Intermediate Ancient Greek – Year-long Course – 2022/23


    “Learning Ancient Greek is a completely novel experience. It’s foreign yet familiar, ancient but still very relevant, challenging and overwhelmingly rewarding.” ~Prof. Lauren

    Enrollment Options


    InstructorProf. Lauren Allen
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length32 Weeks - Year-long
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 9:00 - 9:50 AM Pacific – 8/18/22 – 5/20/23

    “I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat.”
    ~Sir Winston Churchill

    In this class, which is a continuation of our first-year class, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Attic Greek grammar. Building on their knowledge of inflection and verbs, we will be able to explore more original readings from Greek authors. Through reading and direct grammar instruction, we will expand our grammatical foundations, encountering 3rd declension nouns, relative clauses, our first μι (mi) verb, the aorist tense, and much more.

    By studying vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, students will not only gain an appreciation for Greek but will also learn more about English and language in general. Students will get the opportunity to read original Greek authors extensively, including Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Menander, and more.

    Note to parents: 

    • The minimum enrollment for this class is four students. As this is a continuing class, if it does not meet minimum enrollment, the instructor will contact all enrolled families to discuss options for continuing study.
    • If your student is not a continuing Athena’s student, please contact the instructor to discuss proper placement.
    • In this class, we will be reading Greek that was written by Greek writers. Although detail is not included, some of the readings may contain mature content or themes, which may include violence (including rape), death, references to sex, and ample amount of misogyny. While these themes may be present, as they are in many world mythologies (like Greek Mythology), fairy tales, and literature, they are not the primary focus of our class. The main focus of the class is Greek language acquisition.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read a text selection.
    • Complete practice materials from the textbook, workbook, and/or other provided supplements and turn them in for feedback.
    • Respond to a forum post or collaborate with other students via a classroom forum.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Practice vocabulary.
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Supplementary tutorial materials that can be turned in for feedback.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Greek webinars include teacher-led explanation of grammar concepts, a systematic approach to sentence analysis, practice, and some group work. We also will play some Greek games to reinforce grammar, vocabulary, etc.
    • Active Participation via the microphone, chat, and whiteboard in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 6th-grade level or above.
    • Have the maturity level requisite to deal with readings that may contain mature content or themes. (See Note to Parents under the main description.)
    • Knowledge of Attic Greek accentuation and a thorough understanding of all cases, declensions I/II, 1st/2nd declension adjectives, the present, imperfect, and future verb tenses for omega and contract verbs in all voices.
    • If your student is not a continuing student, please contact the instructor to discuss proper placement.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Make mistakes and communicate when not understanding.
    • Be prepared for the webinar– including reading the text and completing the activities in the Required section.
    • Verbally participate in webinar discussions.
    • Ask questions when they don’t understand or are confused.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials: