Classical Languages Summer School July 2020, Nicosia, Cyprus
The Theological School of the Church of Cyprus (TSCC) launches in July 2020 the first Summer School in Cyprus focusing on the study of the classical languages. The Classical Languages Summer School (CLaSS), which will be held at the premises of TSCC in Nicosia, offers to participants the opportunity to study Greek (Classical /Byzantine) and Latin at a low cost on the beautiful island of Cyprus during Summer. Accommodation within a five-minute walking distance from the TSCC is also offered at a discounted price.
CLaSS will offer beginners and intermediate classes, in which participants will have the opportunity to engage with original Greek and Latin texts. All courses will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic academics and instruction will be held in English. Instruction for each course will be 30 teaching hours.
Even though we are all deeply affected by the coronavirus outbreak, we do hope that circumstances will get improved by this Summer. However, if due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, participants will not be able to travel to Cyprus in July, we are planning to run the classes online by using Microsoft’s Teams.
CLaSS is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students in any discipline of the Humanities (e.g. Classics, History, Theology, Byzantine Studies) but it is also open to postdoctoral researchers, academics, teachers, or any other interested individuals (18+) who would like to learn Greek (Classical/Byzantine) or Latin from scratch or improve existing skills. As well as intensive tuition over up to four weeks, CLaSS offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to visit unique sites of cultural, historical and archaeological significance on the island (for details see below).
Pre-registration: 15 May 2020
Registration (Tuition fees & Accommodation): 5 June 2020
SUMMER SCHOOL STRUCTURE
During Summer 2020 CLaSS will offer at least five (5) courses. Each course will have a duration of 30 teaching hours (approx. 3 hours daily); optional tutorial/ support drop-in session will be available on an extra fee. The timetable for each course will be announced upon the end of the registration period.
Each class will have approx. 4 to 5 students. Please note that a minimum number of 4 students is required for a course to run.
SESSION 1 (Weeks 1 & 2): 6-17 July 2020
Classical Greek I is intended for beginners, with no or very little knowledge of Greek. The course will start from scratch, introducing the Greek alphabet and presenting the most basic grammatical and syntactical phenomena of Classical Greek. By the end of the course, students should be able to translate short Greek sentences/ texts into English.
Latin I is intended for beginners, with no or very little knowledge of Latin. The course will start from scratch, focusing on the most basic grammatical and syntactical phenomena of Classical Latin. By the end of the course, students should be able to translate short Latin sentences/ texts into English.
SESSION 2 (Weeks 3 & 4): 20 – 31 July 2020
Classical Greek II is intended for students who have completed successfully Classical Greek I or students with prior/ basic knowledge of Classical Greek, who would like to enroll in this course directly. The aim of this course is to develop command of Classical Greek up to an intermediate level by presenting a wide range of (more complex) grammatical and syntactical phenomena of the language. By the end of the course, students should be able to translate simple Greek texts of various genres into English.
Latin II is intended for students who have completed successfully Latin I or students with prior/ basic knowledge of Latin who would like to enroll in this course directly. The aim of this course is to develop command of Classical Latin up to an intermediate level by presenting a wide range of (more complex) grammatical and syntactical phenomena of the language. By the end of the course, students should be able to translate simple Latin texts of various genres into English.
Byzantine Greek is intended for students who have prior knowledge of Classical Greek (up to an Intermediate Level) and would like to get hands on a variety of Byzantine texts. While grammar and syntax will be also examined, this is essentially a reading class, and interested participants will be asked to express their preference for texts/ genres of their choice. The class will also include a short introduction to palaeography.
By the end of each course, all students will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Successful fulfillment of any course requires the students’ attendance of all classes, as well as preparation of all exercises and assignments.
For students coming from abroad, accommodation at the Student Hall of the Cyprus Holy Archbishopric, located just across the street, can be offered at the special rate of 190 euros for a two-weeks stay.
The accommodation package includes modern, air-conditioned studios, equipped with a kitchenette, refrigerator, desk, private sanitary facilities, smoke detector, motion detector for energy saving, as well as free WI-FI. There is also a communal kitchen area and a roof garden.
The Student Hall does not provide white linen and towels; therefore, participants are expected to bring their own. Also, the Hall does not offer/have any other services such as room service, bar, café, gym etc.
Participants staying at the Student Hall will be asked to deposit an amount of 50 euros upon payment. This amount will be transferred directly to their account upon their day of departure, provided that no intended damage is caused to the room.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Students attending Classical Greek I or Latin I should arrive at the Student Hall on the evening of Sunday, 5th of July 2020 and depart on Saturday, 18th of July.
Students attending Classical Greek II, Latin II, or Byzantine Greek should arrive at the Student Hall on the evening of Sunday, 19th of July and depart by Saturday, 1st August.
Please note that students attending courses of both Session 1 and Session 2 will be able to remain in the same room for the whole duration of their stay.
The Student Hall is self-catered and no food or drinks are provided; these can be purchased from nearby local markets and shops. However, each student will receive a 50% discount for lunch at the Cyprus Holy Archbishopric restaurant, located next to the TSCC. Usual prices for lunch without a discount range between 6-10 euros. Participants will also be able to use the common kitchen at the Student Hall to prepare their own meals.
Beyond offering intensive language tuition, the Classical Languages Summer School aims to combine academic instruction with various cultural activities. During both sessions of the School, guest academics will deliver lectures or lead discussions on various topics related to Classical Antiquity as well as the history of the island of Cyprus.
Cultural activities include – optional, for free:
Guided tour of Nicosia Old City
Museums’ entrance and guided tours
Lectures, workshops and round-table discussions
Most museums in Nicosia offer discounted or free entrance to students, while during July there are several cultural activities going on in the city centre, often at low or no cost. Attendants will receive relevant information upon arrival.
Additional activities – optional (payable on site):
Day trip to archaeological sites in Limassol and Paphos. Main stops: Kourion, Amathus, Paphos – including the Archaeological Park (with the famous Roman mosaics). Cost: appr. 25-30 euros (including transportation, a guided tour and light lunch).
Attendance of ancient drama performance. During July the International Theatre Institute hosts the International Ancient Greek Drama festival, presenting performances by troupes from all over the world, with English subtitles (where necessary). Tickets can be purchased at around 10 euros. More information will be given in due course (more information about the festival can be found at https://www.greekdramafest.com/).
TUITION AND ACCOMMODATION FEES
Tuition fees for a two-week course: 380 euros
This amount includes:
Teaching material provided by instructors during classes
2 dinners (welcome and farewell reception for each session)
Accommodation per single room for a two-week stay: 190 euros
This amount includes:
Room cleaning once per week
Daily cleaning of the common areas
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Prospective students should reserve their place by paying a non-refundable amount of 50 euros by the 15th of May 2020. Please note that if a class is cancelled due to low enrolment, this amount will be fully returned.
Payment for Tuition fees should be made through bank transfer to the following account (please ask your Banker to add the note: “Classical Languages Summer School-TUITION FEES”):
Bank of Cyprus, Theologiki Scholi Ekklisias Kyprou
Account Number: 357020644139
IBAN: CY82 0020 0195 0000 3570 2064 4139
BIC CODE: BCYPCY2N
The remaining tuition fee (330 euros) should be paid by the 5th of June 2020.
Please make sure that you give both your full name and the purpose upon payment (in both cases).
Students wishing to stay at the Student’s Hall should make their payment by the 5th of June 2020.
Please note that payment for accommodation is made separately, through bank transfer to the following account: (please ask your Banker to add the note: “Classical Languages Summer School-RENT”)
Ηellenic Bank, Iera Archiepiskopi Kyprou (Cyprus Holy Archbishopric)
Account Number: 119-01-001832-01
IBAN: CY48 0050 0119 0001 1901 0018 3201
BIC CODE: HEBACY2N
The amount to be paid for accommodation is 240 euros (190 rent & a refundable fee of 50 euros – see Accommodation above).
Please note that places, both in the courses and at the Student Hall, are limited, so booking will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cyprus!
For more information:
Theological School of the Church of Cyprus
Address: Isokratous 1-7, 1016, Nicosia, Cyprus
Phone: +357 22443055 / Fax: +357 22443050