Ancient Greek is the language known to us from the writings of Homer, Sappho, Plato, and Sophocles, along with many other authors; in a dialect called koine it also forms the language of the New Testament. It differs widely enough from the Greek spoken today that the two are considered separate languages.
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Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Latin languages and cultures. Classics is an interdisciplinary field of study, approaching the ancient evidence from a variety of perspectives: students interested in language, literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, and art history have traditionally used the tools of these disciplines to understand the ancient Mediterranean world.
Classical Studies Website
Bard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.
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Greek Language Resources
Greek Language Dictionaries and Grammars
Perseus Word Study Tool
This database, run out of Tufts, is much more than a dictionary. It allows the user to read and search all extant classical texts for any word. Its word study tool processes declensional or conjugational information, allowing the word to be entered as it is seen on the page and revealing the identity and dictionary entry of even the most obscure words.
This is a stripped-down version of the Liddell and Scott Greek dictionary, culled from the Perseus database. It has a much simpler interface and does not parse the entered word. For this reason, it is more helpful to the student who just wants to access to a Greek dictionary.
Basil Gildersleeve’s Syntax of Classical Greek
A Greek grammar for the advanced student. Made available through Perseus, this book presupposes a knowledge of ancient Greek and clarifies more specific questions about classical usage.
Resources for All Language Learners
These resources are related to cultural literacy, especially within entertainment and the media. Some podcasts may be of particular interest to certain corresponding majors or just interesting subjects—find one that “speaks” to you! These also include vocabulary, speaking, and writing practice. Some of these resources come in the form of smartphone apps (for both iPhone and Android), allowing for fun language learning on the go.
Grammar and Vocabulary
Ancient Greek Tutorials
This site functions as an online companion to Daniel Mastronarde’s Introduction to Attic Greek, but will be useful to any student of the language. It contains vocabulary drills, morphology tests and guides, even a principle parts quiz!<
Paideia Institute’s Living Greek Blog
This is a blog written entirely in ancient Greek that focuses alternately on tragedy, philosophy, and reviews of modern movies. Sometimes an audio recording accompanies the post, and so it’s a great way to increase reading comprehension and speed.
Akropolis World News Contemporary news articles translated into ancient Greek! Although they are full of neologisms, the articles are a great way to practice your Greek and increase your reading speed.
Resources for Advanced Language Learners
The following resources include bibliographies and citation help, research databases for locating scholarly publications as well as selected online journals in fields from poetry and music to history and journalism.
Rassegna degli Strumenti Informatici per lo Studio dell’Antichità Classica
An index of online resources for the study of the ancient world.
Voice of the Shuttle
A frequently updated guide to online resources in the Humanities, including Classics.
An online journal on women in antiquity.
A gallery of images of archeological sites, organized by location.This will be helpful to anyone who wants to see the places they read about.
A guide to ancient geography, with 360 views and linked articles, will allow the user to become immersed in the ancient sites.
A searchable database of articles on the geography of the ancient world, will help the student become familiar with ancient places, their names, and general information about them.
A collection of images of the Oxyrynchus papyri.
Ancient Greek Research Resources
Great for any student of Homer, this database will allow the user to search any line number of the Iliad and view an image of the corresponding page of various manuscripts, sometimes with facing Greek transcription.
Guide to the excavations at the Athenian Agora, with site maps, articles, and pictures.
The ultimate online resource for the study of Athenian Democracy.
A photographic archive of archaeological and architectural remains in Athens, organized by site.
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