Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language

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Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Ph.D.
Union College
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn the sounds of individual letters and diphthongs.
  • numbers Explore the three types of accents: acute, grave, and circumflex.
  • numbers Understand how Greek verbs express doubt.
  • numbers Study how verb tenses express the past, future, and completed action in the past.
  • numbers Transcribe Greek words and practice drawing the Greek alphabet.

Course Overview

Ancient Greek is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Homer, the most influential poet ever, recited in the matchless cadences of the epic literary Greek dialect. The Apostle Paul, the Four Evangelists, and the other authors of the New Testament also left their accounts in Greek, using Koine, the beautifully clear conversational Greek spoken in the eastern Mediterranean of their day. Likewise, Sappho, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Plato, Demosthenes, and many other ancient authors wrote in Greek, each with a distinct style that makes their individual voices live across the centuries.

After just a few hours of Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language, you’ll understand why no translation can capture the expressive power of this incomparable tongue. In some ways simpler than English, in other ways more complex, Greek is a delight to study. As you work through these 36 engaging half-hour lessons, mastering the graceful alphabet, the precision of the nouns and verbs, the endlessly flexible syntax, and a vivid vocabulary, you’ll learn words and phrases such as these:

  • μῆνιν: Pronounced mēnin, the first word of Homer’s Iliad means wrath, setting the tone for the entire epic, which is about the consequences of Achilles’ anger and how it leads the Greek army to the brink of ruin in the Trojan War. In this course, you read the first 125 lines of the Iliad—in Greek.
  • ἥρως: Once sounded out—hērōs—this word is obviously hero, and such larger-than-life warriors from Greek mythology are the chief characters in the Iliad. After learning the Greek alphabet and diacritical marks, you suddenly see the wide influence of Greek on English.
  • μαθηταὶ: That’s you, the students, pronounced mathētai, and it’s how Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller addresses you throughout this course. It has the same root (a verb that means “to learn”) as our word mathematics, and in the New Testament it comes to mean disciples.
  • μὴ γένοιτο: Pronounced mē genoito, it means literally, may this not happen. More colloquially, it translates, God forbid! and it isone of St. Paul’s favorite expressions, used in Romans 7:13 and elsewhere. In this course, you read many such extracts from the New Testament—in Greek.

Read Greek from Two Monumental Works

With no prior experience required, Greek 101 gives you direct access to a remarkable heritage. Covering all of the topics in a typical year of introductory ancient Greek at the college level, these user-friendly lessons focus on teaching you to read unadapted passages from Homer’s Iliad and the New Testament—two of the most important works in the Greek language, which have for centuries inspired people from all walks of life to learn ancient Greek.

Your guide is Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller of Union College in Schenectady, New York, an award-winning educator who gives classical language teaching a whole new image. Gone is the drudgery of glacially slow progress that is associated with traditional instruction in ancient languages. Instead, Professor Mueller quickly introduces you to authentic Greek, and he presents his subject with charm, wit, and consummate skill in making Greek logical and understandable.

A Unique Introduction to Ancient Greek

With Greek 101, Professor Mueller has created a course that offers the following advantages for students and self-learners of ancient Greek:

  • Video course and textbook in one: Keyed to each lesson, the accompanying guidebook includes hundreds of pages of explanations, charts, vocabulary, and exercises with answers. Also included are summary charts, a grammatical index, and glossaries, plus resources for further study.
  • Multisensory: As Professor Mueller recites in Greek, you see onscreen sentences and charts, highlighting what he is saying and encouraging you to recite along with him. This multisensory approach—hearing, seeing, and speaking—is an ideal way to learn a language.
  • Ready review: Professor Mueller’s lessons are so entertaining and packed with information that you will want to watch them multiple times. His explanations and the accompanying review and practice materials in the guidebook bring clarity to Greek conjugations and declensions.
  • A unique approach: Your focus in this course reflects the outlook of the great American classicist Clyde Pharr, who almost 100 years ago wrote, “Homer offers an unexcelled preparation…for all later Greek literature.” No other introductory course combines the study of Homer with the New Testament, as this series does.

You begin Greek 101 by mastering the pronunciation of this beautiful language, using the restored classical (Erasmian) pronunciation. Then you start building your vocabulary and grammatical fluency. By Lesson 7, you are reading the first sentence of the Gospel of John. In Lesson 14, you tackle the first five lines of the Iliad. In Lesson 15, you learn to read Homer aloud metrically. You’ll crack the code of dactylic hexameter, the epic meter that Homer made famous, and will soon be reading his lines with the intonation and rhythms that help you feel the poetry in a way that no translation can imitate. From here on, you read unadapted Greek.

After you finish these 36 lessons, you will have worked through the first 125 lines of the Iliad as well as scores of verses from the New Testament. Think what it will mean to have read these ancient passages just as they were written down some 20 centuries ago and more!

Learn to Read the Clues in Greek Masterpieces

Greek is an inflected language, which means that the base form of a word is altered to show grammatical relationships, such as number, case, and gender for nouns; and person, number, tense, voice, and mood for verbs. Although English uses some inflections, most grammatical information is conveyed by word order or by auxiliary words. This can make Greek challenging for English speakers. The trick is to learn to read the clues. Professor Mueller is a master at showing you how to spot grammatical tip-offs in sentence after sentence of Greek, using as examples some of the finest passages from Greek literature. A sampling:

  • Iliad, Book 1, lines 1-5: The first sentence of the Iliad evokes wrath over and over, while using the word only once. This is possible thanks to word endings that identify wrath as the direct object of the sentence and connect it to a series of nouns, adjectives, and pronouns.
  • Iliad, Book 1, lines 43-47: This short scene is alive with participles, or verbal adjectives, describing Apollo’s priest praying for vengeance, and the god’s response—burning with rage, holding his bow, bestirring himself, and resembling in his descent from Mount Olympus the shadow of approaching night.
  • Matthew, chapter6, verses 9-10: The Lord’s Prayer contains a series of aorist imperatives, used to denote the urgent need for a pure and simple action. The commands are literally, let it be made sacred, let it come, and let it be produced, with more aorist commands following.
  • John, chapter 2, verse 12: After the wedding at Cana, Jesus goes to Capernaum. Professor Mueller analyzes different translations of the simple sentence that describes Jesus’s entourage, highlighting the difficulty of rendering the subtle meaning of the Greek.

The inadequacy of even the best translation is a theme you encounter throughout the course. No translation can equal the hypnotic effect of Homer’s verse or the mysterious depth of John 1:1. You will discover that there is much you can appreciate while you are still a beginner. After completing Greek 101, you can go in many different directions. The beauty of Sappho’s lyrics, the graceful dialogues of Plato, the stirring historical narrative of Xenophon, the influential translation of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek called the Septuagint, and many other experiences await you. As Professor Mueller says, “Even when we fail to understand everything, we understand something. And this magic allows the dead, even those who have not breathed this air or looked on the light of this world for thousands of years, to speak to us in their own words.”

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36 lectures
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  • 1
    The Greek Alphabet & Pronunciation
    Learn the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet using the restored classical pronunciation, recognizing that there was some variation in pronunciation in the ancient world. Practice the pairings of vowels called diphthongs, and sound out a selection of words that you will soon be reading in sentences. x
  • 2
    First-Declension Nouns
    Discover that Greek nouns have gender and their endings supply a host of information, such as whether the case is nominative, genitive, dative, or accusative—a function usually performed by word order or prepositions in English. Begin with the eight noun endings of the primarily feminine first declension. x
  • 3
    Basic Rules of Greek Accentuation
    Invented over two thousand years ago by Aristophanes of Byzantium, head of the Library of Alexandria, accents are important clues to the pronunciation of Greek words, and they often provide other crucial information. Learn the rules for the three types of accents: acute, grave, and circumflex. x
  • 4
    Additional Patterns of the First Declension
    Look at two variations in the pattern of the first declension—one used in Homeric Greek and the other in Koine, the Greek of the New Testament. Despite being separated by almost a thousand years, the two dialects have remarkable continuity. x
  • 5
    Verbs in the Present Tense
    Greek verbs can be described in terms of person, number, tense, voice, and mood. In this lesson, focus on verbs that are present active indicative. Learn that voice, person, and number are indicated by endings on the verb base. For the present tense, these are called primary endings. x
  • 6
    Adjective Forms & Second-Declension Nouns
    So far, you have studied first-declension nouns, which are mainly feminine. Now expand your range into masculine and neuter nouns, many of which use second-declension endings. Practice these endings together with their adjectival forms in words that you will encounter in Homer. x
  • 7
    Building Basic Translation Skills
    Review what you have learned up until now. Then try your hand at translating from English to Greek—first into Homeric Greek and then into Koine, noticing the key differences between the two dialects. Close by reading the opening passage of the Gospel of John in its unadapted original Koine. x
  • 8
    First- & Second-Declension Pronouns
    Delve deeper into the first and second declensions, discovering that the endings for demonstrative adjectives and pronouns differ in only minor ways from those for nouns. Practice using different types of pronouns, and learn that they underwent a fascinating evolution from Homeric Greek to Koine. x
  • 9
    Verbs in the Imperfect Tense
    Greek has several ways of talking about the past. Focus on the imperfect tense, which describes an action that was ongoing in the past—for example, “The Achaeans were dishonoring the gods.” The imperfect is built by adding a vowel prefix, called an augment, to the verb base, plus secondary endings. x
  • 10
    Verbs in the Future & Aorist Tenses
    Learn two new tenses: the future and aorist. In the process, encounter the concept of principal parts, which are indispensable for recognizing different tenses. Concentrate on the first three principal parts for regular verbs (present and imperfect, future, and aorist). Also inspect some irregular verbs. x
  • 11
    First-Declension Masculine Nouns
    Although first declension nouns are generally feminine, some masculine nouns also fall into this class. Learn how to recognize them (as well as the declensions of all nouns) from the nominative and genitive forms supplied in Greek dictionaries. Then investigate some finer points of compound verbs. x
  • 12
    The Root Aorist
    The aorist is a past tense that makes no reference to the duration or completion of an action, and focuses instead on the simple act. In Lesson 10, you learned the morphology of the first aorist. Now study the second aorist and root aorist. Analyze examples of all three aorist tenses in the New Testament and Homer. x
  • 13
    Third-Declension Nouns
    Encounter the third and final declension, focusing, as usual, on the genitive, which is the key to identifying the declension. This is especially important with the third declension, since the noun base is not obvious from the nominative form. Then make your final preparations to read Homer's Iliad in unadapted Greek. x
  • 14
    Understanding Dactylic Hexameter
    Read the first five lines of Homer's Iliad, focusing on vocabulary and grammar. Then investigate the quality that makes Homer a great poet: his use of sound and meter. Homer composed in dactylic hexameter, which was used throughout antiquity. Learn the rules that govern this epic meter. x
  • 15
    Practicing Dactylic Hexameter
    Practice reciting the first five lines of the Iliad, hearing how the meter enhances the meaning of the text. Then study third declension neuter endings, and read three verses of unadapted New Testament Greek, covering the conversation between the angel Gabriel and Mary in Luke 1:32-34. x
  • 16
    The Middle/Passive Voice: Present & Future
    Go deeper into Homer with lines 6-10 of the Iliad. Then discover the middle and passive voices. The passive operates as in English, with the subject receiving the action of the verb. However, English doesn't have a middle voice, which in Greek signals that the subject is acting in its own interest. x
  • 17
    Aorist & Imperfect Middle/Passive
    In the previous lesson, you learned the primary middle/passive endings, which are used for the present and future tenses. Now compare these to the secondary middle/passive endings, which are used for past tenses. Then read lines 11-16 of the Iliad, learning new rules for scanning dactylic hexameter. x
  • 18
    Perfect & Pluperfect Active
    Learn the fourth principal part, which governs the formation of the perfect and pluperfect tenses. Discover the great utility of these past tenses for talking about completed action. Study an example of the perfect in John 3:13, and read lines 17-21 of the Iliad. x
  • 19
    Forming and Using Infinitives
    Study the fifth principal part, which forms the basis of the perfect and pluperfect middle/passive, and the sixth and final principal part, which forms the basis of the aorist passive. Then learn how to construct the infinitive in different tenses, looking at examples in Homer and the New Testament. x
  • 20
    Active Participles
    Participles are verbal adjectives. Like verbs, they have tense and voice. Like adjectives, they agree in case, number, and gender with the nouns they modify. Learn to form participles in different tenses of the active voice. Study examples in the Gospel of Matthew and in your reading of lines 22-27 of the Iliad. x
  • 21
    Middle/Passive Participles
    Move on to middle/passive participles. Greek participles pack a lot of meaning into a single word that may require an entire clause to translate into English. Look at examples from two different verses in Matthew as well as your Homeric reading for this lesson: lines 28-32 of the Iliad. x
  • 22
    The Perfect System in the Middle/Passive
    Learn to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect middle/passive tenses on the basis of the fifth principal part. Study examples in Matthew and Luke. Then read lines 33-37 of the Iliad, which includes a stirring scene “along the shore of the much-roaring sea.” x
  • 23
    The Subjunctive Mood
    Turn from the indicative mood to the subjunctive mood, which denotes situations that are doubtful, wishful, purposeful, or fearful. Subjunctives are easily recognized by their long vowel that precedes (or constitutes) the verb ending. Explore several examples, including one from Luke's Nativity narrative, and read line 38 of the Iliad. x
  • 24
    The Imperative Mood, Active
    Encounter the imperative mood—the verb construction used for commands. Study the imperative endings in the present and aorist tenses. Find three aorist commands in Luke 22:36, and even more as you continue your reading of the Iliad with lines 39-47. x
  • 25
    The Imperative Mood, Middle/Passive
    Learn to form imperatives in the middle/passive, looking at examples in Matthew 3:2 and John 14:1. Note that in Homeric Greek the imperative and other verb endings tend to be uncontracted. Then read the Iliad lines 48-52, experiencing the devastation wrought by Apollo's silver bow. x
  • 26
    The Optative Mood
    The last of the moods is the optative, which expresses a wish—as in line 42 of the Iliad, where the priest Chryses implores Apollo, “May the Danaans requite my tears….” Find more examples of this easily recognized form in the New Testament. Then continue your reading of the Iliad with lines 53-58. x
  • 27
    The Aorist Passive
    Delve deeper into the aorist passive, which was introduced in Lesson 19. This tense may sound exotic, but it's a workhorse in Greek sentences. For example, study the string of aorist passive commands in the Lord's Prayer in Matthew. Then work your way through lines 59-63 of the Iliad. x
  • 28
    Third-Declension Adjectives
    In the next four lessons, return to the declension of adjectives and pronouns to explore variations on patterns you have already practiced. In this lesson, focus on third-declension adjectives. Close by reading lines 64-69 of the Iliad. Also learn about a handy class of words called particles. x
  • 29
    Demonstrative Adjectives & Pronouns
    Investigate the use of Greek demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, which correspond to English words such as this, that, these, and those. Chart a rich sampling of demonstratives, including a reflexive pronoun, in Luke 23:28-29. Then continue with the heightening tension in lines 70-75 of the Iliad. x
  • 30
    Personal & Possessive Pronouns
    Plumb the depths of Greek personal and possessive pronouns. Begin with the historically later forms of the New Testament, revisiting the Lord's Prayer in Matthew. Then focus on the pronouns in your next extract from the Iliad, lines 76-80. Along the way, discover a classic figure of speech called chiasmus. x
  • 31
    Relative, Interrogative & Indefinite Pronouns
    Conclude your exploration of Greek pronouns with interrogative, indefinite, and relative pronouns. These are words such as who, which, and what; and, for indefinite pronouns, someone, something, and similar unspecific descriptors. Look at examples in the New Testament and in the Iliad 81-85. x
  • 32
    Regular -μι Verbs in the Active
    Bring your study of Greek verbs to a close by focusing on an important class of verbs that end in μι in the first principal part. There aren’t many such μι verbs, but they are useful and common, and they appear frequently in compounds. x
  • 33
    Regular -μι Verbs in the Middle/Passive
    Extend your exploration of μι verbs, studying the middle passive, which is more regular than the active voice covered in the previous lesson. Note examples of μι verbs in Luke 22:19, which depicts a moment from the Last Supper, and lines 86-100 of the Iliad. x
  • 34
    Review of Regular -μι Verbs
    Search for the features that distinguish μι verbs from the verb forms encountered earlier in the course, whose first principal part ends in ω. Resume your study of the Lord’s Prayer, discovering two μι verb aorist commands. Then read lines 101-108 of the Iliad, which open with a μι verb compound. x
  • 35
    The Verb εἰμί
    The most common μι verb is also one of the most irregular: to be. Study its forms, discovering that, as unpredictable as it appears, it is more regular than its English counterparts: I am, you are, he is. Then learn to count in Greek, and analyze lines 109-117 of the Iliad. x
  • 36
    Irregular Verbs & Tips for Further Study
    Learn two more irregular verbs, to go and to know, seeing them at work in sentences from John and Matthew. Then complete your last passage from the Iliad, lines 118-125, and consider strategies for continuing your Greek studies—whether you want to dig deeper into Homer and the New Testament, or discover new masterpieces. x

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Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Ph.D.
Union College
Dr. Hans-Friedrich Mueller is the Thomas B. Lamont Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He earned his M.A. in Latin from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Union College, he taught at The Florida State University and the University of Florida. Professor Mueller won the American...
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Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 90.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If You Grew Up Hearing Greek . . . better skip this. I couldn't understand Mueller at all; listening to him speak the language was torture. I didn't hang around long enough to find out if he got the theory correct. My grandmother nearly rose from the dead to yank me away from the TV.
Date published: 2020-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor Mueller is an outstanding teacher. This course is a better way than I expected for learning the basics of ancient Greek. Organization of the course and teaching are excellent.
Date published: 2019-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review it? Already? This is a 36 lesson course that requires the student to actually do homework. I've only had it a week. How the heck am I supposed to review it when I'm barely into it?! No pressure! Oh, he has a dry sense of humor and I am enjoying it. The mid-west accent is a bit of a shock. It's well-organized because there's "more than one way" to watch a video with a cat in the way. I would recommend it to a friend, but they all have glazed eyes every time I mention it. I took this to refresh my knowledge - from 30 years ago, so I'm calling me novice again. You want photos? What? Of me on the couch trying to watch the video on a Kindle over my cat's head?
Date published: 2019-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and clear introduction to Ancient Greek It has been 45 years since I took a few semesters of Ancient Greek in college and I am really enjoying this re-introduction. Professor Mueller is articulate and witty, and presents grammar with perfect clarity. I like that he includes sentences/passages to read aloud and translate, so one can immediately practice what has been presented. I really hope that The Great Courses will offer additional Greek courses by this professor. It would be wonderful to delve into the Lyric poets, Plato, the dramatists...
Date published: 2019-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from the sounding of ancient Greek to an old modern Greek is disconcerting
Date published: 2019-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Material and an Engaging Professor I'm now about 1/2 way through the course and am very impressed both with the content and, most of all, with Professor Mueller. He succeeds in making the natural difficulties of mastering a new language -- with a new alphabet -- both interesting and engaging. I took this course mostly to get some Koine Greek for reading the New Testament -- which is well covered -- and also because I am interested in Classical studies, although I do not really intend to try to read Homer (or, worse, Plato and Aristotle ;-) in the original without a crib sheet at minimum. But Professor Mueller's humor, clear enthusiasm for his subject and his care to help the remote student understand -- not just mechanically repeat -- the texts is both welcome and encouraging. If you're interested in this at all, I'd highly recommend this course. Learning a new language isn't easy, and takes real work, but Professor Mueller is a great guide and companion on the journey.
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Restoration of Things Not Competely Lost Three years of Classical and Koine Greek were inside my brain somewhere. Sixty years later Prof. Mueller sweeps away the clutter over the treasure I thought was lost. And for the first time, I truly comprehend Greek accentuation. Each lesson causes another tumbler to fall into place; the doors have opened to a world I thought lost.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a lot of fun! I purchased both Greek and Hebrew as a review. I haven't started the Hebrew yet but I enjoy the professor of Greek very much. His dry wit and humor makes the class a joy!
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from First lesson on DVD is incorrect I bought this course to learn some elementary Biblical Greek, but the first lesson is supposed to be the Greek alphabet but is not (a later lesson shows instead). I requested and received a replacement with no trouble, but the replacement has the same problem. The Teaching Company needs to learn more quality control and customer service.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Prof Mueller is brilliant. Fantastic witty sense of humour makes every lecture both informative and entertaining. If my Greek university prof was like him I would not have dropped the course. He clearly is an expert in his field and I also highly recommend his Latin 101 course as well. Both courses are a stepping stone to the path of reading fluency in these critical eternal languages.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb course! I am working through Greek 101 for the second time as I delve into this beautiful yet difficult language. My goal to read out loud and understand the Iliad, a goal which I am nearing. Prof. Mueller has a thoroughly delightful and informative way of leading the learner into the mysteries of ancient Greek. The pace is steady and doable although the infinitives and participles take a bit of reviewing. For me I love ancient Greek and I applaud the Professor for making this journey so much fun.
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I want Greek 201- more Homer, please! This is a great introduction to Ancient Greek by a very personable professor. His dry humor while introducing the inevitable grammar and grammar drills is excellent, and he quickly reviews English terms in case the student has not thought about grammar since grammar school. He focuses on Homeric Greek, then shows similar examples in New Testament Greek. My interest is in Homeric or Attic Greek which has far fewer internet video resources than New Testament Greek. I don't know how many TGC would have to sell to make a follow up feasible, but I would be thrilled to continue. I have looked through the same professor's Latin class and will probably closely watch that one next.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this course! I haven't gotten far into the course, but I am very pleased with the instructor, the course content, and the guidebook. Well written and well executed.
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course! A very clear (and entertaining!) class in the Homeric (Epic) dialect of Ancient Greek. Dr. Mueller is an excellent teacher. The course uses a book which is essentially the same as Pharr's "Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners". But the book that comes with the course has an Answer Key, which Pharr's does not. Pharr's revised edition (Wright) includes a few things not in the course (or in the same order) as the "Greek 101" book (i.e., athematic aorists are mercifully avoided early on). The student will find himself reading the first five lines of the "Iliad" by Lesson 13, a wonderful motivator! Choosing Homeric Greek as the entry point into Ancient Greek (rather than Attic or Koine) is good common sense and has literature that is highly interesting as its goal. Dr. Mueller also includes examples of Koine Greek in his lessons, which is very good, too. The cost of the course is very reasonable, and the fact that it is possible to re-watch the lessons as often as necessary makes it perfect for self-study. Dr. Mueller includes humor in his lessons as well. The course and presentation are well thought-out, giving a polished feel without distracting digressions. Very highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent refresher or introduction to this immort I studied Classical Greek for two years, but that was 50 years ago. The professor is great at introducing and drilling on grammar and vocabulary. His approach of starting with Homeric rather than Attic Greek is unconventional but interesting as it allows one to understand how the language developed over time, and to see the underlying rules. The accompanying study book is great too.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Professor! I just got this DVD, so I have not completed it yet, but I sat down to listen to just one lecture and ended up watching three! Professor Mueller is very engaging and he said something that I thought was profound. I bought this to learn to READ ancient Greek, not speak it. He said that speaking a language will help me comprehend the written word and I should know what the ancients sounded like reading their own manuscripts. I love it.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time I bought this a month or two ago. The speaker spends the first 7+ minutes talking about how great he is and how much you will learn, but not actually saying anything. I turned off the first lesson after 15 minutes of mindless babble, and I haven't looked at it since. P.S. I've received non-stop spam from Great Courses ever since, even though I requested not to be contacted with offers.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title summarizes well the subject matter I purchased this DVD Greek 101 set to review the biblical Greek I learned in college so many years ago. This set is helping me to remember what I learned so that I can use it better in the courses I teach.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great graphics and illustrations I received the course about a month ago. Was delighted to be able to begin to grasp the complexity of the Greek language with such ease.The Professor makes the lesson presentation a very enjoyable experience with no hang ups and highlighting the to learn a foreign language is not to seek perfection but to be able to absorb,read and communicate.Greate experience so far. As a former translator it has always been my goal to be able to understand the essence of what is being communicated which often suffers when translations are employed to render a form of communication in another language. I seek not perfection only understading
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! The pedagogy of the instructor is spectacular. He is clear. He is entertaining. He is effective in teaching style. By the time the 30 minute session is over, I've already learned the material with him, and I need only to review it on my own twice prior to moving on to the next lesson. I love it!
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Greek 101 The instructor is extremely competent, patient, and knowledgeable. However the subject is too complicated for me. The amount of rules requiring memorization is overwhelming.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greek as a treat The course brought to mind Churchill's observation that he would let the best students learn "Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat." I'm only on Lesson 8-- but really learning a lot. It's worth noting that this is not a course that you can just listen to and appreciate for the professor's story-telling ability-- it requires a significant amount of engagement (writing out the translations, studying, etc.). If you're interested in Ancient Greek, and willing to put in some study time, this course is absolutely wonderful-- and the professor is very good, and quite entertaining.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellant teacher. I studied Koine Greek about 40 years ago and have become rather rusty since then. This course is very helpful to me because it teaches the Classical form which later evolved into the Koine used in the New Testament which helped me to understand how and why those changes occurred. What I especially appreciate is that I can take my time to review each lesson as many times as I need until I am confident enough to proceed.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great narration and presentation I bought this a while back in 2017 and banked it until I had time. I like the pace and the accompanying manual is a great tool. Years ago I took Greek from my Latin teacher, over the summer, with other interested students. Latin is something I have several years of, but many decades ago... Greek is a musical, fluid language, unlike Latin, and that enchanted me. So I am delighted to revisit this ancient tongue.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Quite What I Expected I had hoped to be able to use this with my first year Greek class, but it moves too quickly. Haven't tried it yet as a review.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive lectures to learn Greek The professor is pretty friendly and distinguished, degree PhD is also an outstanding point to those who wanna learn this immortal tongue, and I prefer DVD format, it has subtitles, and maybe higher definition as well.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried to load the discs, but they arrived blank. You were, however, immediately responsive and are sending me replacement discs. Luckily, I also have the live streaming capability so I was able to view my first lecture. The professor is very lively and explains everything very well. Looking forward to completing this challenging course.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Instructor I haven't had a chance to start the Greek series yet because I'm still doing the Latin series, which is wonderful. Having taken Latin in college over 30 years ago, I have enjoyed the review of endings. Dr. Mueller has structured the course in a masterful way, starting with the hardest declensions and conjugations first, as they are the most difficult to remember. Dr. Mueller's presentation is humorous, understated, and delightful. Puts my college Latin teachers to shame.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teacher!! I purchased this course a few weeks ago. I am very pleased with the way the Professor presents the subject. I am a beginner at learning Greek. The video and guide book are very well balanced in presenting the material. I purchased Clyde Pharr's book "Homeric Greek" and it is a great reference augmenting the course. I only wish I could find a quick online translator software for 'ancient' Greek .
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to learn I just started but am waiting for the study guide like I received for the Geneology course. The instructor is very enjoyable to learn from
Date published: 2017-08-07
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