Ancient Greek Advanced

This course is aimed at people who want to learn and improve their Ancient Greek for reading and research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress.

Key information

  • Session information: October 2021 
  • Timeline: October 2021
  • Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours); Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours)
  • Fees: Term 1 - £120. Term 2 £120. Full Course £240.

This course will be taught in a group size of a minimum 7 and maximum 11 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

This course is an online course.  

This course will start in October and run for 20 weeks (4 week break over Christmas), lessons will resume in January 2022. It comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week.  When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks. There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments. 

Entry level

You will have completed the academic research Intermediate course or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group. You can use the ELP self-assessment grid to judge how competent you are in the language. Alternatively, if you require help to assess you level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions. 

Course content

The Advanced Ancient Greek for Reading and Research Purposes course aims to build on the grammatical and syntactical knowledge covered in the Intermediate level, and delve into more unusual and idiomatic aspects of the language. The Advanced course also puts more emphasis on reading primary texts, with a focus on prose and a gradual introduction of poetry. The course will also cover more technical aspects relating to the make-up of select literary genres, in particular conventions governing poetry and prose. These will include the use of dialect, unusual vocabulary, meter, developments in syntax, and a look at Greek from other periods, pre- and post-dating the classical era.


The tutor will provide all necessary handouts and resources and the course will have a dedicated Coursesites file.

Our approach

The course takes place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read Ancient Greek texts from a wide range of sources and time periods. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group size are limited to 11 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.