Section: Languages   |   School: School of Logic, School of Rhetoric

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

Greek 1 introduces students to the Ancient Greek language, which encompasses that of Biblical (Koine) Greek, and simultaneously explores Greek culture in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. This course is designed to train students in reading Biblical and ancient texts as well as in speaking and listening. Students will learn the basics of Ancient Greek by studying the alphabet, common vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and pronunciation, and they 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam and the National Greek Exam.

Suggested Grade Level: 7-12

Prerequisites:  None; Prior exposure to Latin recommended.
Textbook: Please see book list below.

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 skills 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam and the National Greek Exam.

Suggested Grade Level: 8-12

Prerequisites:  WHA Greek 1 or other complete introductory Greek grammar with permission of instructor. 

2020-2021 Greek 1 & 2 Book Lists