WHA offers Ancient (Attic) Greek. By starting with the more ancient form of the language, students will learn how to read classical texts as well as the Bible, written in the more recent Koine form.
Greek 1 is an introductory course into the Ancient Greek language that simultaneously explores Greek culture in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. This course is designed to train students in speaking, listening, and, primarily, reading Biblical and ancient texts. Students will learn the basics of Ancient Greek by studying the alphabet, common vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and pronunciation. The study of Ancient Greek encompasses that of Biblical (Koine) Greek, and students will translate passages both from great works, such as Homer’s Odyssey, and from the New Testament. Knowledge gained from this course will not only allow students to read the Bible in the original language in which it was written, but it will also help them better understand ancient history and even the English Language. There is no prerequisite for this class, but students who have taken Latin may have an easier time due to the many grammatical parallels.
Prerequisites: None; Prior exposure to Latin recommended.
Textbook: Please confirm with book list below before purchasing. Greek: An Intensive Course, 2nd Revised Edition (Hansen and Quinn).
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12
Greek 2 (Readings)
Greek Readings has as its central goal the development of reading proficiency. Students will spend the first half of the course building reading skill with selections from classical authors such as Herodotus, Aesop, Herodotus, and Homer. The second half of the course will be devoted to the Septuagint and New Testament. Students will also improve their grammar by prose composition exercises. Students may register for this course year after year with different readings for repeatable credit.
Prerequisites: WHA Greek 1 or other complete introductory Greek grammar with permission of instructor.
Suggested Grade Level: 8-12