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October 19th, 2008
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Learn Greek!
Some time ago, I posted this, and started an amateur Latin study group. That group is still going strong: having finished the systematic study of Latin grammar, we now read and translate texts from (and even to) classical Latin. The study group format is such a success, I have decided to open a new group, this time dedicated to the study of classical Greek. So:

I propose to lead a study group of classical Greek (as written in Athens ca. 5th-4th century BC), free of charge and open for all (optimal group size: 12-18 people). Details:

What: study classical Greek

Where: place to be announced; vaguely in the 03 area code.

When: once every two weeks, evening, day to be decided by democratic vote of prospective study group members. Each session would last approximately 3 hours.

How:
  • we shall use the book יוונית למתחילים by Ra'anana Meridor, and follow its lesson plan. I have used this book in learning Greek at TAU, and subsequently taught the TAU beginner Greek course myself with the same book. While it is inappropriate for unguided self-study, it'll do admirably well for our purposes. It is available in Dyonon, Academon, etc. Once group members are finalized, members (not I!) may organize a group purchase if they like.
  • I will be providing explanations, as well as historical, social, or literary context where appropriate.
  • each student must prepare exercises between meetings (Greek cannot be learned without individual exercise). At the meeting, we shall learn new material and compare and discuss the exercises from the previous time. We shall set the pace according to the group's preference.
  • In addition to synthetic (made up) sentences, each lesson, starting from the very first one, will feature actual, authentic Greek sentences or passages, drawn from Greek sources.
Why:
  • Greek is a lovely language (more lovely than Latin, even!)
  • Ancient Greek literature contains some of the absolute peaks of human literary achievement, and with knowledge of the language, you'll be able to savor it more fully (we'll be reading some during the course).
  • It's an excellent and rewarding intellectual challenge.
  • "I would make everyone learn English; then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor -- and Greek as a treat." --Sir Winston Churchill
  • I need to keep my Greek from rusting. (this is, of course, the real reason for starting the group)
Why not: Because it takes effort, and you may not be interested enough to stay committed. Please don't waste both our time if you don't think you'd like to dedicate some time for the study of Greek in the coming two years or so.

Sign up here, or via e-mail. I'd like to begin late in December.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested. If there are too many takers, precedence will be given to the first takers, as well as to anyone interested of those who wanted to join the Latin group in 2005 but couldn't make it due to the day chosen at the time. That said, I don't mind beginning with much more than 18 people, as I assume a few would drop out soon enough (somehow, some always do...)

update: Number of people that expressed interest so far: 20

update: I have sent all interested people an e-mail with instructions about a wiki site I've set up, where they can specify their preferred time and place. If you're interested and haven't received the e-mail, please write to me at once.

Current Music: Beethoven -- Piano Sonata No. 17 (Andras Schiff)

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 19th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I was put out to discover that no one runs commuter flights from here to Tel Aviv. Otherwise I would join you!

J
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From:mummimamma
Date:October 19th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
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My thoughts exactely! (Although I think I'd have some problems with the textbook...)
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From:oddcellist
Date:December 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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More aptly: εἴ μοι χρόνον εἶεν, ἔλθοιμι ἄν... ὅπως τὴν γλῶτταν τὴν Ἑβραίων μάθω.

Looks like I could use a refresher myself, though.
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From:goliard
Date:October 19th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I'd sit in if I wasn't on the wrong continent. But if you get the group an LJ account (I think you did that for Latin?) I promise to comment.
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From:dimrub
Date:October 19th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm in!
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From:dimrub
Date:October 19th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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And if you need a place for the group, there's some available in the 09 area.
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From:ijon
Date:October 20th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!
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From:passacaglio
Date:October 19th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)

Wow, you are still going on..

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I rather miss you guys, but I had alot of singing to do..
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From:belvane
Date:October 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm interested.
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From:ijon
Date:October 22nd, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Welcome!
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From:avva
Date:October 22nd, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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I'm in.

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From:ijon
Date:October 22nd, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Welcome!
From:guysha
Date:October 22nd, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

Totally in

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I'm in, Gali told me about it. Can't wait.
Guy
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From:ijon
Date:October 22nd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Totally in

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Welcome!
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From:lady_alien
Date:October 22nd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I found you via avva and dimrub. I'd love to join the group.
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From:ijon
Date:October 22nd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Welcome! Please e-mail me a short introduction, and include contact information.
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From:lady_alien
Date:October 22nd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I sent you an e-mail to the address in your userinfo.
From:oblomov_jerusal
Date:October 22nd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Will there be a more advanced group? I listened to a course based on the Raanana Meridor's book several years ago and got through the "Apology of Socrates".
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From:ijon
Date:October 22nd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm afraid not at the moment; I'm over-extended as it is. But if your patience doesn't run out before the amount of Greek you remember well, you'd be able to join us at some point, in a few months, maybe a year, depending on your preference.
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From:kasya
Date:October 23rd, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
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I'm in.
I always dreamed to learn ancient Greek.
My father did.
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From:ijon
Date:October 23rd, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
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Welcome! Please e-mail me a short introduction, and include contact information.
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From:lbyf
Date:October 27th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)

Late as usual

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I want to try. Am I too late? :()
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From:ijon
Date:October 27th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Late as usual

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Of course not! After all, I promised you I'd teach you Greek some four years ago, n'est-ce pas? I've e-mailed you further instructions.
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From:atzmi
Date:November 4th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)

I'm in too.

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Or am I? You wrote you have 20 students already...
If I have to assassinate any of them to take their place, please let me know so I'd be able to do that in time.
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From:suslik_
Date:November 13th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm interested!
Polina already forwarded me the e-mail, so I signed up in the community.

Ela
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From:ijon
Date:November 13th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Welcome! Please send me a few lines of introduction, and provide your contact information, by e-mail (asaf.bartov-AT-gmail.com).
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From:allissa
Date:November 13th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Am I too late? I'm also interested in this project.
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From:ijon
Date:November 13th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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No, not too late, you're welcome to join us. Please e-mail me a few words about yourself, along with contact information. I'll send you the details about the group wiki where we are voting on time and place for the meetings. If you're very quick, you just might still have time to cast your vote.
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