Summer Institute: Immersive Ancient Greek for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Students

The Princeton Athens Center will offer a non-credit, intensive course in ancient Greek for students who already have some experience or familiarity with ancient Greek and/or modern Greek and are interested in acquiring:

  • active, meaningful control of grammar and syntax through immersion
  • recognition of grammatical constructions and forms in context
  • cultural, historical, and literary context for reading ancient Greek texts
  • familiarity with writing and speaking ancient Greek
  • reading fluency and comprehension, in preparation for reading advanced texts.

This course will target ancient Greek acquisition through comprehensible input (reading and listening) and output (writing and some speaking). Reading authentic texts will be built into the course from the beginning, with readings drawn from the Italian Athenaze textbooks and tiered texts of ancient Greek works (e.g., Plato, oratory, epigraphy, and others at studentsā€™ request). Informative lectures on relevant topics (in ancient Greek) will also be a part of the course. The exact curriculum and pace of the class will be decided after the level of the admitted students has been determined.

Classes will be complemented by site and museum visits, walking tours, and other activities that take advantage of the rich cultural and archaeological resources of Athens and provide opportunities for learning ancient Greek in context. (Past excursions have included the Acropolis site and museum, the Ancient Agora, Eleusis, and Kerameikos).

Dates: July 3 ā€“ July 31, 2024    Classes: Monday-Thursday, 4 hours/day

Non-credit. No tuition will be charged.

All sessions will be held at the Princeton Athens Center, in-person (no zoom option).

Instructor: Sherry (Chiayi) Lee, Classics, Princeton University 

Level: advanced beginner/intermediate


Princeton undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply

Webform and document upload

In a single PDF document, please provide the following material in the order that is listed below:

  • Statement of Purpose (700ā€“1000 words). Please respond to the following:
    • What is your interest in and/or goal for learning ancient Greek? (Are there certain language skills you want to acquire? Certain texts/authors you aim to read?)
    • How long and with what methods have you studied ancient Greek prior to this course, if at all?
    • What aspects and methods of this course do you envision will be most useful to your Greek learning, and why?
  • Curriculum Vitae

For questions, contact Chris Twiname at [email protected].

Deadline for applications: April 22, 2024

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