Department of Greek & Latin

Summer School in Homer 2016

Monday 27th June to Friday 1th July 2016

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The Summer School offers five days of intensive teaching of Homeric language and literature. There will be four language classes each day as well as lectures, between 10.30 and 16.30. The course is not residential.

Teaching will be generally in groups of 12-15 people which, as far as possible, comprise students of roughly the same level of experience (beginners, intermediate or advanced). The style of teaching is friendly, but demanding: a lot of work is expected from students during the School, but they should find the whole experience both stimulating and valuable. Some classes concentrate chiefly on reading texts, while others offer a mixture of grammar and translation practice. Our tutors include some of the most experienced and talented teachers of Classics in the London area and beyond.

Courses offered:

Language courses:

Beginners Greek: Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 1-50.

Intermediate Greek: Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 41-110.

Advanced Greek 1: Iliad Book 22

Introduction to Hittite: morning sessions: Introduction to Hittite Language - afternoon sessions Hittite Archaeology - syllabus tbc

Literature courses:

Homer from Translation - Homer's Legacy:

Themes: the gods and goddesses, women, heroism, aristeia, kleos, the Homeric question, Penelope, Helen, and Achilles and Hector. Reception of all the above themes in other modes of representation such as novelisations, cinema, modern poetry etc.

Texts: Odyssey 4-12 and 18-22 and Iliad 6, 18, 22 and 24.

The Summer School in Homer caters for school and university students, and for anyone else who wishes to learn Homeric Greek, or to revive their knowledge of it. Potential participants will include: students with no prior knowledge of the language; pre-GCSE/GCSE and A-Level students; university students; mature applicants who wish to expand their knowledge of the Homeric epics. Our principal concern is to provide a thorough programme of language learning in a lively university environment.

The programme for the Summer School in Homer can be found here. Please note: this programme is still subject to change.

The cost of the Summer School is £100 and you can pay here. This includes all tuition, but not accommodation or travel expenses.

Enquiries: please email the Summer School. All completed application forms should be returned, to be received no later than Friday 17th June 2016, to:

The Director, Dr Antony Makrinos
The Summer School in Homer
c/o Department of Greek and Latin
University College London
Gower Street


Watch an interview with Dr Antony Makrinos on the Summer School in Homer.

Four bursaries of £100 each kindly offered by the Classical Association are now available as a contribution to the costs of students from afar. Students who are interested in applying should make themselves known to the Director upon registration at the Summer School.

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Useful information

How to find us
University College London's Bloomsbury campus is located close to Euston station. A map of the campus and information on individual venues can be found here.

We are well served by public transport. Information on local bus and tube services can be found here.

The Summer School is non-residential. However, students who require somewhere to stay can (subject to availability) arrange accommodation in a University of London Hall of Residence. Details of prices, availability and information on how to book can be found here.
Additionally, places may be available in a UCL Hall of Residence. Further information about UCL Residences can be found here.