Greek Beginnings

The Classical Association of Scotland is pleased to announce the latest in its completely free-to-access Online Seminar Series: Greek Beginnings.

Following hot on the heels of our introductory Latin SessionGreek Beginnings offers learners the chance not only to engage with Ancient Greek language from scratch, but also offers the opportunity to get to grips with the opening sections of a number of famous Greek works. The seminar is rounded out with a session looking at the study of Ancient Greek more broadly. By the end of this seminar, you should have a real appreciation of the language on its own terms and the way in which it has survived and been transmitted to us today.

These sessions take place on Saturday 5th December 2020, and are open to all. Obviously the first session is targeted explicitly at those with no previous knowledge of Ancient Greek, but everyone is welcome. By that same token, absolute beginners will certainly be able to take something from the subsequent sessions on the day! In keeping with the rest of the seminar series, these sessions are *completely free*, although registration will be required to access the Zoom links:

Session One: This session, designed for beginners, introduces you to the Greek language. We’ll look at Greek words in English and how they work in a Greek sentence. By the end of the session, you’ll have an understanding of how a basic Greek sentence is constructed and translated.

Session Two: This is open to anyone interested in learning more about the study of ancient Greek, from absolute beginner to intermediate level. We’ll look at ‘beginnings’ in classical literature and focus on the defining opening words of famous works. We will discuss our reactions to these words and think about their role in shaping literary narrative and tradition.

Session Three: The final session is open to anyone interested in learning more about the study of ancient Greek. We will look at defining words from Greek literature in their wider cultural and historical context. We will think about changes in meaning and modern uses of terms alongside their ancient uses in literature.

Sessions will be led by Drs Ann-Sophie Schoess and Michael Carroll (University of St Andrews), and will run between 1.30-5pm (Session I: 1.30-2.30; Session II: 2.45-3.45; Session III: 4-5). 

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Dr Alex Imrie ([email protected]). PLEASE NOTE: once again, participants will need to register to receive the access codes for the Zoom live sessions.