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Courses starting February 2018


"The Greek language is Greece's most precious gift to the world.  The loftiest ideas and
most refined sentiments have been expressed through the Greek language."

    - Athan Anagnostopoulos, Director

Since the fall of 1990, The Greek Institute has been offering a full range of Greek language courses including Homeric, Classical, Hellenistic, New Testament, and Modern Greek.

We provide students with an opportunity to study Greek in a supportive, yet academically challenging environment.  Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced.  Traditionally, there are no more than 10-12 students in each class.  In some instances, our students have been able to fulfill their foreign language requirements at both the college and high school levels.  Our standards and expectations both for staff and students are kept at a high level of excellence.

To Register

By Mail:  Print and fill out the Course Registration Form and mail with full payment to The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA  02138.  Enclose a check or money order.  If you pay with your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express Card, write your card number and the expiration date on the registration form, and please do not forget to sign your name.  (You will need the free Adobe Reader to view the form)

By Fax:  Print and fill out the Course Registration Form and fax it to 617-661-9150

Walk-In:  Please stop by and register in person.  We can also reserve your spot and you can register on the evening of the course.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call us at 617-547-4770.

S T U D E N T S!

Members contribute greatly to the success of the Institute. It is with their
support that we are able to sustain our high quality educational and
cultural programs, our special projects and publications, and our Neoclassic
building. Of course, you do not have to be a member of the Greek Institute to take
classes. But as a member, you will receive:

- a 10% discount on all courses
- invitations to all lectures, art exhibitions, and regular events
- the Greek Institute newsletter
- a 10% discount on all bookstore items

To become a member, please click here to access the form.

Thank you!!

ΜΑΘHΣΙΣ – MATHESIS (learning, knowledge, experience)

A program in Greek Language (ancient and modern) and Culture for high school students beginning May 25 and continuing throughout the year. Classes will meet on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Instructors are Jesse Sawyer, M.A. in Classical Languages, teaching Ancient Greek, and Lia Triarchou, M.A. in Education, teaching Modern Greek.

Tuition: $215 for each course. Textbooks are not included in the cost and can be purchased at the Greek Institute.

The Ancient Greek program:

With 5th century Athens as our starting point, we will rapidly immerse ourselves in the language and culture of the ancient Greeks. As part of our introduction to the language, we will encounter poets, philosophers, and historical figures, whose works and contributions have left a lasting imprint on Western culture. While our primary focus will be on language study, we will also take time to delve into various aspects of Ancient Greek culture and civilization, including religion, history, mythology, art, and architecture. By the end of the course, students will not only have a basic understanding of Ancient Greek vocabulary and grammar, but also, and most importantly, an appreciation for why the study of ancient Greece and her language is as relevant to us today as it has ever been. No prior knowledge of Greek required.

Texts: 2nd edition of the JACT Reading Greek textbook. You will need to obtain two volumes: Text & Vocabulary and Grammar & Exercises. Supplemental readings and materials will be supplied by the instructor.

The Modern Greek program:

Our study of the Greek language will include the three major aspects of reading, writing, and conversation. Conversation will be emphasized. We will learn the alphabet, correct pronunciation, grammar, and syntax. We will learn basic vocabulary, the simple present tense, noun gender, adjectives, and simple sentence structure. Students will continually expand their vocabulary – also with words which correspond to and strengthen their English vocabulary. Thousands of words such as economy, politics, democracy, poetry, history, philosophy, music, theater, and countless others are part of our everyday vocabulary. The study of Greek will also strengthen students’ understanding of basic grammatical structure in English. At the end of the first ten weeks, students will be able to carry on basic conversation in Greek. No prior knowledge of Greek is required. An intermediate level class will also be available for those beyond the beginning level.

The text to be used is ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΗΣΤΕ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ – Communicate in Greek by Κλεάνθης και Φροσω Αρβανιτάκης.

  • Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm, begins 3/1/2018, $215 per course  

Introductory Ancient Greek

For those with no prior knowledge.  An introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of ancient Greek, with selected readings from original texts.  Our goal will be to encounter as much Greek as possible, as soon as possible, in order to build reading skills and gain an appreciation for the beauty of the Greek language.

  • Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
Intermediate Ancient Greek

Prerequisite:  Introductory Ancient Greek or permission of instructor.  Continuing our introduction to grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, but with greater emphasis on reading original texts.  We will translate selections from Euripides, Plato, and other Greek authors chosen by the class.

  • Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215  
Introduction to Homeric Greek

No prior knowledge of ancient Greek necessary!  An introduction to Greek through the Iliad and the Odyssey.  Students will learn the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Greek epic poetry, with the goal of learning to read and appreciate Homer's timeless masterpieces in the original ancient Greek.  It has been said that there is no better way to learn Greek than to begin with Homer - please join us and start your epic journey.

  • Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215 

Reading Ancient Greek

In this course we will read selections of ancient Greek poetry and prose, from Homer to the New Testament.  Although our primary goal will be to develop strong reading skills, we will also discuss the history of Greek literature and its development from oral tradition to the very foundation of Western Civilization.  In addition to the selected readings, during the second half of the course the class will choose a particular author for further directed study.  Prerequisite:  One year of Greek.

  • Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 3/1/2018, 10 weeks, $215  

Modern Greek, Beginning I

For those with no prior knowledge,  Introduction to the alphabet, correct pronunciation, grammar, and syntax of the Greek language.  Basic vocabulary, simple present tense, noun gender, adjectives, and simple sentence structure are included.  Reading and writing skills are developed.  Conversation is emphasized.  Core textbooks used are ELLINIKA TORA 1+1 with Workbook by Demetra Demetra and Marineta Papachemona, and Modern Greek for Beginners, a publication of the University of Crete. Supplementary textbooks and materials are also used.  
Textbooks may be purchased at the Greek Institute and are not included in the cost for the class.

  • Section A:  Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
  • Section B:  Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215  
  • Section C:  Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
  • Section D:  Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, 215  

Modern Greek, Beginning II

Reading, writing, and conversational skills acquired in Beginning I are further developed.  Vocabulary is expanded.  Dialogues are more sophisticated.  Students learn the simple past and simple future tenses, and more complex sentence structure.  Students' active participation is always emphasized.

  • Section A: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
  • Section B: Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
  • Section C: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 3/24/2017, 10 weeks, $215  
Modern Greek, Beginning III

Reading, writing, and conversational skills continue to be developed.  There are more complex grammatical structures used.  Modern Greek literature is introduced.

  • Section A: Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 3/24/2017, 10 weeks, $215  
  • Section B: Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215  
Modern Greek, Intermediate I

More advanced vocabulary and grammar introduced, with increased fluency in reading.  Class conducted entirely in Greek.  Emphasis on conversation.

  • Section A: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
  • Section B: Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 3/1/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
Modern Greek, Intermediate II

Work at the intermediate level expanded to include study and discussion of modern Greek prose and poetry.

  • Section A: Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, begins 2/27/2018, 10 weeks, $215  
Modern Greek, Conversation I

Students will focus on developing vocabulary and expressions for use in everyday life.  Role playing exercises, oral drills, and reading from modern Greek literature will be included.  Class will be conducted entirely in Greek.  (Students who are Beginning Level III or Intermediate Level I qualify for this class.)

  • Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215 
Modern Greek, Translation Seminar

Students read closely and translate significant short stories, essays, and poems from modern Greek literature.  Work may be included in Greek Institute publications.

  • Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm, begins 3/1/2018, 10 weeks, $215  
Greek Language Tutorials

Private sessions designed to meet individual needs of the student.  Available at all levels and offered throughout the year.  Schedule flexible to accommodate student and teacher.  All materials available at The Greek Institute.  $40 per session. 

The Romance of Alexander

The life of Alexander the Great is one of the most compelling stories ever told.  Few people know, however, that the "Romance" of Alexander was the first international bestseller of ancient literature!  Translated into dozens of different languages, from Arabic to Mongolian, the story of Alexander's rise and fall captured the imagination of the world, and still does today.  Please join us as we read the original telling of the Alexander Romance - in English translation - and explore the various re-tellings throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond.  

  • Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm, begins 2/28/2018, 10 weeks, $215 

AN INTRODUCTION TO KOINE - The Language of the New Testament

This course will consist of an intensive and systematic study of the basic grammatical and syntactical forms of the Koine. Selected readings will include some of the most well-known passages in the New Testament. Pre-requisite: knowledge of basic Greek

  • Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm, begins 2/26/2018, 10 weeks, $215 

WEAVING AND UNWEAVING PENELOPE'S DREAM - from the Archetypal Figures in Greek Poetry Series

A close reading and interpretative analysis of the works of Greek poets, from Homer to Yiannis Ritsos, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Pantelis Boukalas and others, in which Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, is a central figure. Knowledge of basic Greek desirable.

  • Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 2/26/2018, 5 weeks, $100 


This course will focus on the songs of Hadjidakis (1925-1994), a major Greek contemporary composer, with special attention given to the lyrics of Greek poet, Nikos Gatsos (1911-1992). The Hadjidakis - Gatsos collaboration resulted in many beautiful songs, which still endure and are often performed.

  • Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, begins 3/1/2018, 5 weeks, $100 


Presentation of the songwriter, listening to live performances of the songs, discussion. To include Manos Eleutheriou, Manos Loizos, Dionysis Savopoulos, Nikos Portokaloglou, Manolis Rasoules, Marios Tokas and Yiannis Anghelakis. There will also be an overview of recent trends. Instructor: Nicolas Prevelakis, PhD

  • Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm, begins 2/26/2018, 8 weeks, $160