- 54 academic hours of intensive Modern Greek; courses are geared towards classicists and archaeologists with good skills in ancient Greek
- Course dates / duration: 20 May – 5 June 2017
15 lessons, 54 hours of instruction +24 h of activities in 17 days
- Class sizes: 2-8 students, for maximum speaking time.
- Levels: Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (absolute beginners – C1)
- Two locations combine the mountains and the sea!
Classes and activities from May through September take place every other day at the Ikarian Centre’s campus, in the mountainous village of Arethousa. On alternate days classes are held at the Hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos. Students may choose to stay in Evdilos or at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa. On days when classes are held at the Ikarian Centre, the Centre will provide transportation for students staying at Hotel Atheras and Hotel Kerame, or other places in Evdilos, to the campus in Arethousa. Although a shuttle service will be also available for students staying at Ikarian Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa (departure every morning before the lessons, return in the evening after the end of the activities), we suggest to the students who decide to reside at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa to rent a vehicle for transportation to Evdilos, and the nearby area. You can receive a detailed daily schedule of each course, including the timetable of the shuttle service, if you submit the form you can find here
This course is designed for those who already know ancient Greek and wish to use this previous knowledge to accelerate their learning of modern Greek. The aim of the course is to present, within a short time, the basic structure of the language and a wide vocabulary in different fields of daily as well as academic life.
The course emphasizes all critical language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and is appropriate for students preparing to take Modern Greek reading / translation exams.
Ikaria is an island in the eastern Aegean, known for its remote location, ruggedness, and for the longevity (as well as high quality of life) of its inhabitants. It has been identified as one of the world’s five Blue Zones, i.e. areas where members of the local population regularly – and happily – live to the age of 100. For more on the status of Ikaria as a Blue Zone (“the island where people forget to die” see here).
As a student on our course you will have the opportunity to taste the island cuisine and experience its unique way of life. These may be secrets to the islanders’ long and happy lives!
In antiquity, Ikaria served as an important cultural crossroads between the Cycladic islands and Asia Minor. The two ancient settlements of Ikaria, Oenoe and Therma, both appear on the tribute lists of the Delian League. In myth, Ikaria is sometimes cited as the birthplace of Dionysus (the source of the island’s famous wine and dancing?). The Temple of Artemis at Nas is likely the site where Agamemnon first angered Artemis by hunting her sacred deer; her only consolation afterwards was the slaughter of Iphigenia. Euripides, known in antiquity for his love of solitude, is even said to have paid a visit to (and to have composed poetry on) the island.
And, of course, apart from Icarus there are many other shipwrecks around the island… The nearby Archipelago of Fourni (https://goo.gl/maps/QG8GqPJHLoP2) is the site of many wrecks, in part due to the strong winds blowing year-around in that area.
Accommodation and transport
From 2017 the lessons from May until September are taking place one day on-campus and the next day off-campus, at hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos. As our campus and guesthouse are located in an area on the mountain not easily accessible on foot (40 min walk to the beach and 15 min walk to the closed village of Arethousa), this “dual-location” provides our students the possibility to stay in Evdilos, a small village by the sea. It also provides the campus’ fans the possibility to stay on-campus and take some of their lessons in their favorite place!
What about transport?
From May to September there are 4 lessons in each 11 day course given on-campus in Arethousa, one every other day. During these days we provide a free shuttle service to our students staying in Evdilos. The Centre’s shuttle leaves 30′ prior to the lesson, and returns just after the end of the lesson. Students off-campus will enjoy the landscape and the quietness of the campus, during these short excursions to the Ikarian mountain.
For the remaining 6 days we have lessons in hotel Atheras, in Evdilos. During these days we also provide a shuttle service for the students staying on-campus: The Centre’s shuttle leaves at 9:00, 30min before the lesson. The lessons typically end at 12:30. There are also afternoon activities, from 19:30 – 21:00. Between 13:00 – 19:30 students can hang around the restaurants, the cafeterias and the nearby beaches. After all, it’s summer holiday! There are several restaurants and cafeterias and a few nice beaches accessible on foot from Evdilos. The shuttle returns around 22:00 in the evening, after dinner. For those who are not happy to spend all day long away from their room, we recommend rending a car or a scooter. The cost of a car is approximately 200 – 250€ per 11 day session. There is no public bus service, a bicycle is not an option because of the terrain, and the taxi costs 15€ (one way).
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