Classical Language Programs


Sunset on Ortigia

All Classical language classes are managed by Exedra Mediterranean Center

Registration and more details can be found on their site. For information, email

Greek and Latin Summer School in Ortigia

Online option now available.

August 2-14, 2021.  This will be a residential course on the island of Ortigia, hosted by Exedra Mediterranean Center and taught by George Gazis and Chiara Blanco.  The theme is “Searching for Happiness: Life and Death in Greece and Rome” and texts to be examined include Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Protagoras, and Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things. There are options for various levels, including beginners. Excursions to performances of Aristophanes’ Clouds and Euripides’ Bacchae are planned, and participants are invited to join the Tour of Greek Sites in Sicily just before the school starts, July 29-31. 

Greek for Philosophers Online Reading Group

Wednesdays 16:30-17:30 (Italian Time UTC+2) to be resumed next fall

The Greek for Philosophers Reading Group is open to all levels of Greek learners, from Beginners to Advanced level, since the focus will be mostly on the content rather than the language. Participants will be asked to prepare a translation of a short passage in advance and then present their translation in class, after which the discussion of the content will be open to all. Translating will not be compulsory for participants and in the case of lack of translators, the seminar leader will lead the group through the text. 

The aim of the reading group is to provide students and scholars interested in Plato with an informal platform in which they can come in contact with the text in the original Greek and discuss the content in a relaxed and friendly environment. There will be 10 (1 hour) weekly meetings. The course will be taught live online on Zoom. Instructor: George Gazis. Fee €100

Beginners Online Greek Course

Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 (Italian Time UTC+2) to be resumed next fall

This course is aimed at Greek learners with a knowledge of the alphabet and some basic notions of the Greek language (article, declensions, pronouns etc.). We will be following the texts in “Reading Greek Beginners Course, supplemented by grammar and syntax handouts where necessary. In our first class, we will revisit Units 1A-F of the textbook, in order to refresh our basic concepts and we will begin to read some simple texts. 

The course will comprise 10 classes (2 hours each) in total. The course will be taught live online on Zoom by Chiara Blanco. Fee €200

All Classical language classes are managed by Exedra Mediterranean Center. For information, email