Ancient Greek 1

Course code: GRA-01

Teaching Method: in presence
Titles released: 12 CFU / ECTS + Course valid for teachers’ updating, recognized by the MIUR
Hours: Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 pm (+ 1 cultural field trip)
Duration: 2023 October, 19 – 2024 May, 23 (28 lessons – 60 hours)
Limited Enrollment: up to 20 participants
Academic Fees: starting from € 295 per semester

Presentation of the course / Calendar / Certifications / To continue the studies / Academic fees


No admission test is required for the first year of Greek Language. The only prerequisite is the knowledge of the Ancient Greek alphabet.

– Understanding of an Ancient Greek text, without using the dictionary
– In-depth knowledge of the most important structures of Greek syntax and grammar
– Knowledge of the 1500 most frequent words in Greek classical literature
– Ability to write and speak in Ancient Greek


Through the reading of texts in Ancient Greek, which are designed to encourage language learning, students deal with literary classical Greek (Attic Greek, V century b.C.) morphology, syntax and phraseology.
Lessons will be held completely in Ancient Greek: following the fundamentals of the inductive-contextual methodology, the active use of Greek language both by the students and the teacher turns passive learning into an active competence, thus ensuring a sound knowledge of the language. Readings of some original Greek texts complete the course program. See the program in details

The course will be held in classroom. Those who wish to attend the course online might register to Ancient Greek 1 online.

It is of the utmost importance that students have their textbooks since the first day of classes.

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. Morwoodi, 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 , Thucydides and others

Recommended readings (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 (see the 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


– Students who have attended at least 75% of class hours may obtain a course completion certificate.
– Those who wish to obtain university certifications (12 CFU/ECTS) should pass the final exam with an evaluation fo at least 18/30. The exam will consist in a written test structured as follows: (a) grammatical competences, (b) comprehension of a written text, (c) writing of a text in Ancient Greek.
This certification is issued by both the Italian Institute of Classical Studies (IISC) and the Department of Classic of the Università Pontificia Salesiana (UPS). Because the ECTS issued by the UPS are also acknowledged by the Italian Government, the ECTS may be validated in Italian University (without prejudice to the discretion granted to the universities by the Italian law).
– The course is also recognized by the MIUR – Regional School Office for Lazio as valid for the professional training of teaching staff.


Upon the completion of the course, students who have attended at lest the 75% of class hours, may access the course of Ancient Greek 2.



First lesson 2023 October, 19
Last lesson 2024 May, 23
No class days 2023 November, 2
2023 December, 21
2023 December, 28
2024 January, 4
2024 March, 28
2024 April, 25
Exam sessions 2024 June, 13
2024 June, 20
2024 September, 26
Cultural field trip

Ancient Ostia (RM)
Sun 2024 June, 2 (11:30 am -7:30 pm)


The total amount of the course fees is of € 590.


There are two methods of payment:

1) Preferred method

Amount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 Upon the inscription
Full year tuition fee € 390 By October 31

2) Payment by installments

Amount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 Upon the inscription
First Semester Tuition Fee € 249 By October 31
Second Semester Tuition Fees € 249 By January 31

Payment can be made:

  1. In cash, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  2. By Cheque, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  3. By Teacher’s Card (selecting the option “recognized courses” when generating the bonus)
  4. By bank transfer, with the following details:
    • Name of the account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici
    • IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909
    • Reason for Transfer: Course code + Name and Surname of the student
    • Bank: Unicredit, Agenzia 6, Via Ugo Ojetti 149 Roma

The fee includes all the classroom activities (lessons and intensive lessons), administration fees and the use of the facilities available in the learning centre. There are no exam fees.

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