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The Latin/Greek Institute
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Katherine Lu Hsu, Director

Rita Fleischer, Administrative Director


Upper-level Programs in Latin and Greek

The upper-level programs in Latin and Greek permit qualified students who have completed the Basic Program in Latin or Greek plus additional upper-level work in the language, or at least two years (four semesters) of college-level Latin or Greek, to read a substantial body of literature at a high level of grammatical precision. The programs last seven weeks: during the first week, students intensively review basic morphology and syntax and establish a common terminology. For the remaining six weeks, the major focus is on translating and analyzing a large body of material. Daily quizzes, special tutorials and frequent drills are included. The large amount of reading is enriched by regular prose composition exercises. Throughout, there is emphasis on aspects of criticism that derive from a linguistic analysis of a text and that cannot be appreciated from a translation. Graduate students of literature and related fields are welcome.

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The upper-level programs, like the basic ones, are team-taught, and students have unparalleled access to faculty before and after class. There are substantial nightly assignments. The work of the programs is extremely demanding, with the equivalent of one week's material in a normal college setting covered each day. No one should enroll who has any other commitment for the summer. Daily attendance is required. Eight undergraduate credits can be earned through Brooklyn College. Whether or not these credits can be applied elsewhere is the decision of authorities at the student's home school.


Upper-level Latin: June 9 - July 29, 2014

Works to be read will include the following, with additional selections to be read at sight.

  • Lucretius — De Rerum Natura, 2 books
  • Vergil — Georgics 4
  • Seneca – Thyestes
  • Seneca – Apocolocyntosis
  • Tacitus — Annales 4-6, 14-16


Upper-level Greek (Summer 2015)

Works to be read (in their entirety unless otherwise noted). Additional selections will be read at sight.

  • Lysias 1 — On the Murder of Eratosthenes

  • Plato — Phaedrus

  • Thucydides — selected speeches

  • Aristophanes — Clouds