Ancient Greek language

Finding Beauty in the Smallest Words: Anna Bonifazi on Ancient Greek Particles

We are pleased to share the following video conversation with Dr. Anna Bonifazi (Universität Heidelberg) who directs a collaborative project on particle use across genres in ancient Greek literature. Bonifazi and her team show that the systematic study of particles and particle clusters offers valuable information about performance and narrative organization. This discussion offers an accessible and engaging preview of Bonifazi's work. What emerges is a sense that the smallest and most frequently overlooked… Read more

“Just Enough” Greek: Speaking about This and That, with Leonard Muellner

Some words, such as 'this' and 'that', point toward things in space and time and can function either as pronouns or adjectives. These pointing words are sometimes called demonstratives and they are some of the most common words you will find when you look at ancient Greek texts. Even though they occur frequently, these words can be loaded with meaning, so learning a bit about how they work can be very rewarding. Read more

“Just Enough” Greek: Actions in Time, with Leonard Muellner

Professor Leonard Muellner of Brandeis University presents an accessible introduction to the way that ancient Greek language conveys actions in time. He clearly defines the concept of verbal aspect, then explains how a verb can mark an event as ongoing or complete, or leave this information unstated. Using examples from Homeric epic and the everyday use of the English language, he enthusiastically explains how this flexible verbal system allows speakers and… Read more

Beyond Translation: Decoding Ancient Greek Dictionary Entries, with Joel Christensen

Would you like to learn more about ancient Greek words? Have you tried to look up a word in an ancient Greek dictionary, only to find that you weren't sure how to decode the information that was there? These entries may look intimidating at first, but with a little guidance everyone can make the most of tools like the "Great Scott"—even readers who don't know ancient Greek. Read more