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Ancient Greek Language and Culture

This course offers a comprehensive appraisal of the language of ancient Greece. It also explores some central features of Ancient Greek literature. In this course we aim to examine the cultural context surrounding classical Greek and its successors. In the first term, those who have knowledge of Greek grammar will be able to review it at a leisurely pace while people with little or no knowledge will have an opportunity to learn the basics of the Greek grammar. Aspects such as the origins of the language and the dialects will also be considered in the first term. The second term will be devoted to a careful study of the Ancient Greek literary language through samplings of Greek authors, in both poetry and prose, ranging from the archaic to Hellenistic times. We will also consider the relevance of the past in the present and there will be time to explore some favourite topics more in-depth through inclusive but leisurely class discussion.

How to apply

This course will run subject to sufficient numbers enrolling–there will be a limited number of places available. The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 16th September. You may register and pay by credit/laser card online at after 16th August 2015 or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 250/Concession EUR 125 for the course. A concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

6 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays. The venue is to be confirmed.


The Course comprises one class per week over two twelve-week terms commencing Thursday 29 September 2016, and recommencing Thursday 19 January 2017. There is a one week break in each term, (7 - 11 November 2016 and 27 Feb - 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.