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Poetry, history, religion, medicine, philosophy . . .

Whether you want to read Homer or Hippocrates, Aristotle or Aristophanes, Paul or Plato, Greek is the language for you.

. . . drama, political science, biology, literary criticism . . .

You’ll start with classical Attic Greek, the dialect spoken and written in Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries BC: a language of tragedy, comedy, oratory, history, and philosophy.

. . . astronomy, rhetoric, mythology, geography . . .

With a knowledge of the basic grammar and vocabulary of Attic, you can later go on to read the epics of Homer, the letters of Paul, the comedies of Aristophanes, or whatever you'd like from texts spanning 1200 years of history.

Greek as CLA second language requirement

The beginning and intermediate sequence in classical Greek consists of GRK 1001, 1002, 3003, and 3004. To fulfill the second language requirement with classical Greek, you must complete GRK 3004 with a grade of C- or better (or S). There is no Language Proficiency Exam for classical Greek.

Courses in classical Greek

Classical Greek is offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels every semester. No courses are offered during the summer.


  • GRK 1001 – Beginning Classical Greek I (5 cr., every fall)
  • GRK 1002 – Beginning Classical Greek II (5 cr., every spring)


  • GRK 3003 – Intermediate Greek Prose (4 cr., every fall)
  • GRK 3004 – Intermediate Greek Poetry (4 cr., every spring)


  • GRK 5100 – Advanced Reading (3 cr.)
  • GRK 5200 – Biblical Greek (3 cr.)