Beginning Spoken Ancient Greek

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This is a course aimed at students of ancient Greek who can read texts silently, but are wanting to become comfortable speaking the language. We will be using the Revised Pronunciation pioneered by W. Sidney Allen and presented in a usable form in his slim 1966 volume, Vox Graeca.

In this course, I offer audio and text. We will move slowly but surely from pronouncing individual letters of the ancient Greek alphabet, to pronouncing short prose and poetic texts. I want to pay special tribute to the late Stephen Daitz in this endeavor: his beautiful rendition of Homer and the Epitaph of Seikilos are the reason that I fell in love with ancient Greek in the first place, in all its audible glory. I hope I can pass on some of his love, joy, and care for this beautiful language, whose sounds have just begun to be explored by modern students.

  • Introduction to the Alphabet
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  • Heavy and Light Syllables
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  • Tones
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  • Some Homer
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  • Some Plato
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  • Some Aristophanes
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  • Some Thucydides
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