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 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:

  • Fall:  October 17 – December 19, 2022 (Hippias Minor)
  • Winter: January 9 – March 13, 2023 (text tbd)
  • Spring: March 20 – May 22, 2023 (text tbd)

Elementary Greek (Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM Italian Time TBC): 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).

Plato Reading Group (Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM Italian Time TBC):  This course aims to read and translate Platonic texts. 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 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

Participation Options

  • Standard Participation (lessons and workshop only)
  • Contributing Participation (includes paper presentation)
  • Scholarships and Bursaries will be offered (application deadline March 1, 2023)

More information and applications for the 2023 Seminar will be available soon, for 2022 information see: