Ancient Greek was not only the mother tongue of the greatest and most foundational extra-Biblical literature (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and Hippocrates; Plato and Pindar; Aristotle and Aristophanes; Euclid and Euripides; Sophocles and Strabo; Demosthenes and Dio), but it served as the Scriptures’ medium with which “the Nations”, Gentiles, or non-Jews, were evangelized. From there, the Apostolic Fathers, wholly, and many of the Church Fathers [re-]created genres that remain with us today (apologias and tracts, letter-writing and textual commentaries, celebratory and funeral orations).  

Latin and Greek are unique: they are the sole two languages to be used continuously, for nearly two millennia (or more, in the case of Greek), in Christians liturgies and in scholarly debates of every matter under the sun.  In sometimes shrinking and occasionally increasing territories, Latin and Greek – more than any other languages – have been used in the most human and divine undertaking: logos, communication of rational and super-rational ideas and realities. – Dr. Jonathan Arrington, Greek and Latin teacher

CLASSICAL GREEK & LATIN, FROM HOMER TO HODIERN 

Recommended for Students in 5th-12th Grades

8/29/17 UPDATE: The Latin 1 class is now full for the year.

There are still some open spots in the Greek 1 class. 

The Angelicum Academy is happy to announce the inauguration of live, online Latin and Greek courses, beginning September 5th, 2017 (September 4th is Labor Day). Initially we will offer Latin I & Latin II and Greek I classes, to be added to next year.

Here is the Fall, 2017 Latin & Greek Class schedule [See Academic Calendar for Holidays]:

Pacific Standard TimeEastern Standard TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
2:00PM-3:00PM5:00PM-6:00PMGreek 1Greek 1Greek 1Greek 1no class
11:00AM-12:00PM2:00PM-3:00PMLatin ILatin ILatin ILatin Ino class
6:00PM-7:00PM9:00PM-10:00PMLatin 2Latin 2Latin 2Latin 2no class

These classes are live, 60 minute, online classes and meet four times per week, for thirty (30) weeks per academic year (the same academic schedule as the rest of the Angelicum live classes).  Each class fulfills the entire Greats Honors Program foreign language requirement.

The students will learn to understand the language by listening and looking, and they will learn to respond appropriately in word – written and spoken. Grammar will be presented and mastered in manageable amounts. The students will be part of the Great Conversation – literally, or, in the target language – by learning to converse about the quotidian as well as the sublime, under the guiding hand of the greatest Poets, Dramatists, Comedians, Homelists, Historians, and Jurists. These Latin and Greek classes will put into effect Dr. John Senior’s suggestions for Latin-learning, in conjunction with TPRS and CI.

MEET THE PROFESSOR: Meet the Professor: Jonathan Arrington spent six years in Catholic seminaries in Germany, Italy, France, and America.  After he left, he pursued doctoral studies in Patristic Theology at the Augustinianum, in Rome, Italy. He has sung Church Slavonic in the choir at Sant’Antonio l’abate Russian Byzantine Catholic Church in Rome for most of the last seven years. He also worked as a translator for l’Osservatore Romano, and translated documents from various modern languages into Latin for officials at the CDF, Roman Rota, and Apostolic Signatura. Finally and most enjoyably, he taught History, Theology, Latin, and Greek in Rome for Christendom College, Thomas More College, Newman College Ireland, and the Angelicum.

He now resides in South Carolina with his beloved wife, and they are happily expecting their fourth child on their coming anniversary.

His interest in and enthusiasm for the active use of Latin and Ancient Greek as the best method to learn and appreciate the genius of those languages stems in large part from felicitous friendships with several of our age’s most brilliant classicists: David Morgan (+), Luigi Miraglia, and Patrick Owens. In addition, he once shared a conversation (in Latin, of course) and a cappuccino with the renowned Nancy (Annula) Lewellyn, beside his favorite Roman Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore. That experience whet his appetite for the promotion of Latin immersion in Catholic schools.

PRESENT & PLANNED CLASSES

LATIN:

SPQR 1 In Principio: The Latin Language for the Un-immersed -Beginning Latin.

SPQR 2 In Medias Res: The Latin Language for the Initiated – Intermediate Beginner’s Latin

SPQR 3 Estote Perfecti: The Latin Language for Excellence.

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GREEK:

Greek 1 from Homer to Hieratic: Beginning Epic and Ecclesial Greek.

Greek 2 The Heights of Hellas: Intermediate-advanced Greek.

Students interested in advanced Latin or Greek classes may contact the instructor to see about adding classes or individual tutoring.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Greek 1- from Homer to Hieratic: Beginning Epic and Ecclesial Greek

Course Description and Method:  In this course we shall read through an adapted version of A Greek Boy at Home as well as some texts from Luigi Miraglia’s Athenaze series, and we’ll complete the accompanying exercises and use some of the auxiliary materials. Students will hear and use Greek, but may ask questions in English (the professor will then render those questions into simple Greek and respond in the Greek which the students will have learned already). There will be a brief weekly memorization assignment (to be rendered orally or in writing, at the student’s choice), comparable in difficulty to the texts which we shall read.

Expectations: students will demonstrate: 1) a commitment to attend classes or to watch all classes missed. If a student must miss a class, a recorded version will be sent promptly. 2) a willingness to learn, distinguish, and reproduce three of the commonest forms of pronunciation of Ancient Greek: Erasmian-Restored; Koine-Buth; and Ecclesiastical-Modern. 3) the completion of daily and weekly exercises, which require 10 minutes and 30-60 minutes, respectively, outside the scheduled class times. 4) memorization of material which will then be either recited/sung or written, as the student chooses; also, the student may both recite and and write to receive some extra credit.

Envisioned Learning Outcomes: Students will learn to understand Greek through their ears and eyes (Especially in De Anima, Book 3, Ch. 8 / 432a, as, “Hence (1) no one can learn or understand anything in the absence of sense, and (when the mind is actively aware of anything it is necessarily aware of it along with an image; for images are like sensuous contents except in that they contain no matter.”); they will also acquire the capacity to respond to questions in Classical Greek – both orally and in written form; by the end of the first semester, the student will be able to read some basic texts in Ancient Greek – with no necessity of consulting a dictionary! (including, an account of the Nativity of Our Lord [narrative-homiletic and liturgical Greek]; ancient maxims [juridical and philosophical Greek]; a few well-known phrases from the Iliad [poetic]; and a brief dialogue from Aristophanes[drama-comedic];) have a summary knowledge of essential Greek grammar. The second semester will build on this and complete the edifice.

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Latin I – SPQR 1 In Principio: The Latin Language for the Un-immersed -Beginning Latin

Course Description and Method:  In this course we shall read through most of Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, by Hans Ørberg, and complete the accompanying exercises and use some of the auxiliary materials. Students will hear and use Latin in the middle 50 minutes of each class, but may ask questions in English in the first five and final five minutes. There will be a brief weekly memorization assignment (to be rendered orally or in writing, at the student’s choice), comparable in difficulty to the texts which we shall read.

Expectations: students will demonstrate: 1) a commitment to attend classes or to watch all classes missed. If a student must miss a class, a recorded version will be sent promptly. 2) the completion of daily and weekly exercises, which require 10 minutes and 30-60 minutes, respectively, outside the scheduled class times. 3) memorization of material which will then be either recited/sung or written, as the student chooses; also, the student may both recite and and write to receive some extra credit.

Envisioned Learning Outcomes: Students will learn to understand Latin through their ears and eyes – although also through other senses, since nihil est in intellectu quod non sit prius in sensu (De veritate, q. 2 a. 3 arg. 19) – and this sensate knowledge will be ordered and organized into a work of art and science that will stand AMDG and ad perpetuam rei memoriam.

They will also acquire the capacity to respond to questions in Latin, both orally and in written form; by the end of the first semester, the student will be able to read some basic Latin texts (including, an account of the Nativity of Our Lord [narrative-homiletic and liturgical Latin]; ancient maxims [juridical]; a few well-known phrases from the Aeneid [poetic]; and a brief dialogue from Terence [drama-comedic]; have a summary knowledge of basic Latin grammar. The second semester will build on this and complete the edifice.

Required Readings and Resources: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata; Exercitia Latina; Colloquia personarum; texts provided by the professor and easily available online.

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LATIN II-SPQR 2 In Medias Res: The Latin Language for the Initiated-Intermediate Beginner’s Latin

Course Description and Method:  In this course we shall read through  Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, by Hans Ørberg, and complete the accompanying exercises and use some of the auxiliary materials. Students will hear and use Latin in the middle 50 minutes of each class, but may ask questions in English in the first five and final five minutes. There will be a brief weekly memorization assignment (to be rendered orally or in writing, at the student’s choice), comparable in difficulty to the texts which we shall read.

Expectations: students will demonstrate: 1) a commitment to attend classes or to watch all classes missed. If a student must miss a class, a recorded version will be sent promptly; 2) the completion of daily and weekly exercises, which require 10 minutes and 30-60 minutes, respectively, outside the scheduled class times; 3) memorization of material which will then be either recited/sung or written, as the student chooses; also, the student may both recite and and write to receive some extra credit.

Envisioned Learning Outcomes: Students will learn to understand Latin through their ears and eyes; they will also acquire the capacity to respond to questions in Latin, both orally and in written form; by the end of the first semester, the student will be able to read some intermediate Latin texts (including, an account of the Nativity of Our Lord [narrative-homiletic and liturgical Latin]; ancient maxims [juridical]; a few well-known phrases from the Aeneid [poetic]; and a brief dialogue from Terence [drama-comedic]; have a summary knowledge of basic Latin grammar.

The student will learn Latin through the eyes and ears, primarily – although also through other senses, since nihil est in intellectu quod non sit prius in sensu (De veritate, q. 2 a. 3 arg. 19) – and this sensate knowledge will be ordered and organized by the student’s agent intellect, into a work of art and science that will stand AMDG, ad perpetuam rei memoriam.

The second semester will build on this and complete the edifice.

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Required Readings and Resources: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata; Exercitia Latina; two Lhomond texts: one for purchase (Epitome Historiae Sacrae) and another which the professor will provide.

TUITION

The Greek and Latin courses meet online 4 times per week, for live, one hour (60 minute)  classes, for thirty (30) week per academic year (120 hours – about $16 per hour per student), beginning the first week of September, into May, 2018. Class size will initially be limited to 12 students, anticipating that after normal attrition the class sizes will average 10 students. Minimum class size will be 5 students, or that class will not be conducted and any tuition received will be refunded in full.

Tuition is $ 995 per semester, to be paid either quarterly ($497.50), or by the semester ($995). However, as part of our inaugural year launch of these Classical languages courses, we are offering 20% Off for students who enroll in these new courses in August, 2017.  20% Off for first students who enroll in these new courses in August until the sale is ended. That reduces the tuition to $398 quarterly, or $ 796 per semester. The first payment is due upon enrollment. The second, November 1, 2017.

COURSE MATERIALS

LATIN I: THE SERIES WE USE: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Hans Oerberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is the world’s premiere series for learning Latin via the Natural Method. Students first learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes. It is the only textbook currently available that gives students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but allows them to think in the language. It is also the most popular text for teachers, at both the secondary and collegiate levels, who wish to incorporate conversational skills into their classroom practice.

Familia Romana (Pars I of the Lingua Latina series) contains thirty-five chapters and describes the life of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.D., and culminate in readings from classical poets and Donatus’s Ars Grammatica, the standard Latin school text for a millennium. Each chapter is divided into two or three lectiones (lessons) of a couple pages each followed by a grammar section, Grammatica Latina, and three exercises or Pensa. Hans Oerberg’s impeccable Latinity, humorous stories, and the Peer Lauritzen illustrations make this work a classic. The book includes a table of inflections, a Roman calendar, and a word index, index vocabulorum.

Colloquia Personarum: An illustrated collection of supplementary texts, mostly dialogue. There is one colloquium matching each of Chapters 1-24 in Lingua Latina: Familia Romana.

Exercitia Latina: This workbook contains contains supplemental grammatical exercises for each of the 133 lectiones (lessons) in Familia Romana (Lingua Latina Pars I).

Latin II: Required Readings and Resources: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata; Exercitia Latina; two Lhomond texts: one for purchase (Epitome Historiae Sacrae) and another which the professor will provide.

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These books may be purchased in the Academy Bookstore

Greek I Required Readings and Resources: Texts will be provided by the teacher.