Ancient Greek Phonetics
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Ancient Greek Phonetics

Learn the sound of all the letters of the ancient Greek alphabet.
4.7 (9 ratings)
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Last updated 9/2016
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 22 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read a text of ancient Greek in the Attic Dialect
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Requirements
  • The ancient greek alphabet
  • Basic knowledge of ancient greek grammar and vocabulairy
Description

In this course you will learn how to make an Ancient Greek text in the Attic dialect come alive.  You probably know the various lengths of the vowels in theory for example, but how do they really differ?  Maybe you also know in theory the rhythm of a poem (you can make out the prosody etc), but how do the syllables add up in practice?  

Reading it aloud and with the right sound and length of the symbols makes all the difference.

If you want to understand deeply the Ancient Greek texts, or to perform them, this is the right course for you, as it is the only available method.

I will lead you through: 

  • the length and the sound of the vowels
  • the sound of the diphthongs
  • the influence of the accents
  • the aspirate
  • the sound of all the consonants

There are a lot of examples and all the material is in downloadable pdf forms.

You must already be familiar with the Greek alphabet, not so much with the language though: if you don't know the words of the examples you can always find them in a dictionary.  This is not a course for learning the Ancient Greek language, but only about the sound of it.

The course includes:

  • an introduction where you learn a few things about the history of the Attic dialect and about the sources of our information
  • the sound and the length of the vowels
  • the 3 forms of accents
  • the aspirate
  • the sound of the diphthongs
  • all the consonants
  • an epilogue 



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anybody who is interested to know how ancient Greek sounded,
  • For people that have basic knowledge of the language.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Preview
1 Lecture 10:04

In this video, you will see the main informations about the language and the course, as well as excerpts from every lecture.

Preview 10:04
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Main section
9 Lectures 29:20

This is an introduction to the Attic dialect and its sources.

Introduction
03:50

In this lecture we categorise the vowels according to their length and learn their sound, as well as a few consonants.

1. The vowels
03:57

In this lecture we learn how the accents change the musical tone of the phrase and some more consonants.

2. The accents
03:56

In this lecture we see how the aspirate is pronounced, and learn some more consonants.

3. The aspirate
03:14

In this lectrure we learn the sound of all the combinations of the diphthongs.

4. The diphthongs
05:05

In this lecture we learn the geminated consonants.

5b Geminated consonants
03:37

In this lecture we learn the sound of the rest of the consonants.

5a. The rest of the consonants
03:06

Here we wrap up the whole course.  We overview all the alphabet, the accents and everything else we learned.

6. Epilogue
01:25

Advice

Bonus
01:10
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References
3 Lectures 06:20

In this video you have the symbols and the sounds of all the letters of the alphabet.

Symbols and sounds of the Alphabet
00:58

Here are all the words we used in the lectures and their pronunciation.

All the words
04:02

Here are all the phrases that we used in the lectures and their pronunciation.

All the phrases
01:20
About the Instructor
Iphigeneia Spiliotopoulou
4.7 Average rating
9 Reviews
155 Students
1 Course
Musician, Teacher and Performer

 Ancient Greece has always been part of my life.  I was taught Ancient Greek at high-school and kept learning. I chose as profession the art of classical music, but I never lost my interest in the culture and the language of my ancestors.  I am very lucky for having as a long-time friend and teacher someone who has been doing the most thorough research for many years about the ancient greek phonetics: Ioannis Stratakis.  Together we have been performing in the "reconstructed" ancient Greek pronunciation.