Some of the most profound, moving and important works of literature were written in the Ancient Greek language, from the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer to the New Testament of the Bible. Studying the literature of the Ancient Greeks is the most direct path towards an understanding of the culture of Ancient Greece, from art to law, philosophy to poetry, and military strategy to the concept of democracy.
Those who have written in Ancient Greek stand as giants in the canon of Western literature and thought. A knowledge of Ancient Greek will allow you to enjoy the poetry of Homer and Sappho, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, the legal oratory of Demosthenes and Lysias, the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, and the Bible’s New Testament.
We firmly believe that every translation of a work of literature is an interpretation, and thus to understand and appreciate a work of poetry, history or philosophy, the ability to read the original text in its original language is of absolute importance.
Like Latin, Greek is a highly structured language which promotes the use of close reading, analysis and logic. Training in Ancient Greek is also training in a way of thinking, and it also serves to teach the student a great deal about our own English language. Even students for whom Ancient Greek is their first foreign language will find it both satisfying and enchanting. It is a language in which a very few words can serve to express complex and nuanced ideas, and much of its great beauty can be appreciated even by the raw beginner.
For students who have already studied some Latin, they will find much grammatical common ground between the two languages. Studying Latin and Greek together significantly improves your skill in both languages, and the two complement each other extremely well. Moreover, for those who have studied Latin extensively and have an interest in Latin literature and history, an understanding of Ancient Greek adds immense depth to an appreciation of Roman culture, history, religion and literature.
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