Erasmus Academy
Erasmus Academy 
Modern and Classical Language Instruction

Intermediate Classical Greek Online

September 14 – December 7, 2017
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 pm EST 

This intermediate classical Greek course is designed for graduate, college and other students or adults desiring to improve their reading and translating skills. The course assumes a full year or 1½ yrs. of college or university instruction in classical Greek. That is, the course assumes that a student has completed the grammar stage of learning the language, has a foundation in Attic prose, and is prepared to read un-adapted texts. This course and its sequel in the spring semester would enable a student to progress toward reading more advanced Greek. 

This Fall term course aims at equipping a student to become more comfortable with reading Attic prose, by reading and translating works of Lysias and Plato. Lysias’ (445-c.380 BCE) language is crafted to flow easily and, in terms of ancient criticism, became the model of the plain style. By starting with Lysias, we will review Attic grammar, work on building vocabulary, and experience a standard defense speech. Following this we will jump in to a slightly less orthodox approach to a defense speech with Plato’s Apology of Socrates. 

The sequel to this course, in the Spring term (from the end of January through the beginning of May, 2018), also comprising 36 hrs. of instruction, is designed to improve a student’s skills in reading poetic texts, by working through selected passages in Homer and Sophocles. 

Course Structure
As a distance learning course, students may take this class from any location or from the convenience of their home. They will need to have access to the Internet. The course meets in “real time” and participants are expected to attend all the scheduled sessions. Each student participates fully in each class by listening and speaking, translating and posing questions. Students interact directly with the instructor and the other students, and can be heard at any time during the class. The selections to be read aloud and translated are visible at all times to the students on the screen. The 12-week course meets once a week on Thursdays, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm EST. The class includes 36 hours of instruction. Each 3-hour session includes grammar review where necessary, strategies for analyzing Greek sentences, vocabulary & verb study, identifying syntax, and sight-reading. Presuming 3 hours of outside preparation for each hour in class, 12 hours (3 + 9) a week should be available for study. 

Performance Evaluation
At the conclusion of the course, the instructor will write an extensive performance evaluation of each student based on class participation, translating and analyzing skills in class, and on a final 30-minute oral examination scheduled outside of regular class time. A letter grade is also assigned. This performance evaluation will be kept on file at the Erasmus Academy and will be forwarded to any college or academic institution upon request by a student. At the discretion of the instructor, a student may request to participate in the course as an auditor.  

Required Books
Lysias: Selected Speeches (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics), edited by C. Carey. Cambridge University Press, 1990.  ISBN: 978-0521269889. Available from Amazon Books: $25, new; $18, used. 
Plato: Apology (Greek Edition, revised), edited by J. J. Helm. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1997. ISBN: 978-0865163485. Amazon Books: $30, new; $22, used. 

Note: The text for the first session, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 will be Lysias I: “On the Murder of Eratosthenes,” from the beginning, sections 1-5. To download that text prior to receiving the book, you can use Steadman’s edition, which is free online: That resource also has word glosses for the text. Other sites for downloading classical texts are the Perseus Project and the TLG. Resources for a Greek or Latin online dictionary include and

Background of Instructor 
Mr. Aramis Lopez is a PhD candidate in Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His extensive teaching includes serving as an instructor of ancient Greek, from 2012 to the present, in the intensive summer Latin/Greek Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center. From 2014-2017 he has also been the Chair of the Basic Greek program there. During the Fall and Spring terms from 2010 to 2017 Mr. Lopez has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College in New York, teaching Homer, Greek & Roman Tragedy, Classical Mythology, Greek Civilization, and Greek & Latin Roots of English. Other language competency includes Spanish, Catalan, French, German and Sanskrit.

Registration, Course Fee and Refund Policy
Since this represents a new and attractive series of courses in the classics, the Erasmus Academy is making it easy and affordable to experience this Fall term class. Accordingly, any student may attend and fully participate in any first four classes free of charge. That is, regardless of when a student begins (Sept. 14, 21, 28, etc.) she or he may attend the first four classes at no charge. The only requirement to attend is to fill out and submit the Intermediate Classical Greek Enrollment Form (downloadable from the EA website). To continue enrollment after the fourth class, the course fee of $750 must be submitted online. A student also has the option of withdrawing before the seventh class, by writing (email) or phoning the EA Admissions Office to that effect. Thereupon, $675 will be refunded to the student.
An illustration will clarify this. Let us assume that a student begins this Fall term course on Sept. 21, 2017. She or he may attend three more classes free of charge: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12. To continue to attend the 5th class on Oct. 19, the $750 fee must be paid through the Erasmus Academy online shopping cart. To withdraw and receive a refund the student needs to inform the EA Admissions Office before the 7th class, in the case before Nov. 1, 2017. Thereupon, $675 will be refunded to the student. 

Note 1 Any student may also pay the course fee of $750 up front. The same withdrawal deadline applies. A call or email to the EA Admissions Office before the 7th class requesting a withdrawal will result in a refund of $675 to that student. The maximum class size for this course is 20. 

Note 2  For the sequel spring, 2018 course on Classical Greek poetic texts, the standard Erasmus Academy course fee and registration & refund policy applies: the course fee of $950 is paid in full in advance and the withdrawal deadline is after the first two weeks of the course. 

           Intermediate Classical Greek. First Class Sept. 14, 2017
 Course Fee:  $750

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Erasmus Academy Admissions Office
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Brooklyn, NY  11215

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