Classical Language Programs

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All Classical language classes are managed by Exedra Mediterranean Center Register at For information, email info@exedramc.com

Greek for Philosophers Online Reading Group

Wednesdays 16:30-17:30 (Italian Time UTC+2) Oct. 7-Dec. 9, 2020

We will be meeting once a week online to read from the original text one of the most entertaining Platonic dialogues, the Ion, (recommended text: Plato on Poetry – P. Murray (ed.): Cambridge University Press, 1996) in which the undeclared war between poetry and Socratic philosophy is in full swing. 

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, starting on the 7th of October and finishing on the 9th of December. The course will be taught live online on Zoom. Instructor: George Gazis. Course cost €100

Beginners Online Greek Course

Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 (Italian Time UTC+2) Oct. 7-Dec. 9, 2020

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 Greek texts, including the intriguing “Insurance Scam” and the escapades of the cunning Dikaiopolis. 

The course will comprise 10 classes (2 hours each) in total, starting from the beginning of October 2020 and finishing in the second week of December. The course will be taught live online on Zoom by Chiara Blanco. Course cost €200

Greek Poetry in Sicily: Theocritus (online)

January 3-8, 2021 (Times and Cost to be announced)

Theocritus, Sicily’s most renowned poet in antiquity, has captured the island’s beauty and allure in his Idylls, offering us a window through its landscapes into the everyday life of its ancient inhabitants, including their love-affairs and disappointments, fears and hopes. In this brief course, we will be reading Idylls 1 and 11, in which the poet paints a vivid and ever-changing picture of Sicily in his time by combining the simplicity of the lonely herdsman’s life with the complex web of myths and narratives he inherits from his classical predecessors. Follow us into a journey from Etna’s flaming peaks to the stream of Fonte Arethusa in Syracuse and to the isolated island of the Cyclops, where Polyphemus invites us to listen to his lamentation about his unfulfilled love for the beautiful nymph Galatea. The course is open to all levels of Greek learners, although knowledge of the alphabet and basic constructions will be required. We will go through the two Idylls slowly with the main focus on the content, while simultaneously keeping an eye out for the peculiarities of the Doric idiom which the poet adopts, adapts and reinvents. Instructor: Chiara Blanco.

Greek and Latin Summer School in Ortigia

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.  Details will be available soon.

All Classical language classes are managed by Exedra Mediterranean Center For information, email info@exedramc.com.