Modern Greek for classicists and archaeologists

The course ” Greek for Greek classicists and archaeologists ” is designed for beginners 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 modern language and a wide vocabulary in different fields of daily as well as academic life. Τhe course emphasizes all critical language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and is appropriate for students preparing to take Modern Greek reading / translation exams.
  • When? May 15-25 2018.
  • 10 lessons in  11 days, 36 teaching hours + 18h of activities.
  • Class size: 2-8 students, at a similar level
  • Location: On-campus, Arethousa, Ikaria,
Accommodation and everyday life

Accommodation and every day life

Students stay on-campus, in a family and relaxing atmosphere, where they can speak Greek even outside of class time, with the instructors also living on-campus. The facilities at the campus include, wifi, common kitchen and kitchenette in each room, study room, and washing machine. You can reserve a private room, or share it with another student. All rooms have private toilet. Linen are also provided. Breakfast or meals are not served, however students can prepare breakfast and simple meals themselves. Depending on the mood of students and teachers, afternoon and evening excursions are organized spontaneously, in nearby beaches or taverns.  A car is also available to students, to go to the beach and to explore the island as they want. More about the campus...

Ikaria, classified as a blue zone, a place where people live longer, is a small mountainous and green island in the middle of Aegean, still not in the lists of the main tourist destinations. Someone can reach the island with a ferry or plane from Athens, and the plane from Thessaloniki.

About Ikaria

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 Ikaria’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 Ikaria… The nearby Archipelago of Fourni ( is the site of many wrecks, in part due to the strong winds blowing year-around in that area.

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