each student amount then to 299 € per semester.

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

 

Discounted fees and forms of payment

BIBLIOGRAPHY

It is of the utmost importance that students are in possession of the textbook from the very beginning of the course.

First Year
1. M. Balme – G. Lawall – J. Morwood, Athenaze, Book I: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Revised Third Edition, Oxford University Press
2. M. Balme – G. Lawall – J. Morwood, Athenaze, Workbook I: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Revised Third Edition, Oxford University Press
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 – J. Morwood, Athenaze, Book II: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Revised Third Edition, Oxford University Press
2. M. Balme – G. Lawall – J. Morwoodi, Athenaze, Workbook II: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Revised Third Edition, Oxford University Press
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

DATES AND TIMES

First Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2020/21

Wednesday from 17:00 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class* october 21, 2020
Last class may 26, 2021
Holidays (No class) december 23, 2020
december 30, 2020
january 06, 2021
april 07, 2021
Exams december 2020 (unit: A1)
february 2021 (unit: A2)
april 2021
09 june 2021 (unit: B2 / 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 14, 2020 from 17:00 to 18:30.

CULTURAL WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 Sat January 23, 2021 (15:00-19:00)
2 Sat March 20, 2021 (15:00-19:00)
3 Sun May 30, 2021 (10:00-19:00)
Didactical excursion: Ostia (RM)

Second Year

CLASS SCHEDULE 2020/21

Mondays from 17:00 to 19:30.

CLASS CALENDAR
First class october 19, 2020
Last class may 24, 2021
Holidays (No class) december 07, 2020
december 21, 2020
december 28, 2020
january 04, 2021
april 05, 2021
april 12, 2021
Exams february 2021 (unit: C1)
june 09, 2021 (unit: C2 / Final exam)
CULTURAL WEEKENDS CALENDAR
1 From Sat June 05, 2021 (12:00)
to Sun June 06, 2021 (21:00)
Pompei (NA) – Overnight in loco