Latin/Greek Institute Summer 2015 Programs

The Latin/Greek Institute, a joint collaboration of Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is pleased to announce its programs for Summer 2015. For over forty years, the LGI has offered “beyond-the-intensive” courses that allow motivated students to learn to read Latin and Greek with grammatical rigor and confidence. Once again we will offer ten-week basic programs in Latin and Greek (June 8-August 18), which cover over four semesters of regular coursework. All classes are team-taught, and the faculty is available 24 hours a day for help. Classes meet all day, five days a week at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

The first half of each basic program is devoted to intensive study of morphology and syntax. The second half offers students an unparalleled opportunity to see the rewards of what they have just learned through extensive close reading, at an advanced level, of original texts: in Latin, Cicero’s First Catilinarian Oration, Vergil’s Aeneid Book 4, and selections from Sallust, Horace, Livy, Tacitus, and other authors; in Greek, Plato’s Ion, extensive selections from Euripides’ Medea, and selections from a variety of authors including Homer, Solon, Sappho, Lysias, Thucydides, and Isocrates. Graduates typically return to their home institutions prepared to thrive in advanced reading courses or pass graduate language exams. The courses offer twelve undergraduate credits and are open to graduate students.

We will also offer the upper-level program in Greek (June 8-July 28), which offers qualified students the opportunity to read a substantial body of literature (200 or more lines per night) at a high level of grammatical precision. The anticipated syllabus consists of Lysias’ On the Murder of Eratosthenes, Plato’s Phaedrus, Aristophanes’ Clouds, and substantial selections from Thucydides.

Throughout the upper level program, there is an emphasis on aspects of criticism that derive from a linguistic analysis of a text that cannot be appreciated from a translation. As in the basic program, the course is team-taught, with the faculty available at all times to help. Daily quizzes, frequent drills, and prose composition are included. Prerequisites: 2 years of college-level Greek or the equivalent. The upper level program offers eight undergraduate credits, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Thanks to the generosity and friends of the Institute, partial scholarships are available to help cover the cost of tuition. We are especially grateful for the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, through which we offer scholarships each summer to new graduate students in art history.

For further information and an application form, please go to or email the director, Prof. Katherine Lu Hsu (

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