Greek for Philosophers


Sunset on Ortigia

All Classical language classes are managed by Exedra Mediterranean Center

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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
  3. March 23 – May 25, 2022 (2 be confirmed

Elementary Greek (Thursdays 6:30-7:30 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.

Summer School

Siracusa Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy, July 18-29, 2022

The goal of this seminar is to help graduate students and professors of philosophy develop skills reading Plato in Greek and to publish a new translation of the Euthyphro that includes the Greek text and accompanying commentary on its historical, cultural, and linguistic nuances. Participants live and study on the picturesque island of Ortigia, where they can visit ancient Greek temples, swim in the sea, and experience the vibrant night life.


  • Morning: optional cultural activities (archaeological visits, cooking classes, etc.)
  • 3-5 PM: Greek lessons or Reading and translation of Plato’s Euthyphro
  • 5-6 PM: Break/Study
  • 6-7 PM: Student presentations and workshop to discuss the philosophical commentary

Skill Levels: students will be separated by skill level for the 3-5 PM session, then come together for the presentations and workshop from 6-7 PM.

  • Level 1: one year of Classical Greek or our video course on basic Greek concepts (included).
  • Level 2: two years of Classical Greek

Participation Options

  • Standard Participation (lessons and workshop only)
  • Contributing Participation (includes paper presentation and possible publication)
  • Online auditing may be offered if conditions warrant

More information, application, and fees are available at