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)

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)


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




Decoding Ancient Greek Dictionary Entries, with Joel Christensen