Ancient Greek Language 1

Course code: GRA-01

Recommended for: professors, students, professionals, enthusiasts
Titles released: 6 CFU / ECTS + Course valid for teachers’ updating, recognized by the MIUR
Hours: Fridays 6:00 – 7:30 pm (+ 1 field-trip)
Duration: 2021 October, 22 – 2022 May, 27 (28 lessons – 42 hours)
Limited Enrollment: up to 20 participants
Academic Fees: starting from € 299 per semester

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

In accordance with the current regulations, in order to attend classes students shall exhibit their Green-Pass. Students without the Green-pass may attend the corresponding online course GRA-ON-01


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

At the end of the course, students will go on a field-trip, where Ancient Greek will be the only language of communication: there will be reading of classical texts, lessons and visits to archeological sites.

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. Estratti (forniti dal docente) da 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 (consulta il collegamento)
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 (6 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 Language 2.



First lesson 2021 October, 22
Last lesson 2022 May, 27
No class days 2021 December, 24
2021 December, 31
2022 January, 7
2022 April, 15
2022 April, 22
Exam sessions 2022 June, 17
2022 June, 24
2022 September, 30
Field Trips

Sun. 2022 May, 30 (10:00 am- 7:30 pm)
Archeological Area Ostia Antica (RM)


The total amount of the course fees is of € 1199.

The IISC provides 12 scholarships, which cover the 50% of the total amount of the academic fees (€ 600). To request a scholarship, students must send an email at, writing in the email subject “course code + scholarship” and attach a short presentation letter (250 words max.)

The following categories may obtain a discount of the 50% on the academic fees (€ 600):

– students enrolled in a course of Classic in any Italian or foreign university;
– teachers in one of the following classes of competition:  A-11, A-12, A-13, A-17, A-18, A-19, A-21, A-23, A-24, A-25, A-29, A-30, A-53, A-54;
– students who enroll to one of the following IISC courses: CCG-01, LAT-01, SAF-02, STOA-02, LAT-ON-01, LAT-ON-02, DID-01.


There are two methods of payment:

1) Preferred method

Total amount For those who have a scholarship or a discount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 € 200 Upon the inscription
Full year tuition fee € 999 € 399 By October 31

2) Payment by installments

Total amount For those who have a scholarship or a discount Deadline
Registration Fee € 200 € 200 Upon the inscription
First Semester Tuition Fees € 599 € 249 By October 31
Second Semester Tuition Fees € 599 € 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. Only field trip’s costs, however, are not included in the registration fee; we try to keep the costs as low as possible and they may vary according to the destination. There are no exam fees.

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