This year we (Rogelio & Jenny) offered our first Greek summer class in Greece as a joint program together with Michael & Catie Kopf (AGROS). Due to the pandemic it was no easy feat but we still managed to gather a handful of students in Selianitika (Peloponnese).
—Thanks to all the students who have joined us this year despite all odds and uncertainties: You are true φιλέλληνες!
Here is a short overview of what we did during this years summer class, written by Catie:
“What a wonderful time we had on the Peloponnese this July!
We met on the warm evening of Saturday, July 24th, for a delicious Greek dinner next to the beach: four enthusiastic participants from around the world, our two instructors, Michael Kopf (AGROS education) and Rogelio Toledo (TriviumTriodos), and a handful of family members tagging along for vacation. It was complete Ancient Greek immersion, when possible, from the start, and everyone eagerly rose to the occasion! After dinner, we returned to the charming Ancient Greek and musical cultural center of Andreas Drekis, the Hellenikon Idyllion, which we would call home for the next week, and bid each other a ὑγίαινε before retiring to our separate rooms to fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore and the crickets singing the night away in the garden.
Following a free Sunday morning with time to attend church and have lunch, we gathered in the garden to begin our week of reading, singing and discussing Ancient Greek texts, while the daytime cicadas joined in with their loud chirping. We started each day reading Plato’s Alcibiades, led by Rogelio (Triodos), then selections from Plutarch’s How the Young Should Study Poetry, led by Michael (AGROS), and finally reading all together from Aristophanes’ The Clouds. After an afternoon break for resting, shopping, bathing, or studying, we met again each evening in the garden after the heat of the day to sing poetry. We discussed the text, Michael explained the meter, and Rogelio accompanied us on a lyre while we sang the Proem of The Odyssey, a few Anacreontics, and Solon’s Hebdomads.
On Wednesday, we took a break from the normal schedule and spent the day at Delphi, exploring the archaeological site and visiting the museum there. We continued with almost full immersion on this trip and it was a great opportunity for everyone to get more practice speaking Ancient Greek together!
Our summer program ended with a final joint dinner on the beach at dusk on Friday evening.
We are grateful to Andreas Drekis for his hospitality during our stay at the Hellenikon Idyllion, to epiStoa for their sponsorship of €200 and special book bags, and to all of those who joined us this year on the Gulf of Corinth at our inaugural Ancient Greek Summer Program!
We hope to see you next summer! Details forthcoming.”—Catie Kopf (AGROS)