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:
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:
This is an introduction to the Attic dialect and its sources.
In this lecture we categorise the vowels according to their length and learn their sound, as well as a few consonants.
In this lecture we learn how the accents change the musical tone of the phrase and some more consonants.
In this lecture we see how the aspirate is pronounced, and learn some more consonants.
In this lectrure we learn the sound of all the combinations of the diphthongs.
In this lecture we learn the geminated consonants.
In this lecture we learn the sound of the rest of the consonants.
Here we wrap up the whole course. We overview all the alphabet, the accents and everything else we learned.
In this video you have the symbols and the sounds of all the letters of the alphabet.
Here are all the words we used in the lectures and their pronunciation.
Here are all the phrases that we used in the lectures and their pronunciation.
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.