u3a - Classical Greek

 

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Classical Greek with Steve Addis

I taught Classics in Surrey for many years until retiring and moving to Wales. At present I’m an e-tutor for the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge so I teach the subject to students all around the world.

I started a u3a Latin group many years ago and several students took the GCSE examination and achieved A*s. Some also went on to do AS Latin.

I initiated a Classical Greek group from the interested members from the Latin group, which went very well.

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Anyone who is keen to begin a u3a Classical Greek group can always consult me personally. However, I would recommend that the leader needs to be a Classicist if language work is going to be taught. Nevertheless, if the subject is to be studied in translation e.g. reading Greek tragedies, then of course the leader need not be an expert in Classical Greek.

The books which I would recommend are:

Greek to GCSE Parts 1 and 2 by John Taylor.

The best part of running a Classical Greek group is to see the progress made by each student and how they engage in the subject.

I would advise anyone initiating a group to ensure the members are given regular homework to facilitate progress.

There are plenty of resources available online. I’ve always used a variety of these rather than any one in particular. 

I find it is always more beneficial, especially with a large group, to do this subject face to face ‘live’ but in today’s circumstances, Zoom is an excellent medium to use.

My favourite quotation is from the statesman Pericles in the 5th century BC:

  “Future generations will wonder at us, as the present generation wonders at us now”.