Greek for Philosophers Online Course and Reading Group

October 6, 2021 - May 25, 2022
Fonte Aretusa, Exedra Mediterranean Center

Palazzo Francica Nava, via Landolina 5, Ortigia
Siracusa 96100


Exedra Mediterranean Center, Siracusa, Sicily

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Greek for Philosophers

 “Greek for Philosophers” is a series of online and in-person activities designed to help scholars of ancient philosophy better engage with the Greek text.  Whether one has never studied ancient Greek or simply needs to brush up and exercise their skills, our courses and reading groups mix language learning with philosophical discussion of important texts.

Academic Year 2021-2022

Online Courses are taught live on Zoom once per week by Dr. Chiara Blanco and Dr. George Gazis; classes are recorded and links are provided to students for review. There will be three blocks of 10 classes running as follows:

  1. October 6 or 7 – December 8 or 9, 2021
  2. January 5 – March 9, 2022 (to be confirmed)
  3. March 23 – May 25, 2022 (2 be confirmed

Elementary Greek (Thursdays 6-8 PM Italian Time): This course combines lessons in grammar and vocabulary with study and translations of short selections from ancient philosophy. Prerequisite: one year of Classical Greek or our video course on basic Greek concepts (included).

Reading Group (Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM Italian Time):  This course aims to read and translate Plato’s Gorgias in Greek over the course of the academic year. Students typically have the option to prepare short translations before class, which are then read and discussed as a group. The emphasis is on content. Prerequisite: two years of Classical Greek.

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