If you take ancient Greek at Dartmouth, you will get to study some of the great works of Greek literature, even in your first year of study. No prior experience is required.

Interested in studying Greek?

If you have not studied ancient Greek before, the place to begin is GRK 1 in Fall, followed by GRK 3 in Winter. (There is no GRK 2). These courses cover all the basics of grammar and syntax. Before you finish Greek 3, you will be sampling works from the classical period of Athenian literature, such as Plato and Xenophon. During Winter term, there is also the option of Intensive Greek, a two-credit course that covers both GRK 1 and GRK 3. Successful completion of GRK 3 satisfies the College language requirement.

Continuing your study of Greek

After completing Greek 1 and 3, you will enter an intermediate course, Greek 10, which will be based around a theme or an important text. For instance, we might read Plato’s Crito or one of the beautiful speeches by Lysias. As you proceed, you will continue to develop your overall knowledge of the language, and will be able to immerse yourself in some of the ideas circulating in Athens in its political, literary, and philosophical heyday. If you are unable to take Greek 10 in the spring term, there is another opportunity in the fall.

After Greek 10 you are eligible for any course numbered 20 or above. Homer's Iliad,  Euripides' Medea, Plato's Republic, the New Testament Greek are just a few of the texts you might read in the original language. During sophomore summer, there is a combined seminar with the advance Latin students.

Additional Information

Please check our course schedule often for up-to-date information on course meeting times and course availability.