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 Languages - July 2021Intensive
Virginia - Ancient Greek - Summer 2021Intensive
Certificate in Second Language Teaching Methodology
Fluency in Ancient Greek
MA in Ancient Philology
One-Year Program in Ancient Philology
Meet the Students
What attracted me was studying Ancient Greek as a living language. I had studied Classics so I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to learn Greek better. I’d had difficulties learning Greek in the past as I could not memorize everything so the translation process seemed to me very abstract. My studies at Polis exceeded my expectations, personally, academically and culturally. The method was very effective, the staff and students were very personable, and life in Jerusalem was culturally enriching. I was able to picture how the world looked in ancient times, in Hellenistic times, when all the people were mixing their cultures.
One Year Program in Ancient Philology (’19)
Studying a BA at Harvard made me think about being Christian in an increasingly secularized society. I came to Polis to learn Ancient Greek and Hebrew so I have a clearer lens to study the Bible. I love The Polis Method because it helps me gain a deeper understanding of ancient texts.
One Year Program in Ancient Philology (’21)
The Polis method is the best means to study Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek. By speaking and listening to these languages, I was able to read a good amount of ancient works in their original language with ease by the time I received the MA in Ancient Philology degree.
Ancient Philology (’16)
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.