Modern and Classical Language Instruction
Readings from Herodotus
Intermediate Classical Greek Online
September 6 – December 6, 2018
Thursdays, 6:15-9:15 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 1ó 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 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 Greek prose by reading and translating the Histories of Herodotus. Herodotus, one of the very first prose writers in ancient Greek, writes in a style that bridges the oral/poetic culture of the early classical period and the more refined prose of the likes of Plato. Because of his liminal status, Herodotus can at times give the impression of being a Homer writing in prose and at other times a clear precursor to the more empirical historical writing of Thucydides. The selections for the course will be mainly drawn from Books I and II of the Histories.
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 13-week course meets once a week on Thursdays, 6:15 pm-9:15 pm EST. The class includes 39 hours of live instruction, equivalent in scope to semester courses at colleges or graduate schools. Each 3-hour session includes 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.
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 45-minute oral, individualized examination scheduled outside of regular class time. A letter grade will also be assigned. This performance evaluation will be kept on file at the Erasmus Academy and may be forwarded to any college or academic institution upon request by a student. A student may also participate in the course without taking the final oral examination, and still receive a performance evaluation. However, his or her college or graduate institution may require a grade to be assigned in order to grant academic credit for this course.
Selections from Herodotus, by Amy Barbour. University of Oklahoma Press, 2011 (Second Edition). ISBN: 978-0806141701
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. This will be the third semester course Mr. Lopez has taught for the Erasmus Academy, following reading classes on the Attic prose of Lysias and Plato and on selected texts of Homer and Sophocles.
Registration, Course Fee and Refund Policy
The fee for Readings from Herodotus: Intermediate Classical Greek Online is $900, payable to the Erasmus Academy by the registration deadline, August 25, 2018. To reserve a place in the course, an Enrollment Form and a non-refundable deposit of $75 must be submitted to the Admissions Office of the Erasmus Academy. The balance of $825 due by August 25th. Early application is recommended, however, due to space availability. The maximum number of students in this online course is 20. There are also Early Bird Registration options. If a student registers and pays in full by June 5, 2018, the total course fee is $650; by July 25, ’18 the total fee is $750; by August 25, ’18, $850. After August 25, the normal fee of $900 applies. These payment options are accessible in the online store of the website (www.erasmusacademy.com).
If, after the first two weeks of classes, a student wishes to discontinue the Readings from Herodotus course, a letter to this effect must be received by the Erasmus Academy Office by 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Thereupon, a refund of $825 will be returned to the student (for Early Bird registrants, the course fee paid will be refunded, less $75). Readings from Herodotus: Intermediate Classical Greek Online.
Course Fee: $900
For inquiries, please contact:
Erasmus Academy Admissions Office
320 7th Avenue #101
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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