Summer course of Ancient Greek – June-July 2024



A unique cultural experience in the heart of Rome and at the origins of the culture which has shaped our world, in direct contact with the language. The course, with the Patronage of the Municipality of Rome, is organized in three progressive levels, from the Basic level to the Advanced one; students may attend the whole course or just a part of it. Students will fastly learn Greek grammar and vocabulary, studying thousands of words in order to reach fluency in reading original Greek texts.

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Summer courses via streaming provide a new way in studying classical languages: in a short yet intensive time, they offer to international scholars and entushiasts an incredible experience, which combines the scientific nature of the Higher Education Courses at the IISC with the emotion of reviving the life of the Classical authors in the very same places where they have lived, together with friends who share a common love for literature and humanities. Classes are open to everyone and they require students to speak only in Greek, through the “IISC inductive-contextual methodology”.



Lessons will be held completely in Greek. The professor will guide the students in speaking and writing in Ancient Greek, since the first day of classes, following a specific methodology. Lessons will progress gradually and progressively. They are structured in two modules: Basic and Intermediate+Advanced: it is possible to attend the whole course or even only one of the two modules.
Lessons will be held from Monday to Friday. The whole course takes place in 4 weeks: 1 week of Basic module + 3 weeks of Intermediate+Advanced module.

The Basic level is open to everyone: no pre-requisite is needed.
Those who wish to attend the Intermediate+Advanced level (without attending the Basic level) must take an entrance exam. We suggest to those who have not previous and sound knowledge of Greek through active use to attend the course starting from the Basic level.

Lessons require a serious commitment: professors will ask to spend some of the free time in personal study. The course deals with the entirety of Ancient Greek grammar and guarantees the learning of 1600 most frequent Greek words, which correspond to the 80% of the Classical authors’ vocabulary.


Basic Module: from June, 24 to June, 28
Intermediate+Advanced Module: from July, 1 to July, 19
Titles released:
9 CFU / ECTS for each Level (info)
from Monday to Friday, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Rome Timezone – GMT+1)
Virtual classroom on Zoom
Course structure: 50 hours (20 lessons)
Basic Module: 12 hours of classes (5 lessons)
Intermediate+Advanced: 38 hours of classes (15 lessons)
Limited Enrollment
Basic Module: € 250 (registration fee already included)
Intermediate+Advanced: € 650 (registration fee already included)
Two modules 900  € 820 for the whole course (basic + intermediate+advanced), if you pay in a lump sum (registration fee already included) by April 30


Registration can be made through our website.

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The registration fee of € 250 must be paid upon the registration.

The course fees must be paid by May 30:

– € 0 for those who only attende the Basic module (tuition fee is already included in the registration payment)

– € 400 for those who attende the Intermediate+Advanced module

– € 650 for those who attend the whole course

Those who attend both modules (basic + intermediate+advanced) and pay the fees in a lump sum by April 30 have a special discount on the course fees which amount to € 820 for the entire course instead of € 900 (registration fee already included).

Payment may be made in person at IISC secretary, by cash, cheque or teacher’s card (by selecting the option “recognized course” when generating the bonus). Alternatively we accept wire transfer (Account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici; IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909; BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1006; Description: E-GREEK for *Name Surname of the student*).


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

1. M. Balme – G. Lawall, Athénaze 1, Oxford University Press
2. M. Balme – G. Lawall, Athénaze 2, 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 Plato, Homer, 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 (see the link)
2. P. Saffire – C. Freis, Ancient Greek alive, University of North Carolina
3. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, Reading Greek, Cambridge University Press


Basic Module

From June, 24 to June, 28; from Monday to Friday.

Los Angeles New York London Rome Istanbul Beijing Sidney
Hours 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 4:30 – 7:00  p.m. 5:30 – 8:00  p.m. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. 00:30 – 3:00 a.m. (+1) 3:30 – 6:00 a.m. (+1)

Intermediate+Advanced Module

From July, 1 to July, 19; from Monday to Friday.

Los Angeles New York London Rome Istanbul Beijing Sidney
Hours 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 4:30 – 7:00  p.m. 5:30 – 8:00  p.m. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. 00:30 – 3:00 a.m. (+1) 3:30 – 6:00 a.m. (+1)
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Forms of payment and scholarships

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Titles releases


Upon conclusion of the course, the Italian Institute for Classical Studies will grant a certificate attesting to the successful completion of the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

Have attended at least 75% of the course hours.


The course can provide university credits.

On the basis of an agreement between the two institutions, the course is considered equivalent to those of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome. Thanks to this convention, university students who have obtained the certificate of completion of the course will receive 9 CFU / ECTS (3 CFU/ECTS for the Basic Module + 6 CFU/ECTS for the Intermediate+Advanced Level) valid at that Athenaeum.

Since the certifications of the Pontifical Salesian University are recognized by the Italian State, credits obtained at the IICS are then able to be convalidated by state universities (without prejudice to the discretion that Italian law attributes to each individual institution).

The final grade indicated on the certificate is calculated out of 30, and will be calculated on the basis of the final exam grade and other possible evaluations by the instructors made throughout the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

  • Have attended at least 75% of the course hours ;
  • To have attained a final grade of at least 18/30.