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Courses in Modern Greek and of Interest to Modern Greek

Modern Greek Studies offers a variety of courses each semester. There are seven semesters of language teaching, as well as courses in comparative literature, Byzantine Literature and history. Courses taught in anthropology or other departments will be cross-listed with Modern Greek when they are taught. 

Spring 2021

Professor Elsa Amanatidou

Intensive Beginning Modern Greek 

This is an hybrid, intensive, double-credit language course that meets three days a week synchronously in a physical / remote classroom, in addition to three classroom days, in an asynchronous online environment. This proficiency and literacy-oriented, integrated-skills course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek. It places emphasis on the acquisition of the four language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, within a framework that fosters communicative competences, understanding of discourse and critical insights into Modern Greek societies and cultures, within their world contexts. By the end of MGRK0110, students will be able to transition to MGRK0300. In addition to language and culture-specific work, this course will support the development of transferable skills that will enable students to respond with confidence to the demands of undergraduate study.

MGRK 0110

Time TBD


Introduction to Modern Greek

A continuation of MGRK 0100. New students may place into it, after special arrangement with the instructor. The course continues on an integrative skills approach and aims to develop language skills, within a framework of specific topics and functions. The course objectives are to enable students to perform a range of tasks, master a minimum core vocabulary and acquire knowledge and understanding of various forms of Greek culture.

MGRK 0200

MTWTh  12:00-12:50 am


Intermediate Modern Greek

A continuation of MGRK 0300. New students may place into it, after special arrangement with the instructor. It aims to enhance language skills within a variety of registers and themes; enable the students to master, use and understand effectively essential linguistic structures; examine a variety of expressive forms within an authentic cultural context.

MGRK 0400

TTh 10:30-11:50 am


Advanced Modern Greek

A continuation of MGRK 0500. Students who have not taken the previous sequence may take a placement test, after consultation with the instructor. The course aims to promote range, accuracy and fluency and enable students to develop ease and spontaneity with the language. Authentic materials drawn from a range of sources inform the content of the course and include films, literature, media, testimonies, music and internet based sources. The development of transcultural competence will be an essential component of the course.

MGRK 0600

Time TBD


In Other Words: Translating Greece

This is an advanced undergraduate seminar that will offer students the opportunity to build on their linguistic, cultural and critical literacies, by translating from Greek into English. Over the course of the semester we will be thinking critically about texts, their ideological, historical and social coordinates and their embedded discourses of Greekness, community, diglossia, identity and gender, among others. In addition to translating from Greek into English, we will read and discuss essays on translation, in order to consider in an informed way the issues (untranslatability?) and types of decision making associated with the practice of translation. Three years of study of MGRK at Brown (equivalent of MGRK 0600) or elsewhere. A placement test may be necessary.

MGRK 1800

Time: TBD




Special Topics in Modern Greek

Independent study in Modern Greek.

MGRK 1910 


Modern Greek for Classicists and Archaeologists

This graduate level course promotes the acquisition and further refinement of the necessary translingual and transcultural skills to prepare students in the fields of Classics and Archaeology to carry out research in Greece and Cyprus. In addition, it involves training in linguistic skills that will enable students to study closely a range of texts of relevance to these disciplines. Primary emphasis will be on the development of reading, oral and aural skills using a variety of text and web based materials, of discipline specific content but also in professional and other communicative contexts of cultural currency.

MGRK 2200

Time: TBD



Professor Vangelis Calotychos

Film Classics: The Greeks on the Silver Screen

This course examines the adaptation of classical Greek themes and figures in world cinema. Proceeding from classical texts (that will include The Odyssey, The Iliad, Oedipus Rex, Medea, The Oresteia), analysis of films focuses on the ways such texts are recast to comment upon very different cultural, socioeconomic, and political circumstances. How do such films aspire to be “classic” in their own right? What genres or modes follow such films’ epic, or anti-epic, cycles? Considers Hollywood blockbusters (Ulysses, Jason and the Argonauts, Troy, 300) as well as arthouse fare by Godard, Pasolini, Camus, Merchant, Cacoyannis, Dassin, the Coen brothers, Angelopoulos.

MGRK 0810

TTh  1-2:20 pm


Reading the Short Story

This course invites students to explore the pleasurable challenges of close reading within the context of a compressed form, the modern short story. Select works from the nineteenth century on wards—many of them masterpieces, some hidden gems from around the world—will help us question what we think they mean and how we know this. We will develop practices and techniques for articulating such quandaries even as we observe how sociocultural themes, theories of interpretation, and literary movements intertwine with expressions of the self and the politics of identity.No prerequisites. Open to all undergraduates.

COLT 1422M

MWF 1-1:50 pm