Ancient Greek for reading and research (Beginners) - ONLINE

This course is aimed at people who want to learn Ancient Greek for reading and research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress. If your language level ranges from beginners to lower intermediate, you are welcome to join.

Key Information

  • Session information: Wednesdays at 6-8pm 
  • Timeline: Starting 14 October 2020 - running until 24 March 2021
  • Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting 14 October - 16 December 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), 20 January - 24 March 2021
  • 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 2021. 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.

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of Ancient Greek is required. The course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

The Beginners’ Ancient Greek for Reading & Research Purposes course aims to give learners an essential foundation culminating in the reading of simple (e.g. coins, inscriptions) and some extended prose texts. The course focuses on the fundamentals of the Attic dialect, spoken in Athens and its environs in the 5th-4th centuries BC. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of Ancient Greek grammar, including morphology, syntax and vocabulary. You will also develop dictionary consultation skills, and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in Ancient Greek. The course will also explore aspects of the history of the Greek language and culture as stemming from the topics covered weekly.


The tutor will provide all necessary handouts and resources.

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 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing this Beginners level for Reading & research purposes (A1 & A2), you can progress onto the Intermediate level Academic research purposes (B1).