Greek for Philosophers


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 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 2022-2023

Online Courses are taught live on Zoom by Dr. Chiara Blanco, Dr. Jurgen Gatt, and Dr. George Gazis; classes are recorded and links are provided to students for review. Classes meet once a week for 75 minutes, totaling 10 hours of instruction per term. They are recorded and links are provided to students for review.

  • Fall:  October 17 – December 19, 2022
  • Winter: January 9 – March 13, 2023
  • Spring: March 20 – May 22, 2023

Times and topics for the Winter term (beginning the week of January 9)

Beginners Greek for Philosophers, Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 PM CET

Pre-Elementary (those who have done ca. 20 hours of Greek), Thursdays 4-5:15 PM

Elementary/Intermediate Greek for Philosophers (with excerpts from Plato), Thursdays 6:00-7:15 PM

Advanced Plato Reading Group (Hippias Minor/Major), Wednesdays 5-6:15 PM

For more information contact Susi Kimbell at or click here

Siracusa Summer Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy, July 24-August 4, 2023

Topic: Plato’s Symposium

This seminar mixes the best aspects of a philosophy conference and a classical language summer school. The program combines cultural activities and ancient Greek language study (at two levels) with academic lectures and presentations. Participants study in the historic Palazzo Francica Nava on the picturesque island of Ortigia, just steps from the 5th century BCE Temple of Athena, and a short walk from the 6th century Temple of Apollo—or the Cala Rossa beach, in case you are in the mood for a swim.


  • Morning: optional cultural activities (archaeological visits, cooking classes, etc.)
  • 3-5 PM: Greek lessons or Reading and translation of selections from Plato’s Symposium
  • 5-6 PM: Break/Study
  • 6-7 PM: Student presentations and open discussion

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

More information and applications are available here