Introduction to Attic Greek: Volume 1

We are pleased to share the first volume of this Learning Module at the Kosmos Society: Introduction to Attic Greek.

This comprises a series of video presentations made by Leonard Muellner (Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Brandeis University) and Belisi Gillespie. They cover the content covered in two semesters of a college-level Introduction to Ancient Greek course. These videos are designed to be used in conjunction with the book Greek: An Intensive Course by Hardy Hansen and Gerald M. Quinn.

You can find the video playlist here.

If you are a member of the Kosmos Society and are interested in joining a study group, or wish to sign up for Office Hour sessions, please post in the forum.

This is a suggested syllabus for the first three units:

Before You Start Week 1: Review of Alphabet and Intro to accents

References to numbered sections are in Greek: An Intensive Course by Hansen and Quinn.

Learn Ancient Greek: 1_Introduction to learning Ancient Greek (watch videos)

INTRODUCTION
1. The Greek Language;

Intro to Homeric Greek: Alphabet (If you want to review)

Document referred to in the video (PDF): Greek Alphabet with Reference to Core Vocab Words

Intro to Homeric Greek: Diphthongs (if you want to review)

Pronunciation Practice: community-generated videos using Core Vocabulary terms—playlist of five videos:

Learn Ancient Greek: 2_Introduction accents

2. The Greek Alphabet;
3. Rough and Smooth Breathing;
4. Long and Short Vowels;
5. Diphthongs;
6. Iota Subscript and Adscript;
7. Gamma Combined with Certain Consonants;
8. Classification of Consonants;*
9. Punctuation and Capitalization;

Learn Ancient Greek: 3_Unit1 Basic English Grammar 1 (if you want review of subject, direct object, indirect object, and predicate)

Ancient Greek as an Inflected Language, with Graeme Bird (quick and general discussion about inflection and flexible word order)

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If you want more in depth coverage of the alphabet, check out:

* The Greek Alphabet, with Joel Christensen

If you just want additional pronunciation practice, jump to 25:25 in that video

WEEK 1: Start Unit 1

Learn Ancient Greek: 7_Unit 1 Vocabulary Comments

Learn Ancient Greek: 4 _Unit 1 First Declension Nouns

13. Nouns: Overview;
14. First-Declension Nouns (Nominative in -η or -α);

Learn Ancient Greek: 5_Unit 1 Second Declension Masculine and Neuter

15. Second-Declension Nouns;

WEEK 2: Unit 1 continued

Learn Ancient Greek: 6_Unit 1 The Definite Article and its Grouping function


16. The Article;

17. Word Order

WEEK 3: Start Unit 2

Learn Ancient Greek: 12_Unit 2 Vocabulary

Learn Ancient Greek: 8_Unit 2 Greek Verbal System

18. Verbs: Overview;
19. Principal Parts;

Learn Ancient Greek: 9_Unit 2 Present and Imperfect Active Indicative


20. Present Indicative Active;
21. Imperfect Indicative Active;

WEEK 4: Unit 2 continued

Learn Ancient Greek: 10_Unit 2 Future and Aorist Active Indicative 2


22. Future Indicative Active;
23. Aorist Indicative Active;

Learn Ancient Greek: 11_Unit 2 Agreement Infinitives Questions

24. Agreement of Subject and Verb;
25. Questions;
26. Infinitives and Their Use;

27. Synopsis

WEEK 5: Start Unit 3

Learn Ancient Greek: 17_Unit 3 Vocabulary

Learn Ancient Greek: 13_Unit 3 Perfective Aspect and Indicative Forms

28. Perfect Indicative Active;
29. Pluperfect Indicative Active;
30. Perfect Infinitive Active;

WEEK 6: continue Unit 3

Learn Ancient Greek: 14_Unit 3 Forms of Optative and Subjunctive

31. Subjunctive and Optative Moods – Present Subjunctive Active;
32. Aorist Subjunctive Active;
33. Present Optative Active;
34. Aorist Optative Active;

WEEK 7: Unit 3, continued

Learn Ancient Greek: 15_Unit 3 Concept of Moods in Ancient Greek

35. Sequence of Moods;

Learn Ancient Greek: 16_Unit 3 Purpose Clauses

36. Purpose Clauses

WEEK 8: REVIEW: UNITS 1 TO 3

SELF-CORRECTING EXAMINATION 1A
SELF-CORRECTING EXAMINATION 1B

APPENDIX

Decoding Ancient Greek Dictionary Entries, with Joel Christensen