Modern Greek

Since Fall 2007, the Department of Classics has been part of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, and the Program in Modern Greek has been part of the Department of Classics. The location of Modern Greek in Classics makes great intellectual sense since issues of continuity and change are central to the Greek identity. The department's concentration in Hellenic Studies offers a unique experience for students to evaluate the continuity, rupture, and legacy of antiquity for the Modern Greek world from the vitae perspective of language. Click here to learn more about the concentration.

Spring 2014 courses

GREE-012: Intensive First Level Modern Greek II This course is designed for students who have taken GREE-011 or who have some rudimentary Greek language skills. It extends student language skills and increases student familiarity with Greek history and culture. The course continues the emphasis on instruction in phonology, the fundamentals of grammar and the development of basic vocabulary. Student participation in interactive exercises built around diverse audio-visual materials is expected.

GREE-112: Intensive Second Level Modern Greek II This sequence course further equips students to exchange information in conversational Modern Greek. The course expands vocabulary by introducing students to more idioms and colloquialisms and builds a deeper appreciation of Greek grammar and syntax. Greek customs and traditions are explored through class conversation and audio-visual materials. Students are introduced to more Greek literature and a wider range of Greek language materials and media. Students continue honing Greek language skills with structured classroom debating games

GREE-209: Landscapes of Modern Greek Literature:
Located in the "third space" between East and West, Greece is an ideal starting point for exploring cross-cultural interactions with Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, and beyond. The landscapes of Modem Greek literature, themselves poised on the tension between sea and land, are fertile soils for the themes of travel, exile, marginality, and homecoming. The course will revolve around two themes that are recurrent in Modem Greek literature as a result of its cultural and geographical particularity. The first is a reflection on the survival of antiquity through its remnants above and below ground. The second is a record of the overlapping and shifting geographies of empire, nation-state, and diaspora. Readings will include a variety of genres from folk song and poetry to the historical novel and contemporary fiction. Through them, we will also investigate the significance of the "spatial turn" in the humanities, or the growing attention to the geographical imagination and its shaping of cultural forms. No knowledge of Greek is required. All materials will be available in English.

GREE-212: Intensive Third Level Modern Greek II
This final sequence course is intended to round out student Modern Greek conversational skills. Advanced grammar lessons are offered but grammar issues are also identified for each student and worked on individually as well. Students have the opportunity to expand vocabulary in areas of personal or specialized interest relevant to their broader educational goals. The classroom learning experience continues to include Greek culture, history and literature introduced through the use of diverse audio-visual media, including excerpts from Greek radio and television.