Ninety per cent of all Greek texts of Antiquity have been written in Koine Greek. This dialect is the language of a vast array of classical texts ranging from the fields of philosophy and medicine to poetry and novels, and it is the original language of the New Testament, that of the Septuagint and of many ancient Jewish and Christian texts. As many of today’s physical and social sciences originated with ancient Greeks and their fascinating treatises on a myriad of topics, knowledge of this language is the key to understanding the birth of Western culture.
Ancient Greek I + II (Intensive)
Ancient Greek III
Ancient Greek IV
Ancient Greek Readings I, II, III, IV
Ancient Greek V
Ancient Greek VI
Ancient Greek VII
Ancient Greek VIII
Greek Lunch (Symposium) I, II, III, IV
Greek Lunches (Symposia) 1
Greek Lunches (Symposia) 2
Greek Lunches (Symposia) 3
Greek Lunches (Symposia) 4
History of Writing Systems (Taught in A. Greek)
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages
Seven Seals I (Taught in A. Greek)
Seven Seals II (Taught in A. Greek)
Speech in Ancient Greek
Speech in Ancient Language
Translation Theory (Taught in A. Greek)
Meet the Students
From my experience as a high school Latin teacher, I was confident that the Polis method was worth serious thought, and now I observe my own language intuition in Ancient Greek growing.
MA in Ancient Philology (’20)
Polis is the only place where the Ancient languages are still living. Located in the Holy Land, the city of the Bible, Polis gives me a chance to go back to the Ancient World, and to meet the thoughts of the ancient saints and sages.
MA in Ancient Philology (’19)
Having a lifelong experience teaching Latin with a communicative approach, I have found only at Polis the chance to learn Coptic, Hebrew, and Arabic taught also in the target language. It’s very exciting to be here!
News & Articles
A lexical study of dreams and dreaming in Artemidorus
Artemidorus of Daldis is surely one of the Greek authors that has been least studied. This may be due to the fact that he is simply quite unknown and, moreover, that his work deals with a subject that is no longer considered scientific. The author of the Oneirocritica, a five-volume treatise on the interpretation of dreams.
Renaissance der antiken Sprachen
Bis heute gibt es Werke des bedeutenden Kirchenlehrers Thomas von Aquin, die niemals in eine moderne Sprache übersetzt wurden“, mit dieser Feststellung beginnt Christophe Rico gegenüber der „Tagespost“ seine Erklärung, warum er 2011 in Jerusalem – nicht weit entfernt von den Heiligen Stätten der Christenheit – mit befreundeten Altphilologen das Polis-Institut gegründet hat.
Koine Greek Pronunciation
The question of the pronunciation of Koine Greek is a very sensitive one, since many pedagogical, emotional and identity factors are involved in this topic. Two main options are available for the student who wishes to pronounce an ancient Greek text: the historical and the modern one.