Classical Greek - Level Α

Classical Greek - Level Α
Classical Greek - Level Α
An Ancient Greek course

Ancient Greek; a classical and biblical language, which formed the basis of all European languages and educated the Western mind that has profoundly shaped the modern world.

Learn how to read and understand the ancient and sacred texts from the original, starting with Classical Greek - Level A. The course consists of 12 short, comprehensible units, where basic grammatical and syntactic phenomena are thoroughly explained, with the aim of understanding the texts in the most effective way. The course is enriched with written theory, exercises and additional vocabulary to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. At the same time, some of the most beautiful texts of the ancient literature are presented, as well as religious texts from the New Testament to ease the understanding and use of the vocabulary. Join us at this interesting and exciting course that will bring you closer to the wisdom of one of the greatest civilizations in world history.

Please note that this course is an Ancient Greek course, not Greek as a second language course.

Professor, Philosophy Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Anyone who wishes to introduce themselves to ancient Greek, a language that has been a vast source of inspiration and influence across Western Civilization cultures and science.

Classics’ lovers, humanistic studies’ majors, teachers, archaeologists, theologians and anyone who wishes to indulge in the knowledge of an ancient laguage as a means to their own personal development.

The programme aims to introduce foreign language students to the ancient Greek language, emphasizing both on writing and reading skill (words, phrases and full texts). It clearly presents the rules of ancient Greek grammar, deepens on the vocabulary, cultivates those quality features that will help participants read and understand very quickly simple texts in Ancient Greek and lays the groundwork so that they can finally study the texts of the ancient Greek literature in their original form. At the same time, it highlights the importance of ancient Greek thought and its impact on European culture with brief historical references in each lesson. It is structured in twelve units that focus on the first chapters of the ancient Greek grammar. Each module through theory and examples studies a different grammatical phenomenon, and provides the theoretical framework for the requirements of the Classical Greek Language Certificate.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Classical Greek

Unit 1: Introduction: Alphabet, Accents and Breathings, Diphthongs,Syllables

Unit 2: Parts of speech

Unit 3: Nouns: 2nd declension

Unit 4: Nouns: 1st declension

Students will be able to identify the letters of the alphabet, capital and small, to read and write the words given, to divide the words in syllables, to recall and apply basic accentuation rules, to identify and read diphthongs, to identify punctuation marks, to identify inflected uninfected, articles, nouns, adjectives, pronouns, participles, genders, the article (Male Female Neutral), and to identify 1st declension adjectives and 2nd declension of Masculine and Feminine adjectives in -ος ex.: ὁ ἆθλος, ἡ ἄμπελος and neutral in -ον ex.: τὸ δῶρον.

Chapter 2: Classical Greek- Fundamentals part 1

Unit 1: Personal Pronouns

Unit 2: Verbs

Unit 3: Simple Present of the verb εἰμί

Unit 4: Simple Present of the verb λύω

Students will be able to use pronouns (instead of nouns) and recall the inflection of personal pronouns, to explain the meaning of the Subject of the Verb, to use Active, Middle and Passive Voice, Indicative and Imperative mood, to use the most common and irregular verbs in -μι, to use the verb λύω correctly and text with simple verbs that are inflected like the verb λύω.

Chapter 3: Classical Greek- Fundamentals part 2

Unit 1: Prepositions

Unit 2: Future tense of the verb εἰμί

Unit 3: Subject of the verb

Unit 4: The Predicate. Practice tests for the preparation of the exams

Students will be able to use prepositions correctly, to use the future tense of εἰμί, to identify the Subject of verbs in simple examples, and to use basic word order and structure.

Assessment Test with open-ended and multiple choice, true-false and matching type questions

Online and distance training learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and training techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow trainees from around the world.

The e-learning course is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Courses are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the course tutor and other trainees takes place in a digital learning environment. The courses are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the course whenever it is convenient for you, however within the given deadlines.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones as a very mobile method. Learning can be done on the train, on a plane or even during your trip to Greece!

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic educational material based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help trainees engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. E-learners have access to the educational platform with their personal code number in order to browse all relevant training material and interact with their instructors.

Moreover, an online communication system through own personal e-mail account is available in order to make the process easier and more interactive. Trainees can contact directly their tutors or the administration office of the course and share any concerns or anxieties related to the course in order to make the most of their experience.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material, delivered either in the form of video-lectures, text notes and relevant presentations or as a combination of them. The educational material of the course is uploaded gradually, per educational unit. During the course, important info for the smooth conduct of the educational process, such as timetables for the submission of the exercises are announced on the Announcement section of the platform.

For successful completion of the course the e-learner should have fulfill her/his academic obligations, meaning should have submitted all corresponding assessment exercises and have achieved at least an average of 50% grade in the corresponding tests for each module. The score scale ranges from 0 to 100%.

During the course trainees will be attending a training experience designed by academics and lecturers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece.


Thank you for the engaging and rewarding course!

Dustin S

The lessons were interesting, informative, very well structured, and enjoyable.

Thank you

Helen A

Thank you for taking me along on this beautiful journey to the magical world of Ancient Greek. It was a pure delight to be able to “relearn” what I was first exposed to so many years ago in my high school.

I was very impressed with your quality of presentation and the concise but fairly complete assembly of the instructional material.

Panos F