♦ INDIVIDUAL OR SMALL-GROUP CLASSES

♦ ACTIVE, MODERN-LANGUAGE METHODOLOGY

♦ LITERATURE CLASSES IN LATIN AND GREEK

♦ BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN AUTHORS CLASS

               

Latin and Greek Internet Classes

 

Our objective is to facilitate the learning of classical languages by all those who for various reasons cannot attend classes in person or who simply prefer to learn from their own homes, taking advantage of the ease and time savings found in learning via videoconference.

We offer two types of classes: small-group classes (of 2-3 people) and individual classes.

Caesar, Virgil, Cicero, Livy, Plautus, Ovid, Catullus, Horace, Sallust, San Augustine,  Aristophanes, Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Saint Luke, Homer... and so many others are waiting for their words to be heard again through our eyes.

Πλεῖν ἀνάγκη, ζῆν οὐκ ἀνάγκη ♦ Navigare necesse est, vivere non necesse


About us

We invite all of you who desire to learn Latin or Greek for knowledge’s sake to begin a journey which will lead us to enjoy in their original languages the works underlying the politics, medicine, art, literature, theology, science, philosophy, and indeed, all the thought of our civilization.

Carlos Martínez Aguirre

I’ve been teaching languages since 1998. I’ve given classes in Latin, Greek and Spanish in Greece, France and Spain. In addition to Classical Philology, I’ve studied Byzantinology in Athens and I have published various books of poetry and an autobiographical essay on the teaching of classical languages titled The strange odyssey. Confessions of a classical philologist
You can learn more about me on my professional Linkedin profile.

Η Φιλική Εταιρεία

Η Φιλική Εταιρεία is a group of friends and collaborators of Classics at home who, captivated by Latin and Greek, altruistically support our project by coming up with teaching materials, videos and audio to be used in our classes.

Gonzalo Jerez and Asier Mendoza are the current members of Φιλική Εταιρεία.

Our courses

 

Methodology

Our teaching follows an active, natural approach. From the very first moment the professor speaks in Latin or Greek with the students and asks them to respond to questions using the same language. We prioritize vocabulary acquisition and oral fluency. Grammar is assimilated in a natural way through conversational exercises in the same way grammar is internalized while learning modern languages. We use texts based on active learning as well as our own materials such as audio recordings, video lessons and workbooks.

 

Beginning latin

In the beginning course we go through the first 24 chapters of FAMILIA ROMANA as well as COLLOQVIA PERSONARVM, a book of complementary readings. During classes a constant dialogue is maintained in Latin between professor and student so that the language is assimilated in the most effective way possible--that is, through use--vocabulary and the language’s basic grammar, especially the declination of nouns, adjectives and pronouns and the conjugation of the indicative and the imperative. The course length varies according to each student’s capacity and motivation, but on average is completed in around 35 hour-an-a-half sessions.

 

Latin authors

For advanced-level students we offer Latin courses of the main Latin authors following the editions annotated by Professor Hans H. Ørberg. The authors and works which we work through are: Sermones Romani (Cato, Fables of Phaedrus, Vulgate, Horace Aulus Gellius, Martial, Pliny and others), Caesar, Ovid, Petronius, Virgil, Plautus, Cicero and Sallust. The objective of these courses is to familiarize the student with the different styles of Latin literature until he or she achieves the competency necessary to read on his or her own any literary text proposed.

 

Latin method

In the Latin classes we use the books from the series LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA by Professor Hans Henning Ørberg, recognized worldwide as one of the best and most efficient methods for teaching Latin. It is a course written entirely in Latin based on the contextual inductive method in which each new word or grammatical concept can be deduced from the context. The student that successfully completes the 56 chapters in the series is well prepared to fluently communicate in Latin and to comfortably read the great authors of Latin literature.

 

Intermediate Latin

Our experience working for years with the series LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA has shown us that the last 11 chapters in the book FAMILIA ROMANA require much more effort and attention than the previous 24 if one does not wish to fail when continuing with the second part of the method. Therefore we have prepared a study plan for this intermediate level in which we accompany each chapter with complementary readings of mythological fables in Latin specially prepared to work on the most important grammatical aspects of these chapters: the use of the subjunctive, conditional sentences, the supine, the gerund and the gerundive, the different types of subordinate phrases, etc. The objective is that upon finishing the course the student not only understands these concepts, but is able to actively use them in a real and effective way both conversationally and in writing, so that he or she will be perfectly positioned to begin the advanced course of study. This course is expected to last about 70 hour-and-a-half sessions, although it can vary depending on each student’s needs.

 

Greek authors

We are open to our students’ suggestions in our Greek course, being able to work from the most important authors (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, ancient lyricists, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic lyric poetry, Plutarch, Lucian and others) to works from the church fathers and from the Byzantine period such as the “Alexiad” by Anna Komnene. Following the Byzantine pedagogical model, we use the living form of Greek and its historic pronunciation, not the Erasmian.

 

Greek method

Our methodology for teaching classical Greek is inspired by Byzantine scholastic traditions. This methodology allows the student to have a complete vision of the language’s evolution from classical times through our own. We use the ALEXANDROS series as our initial text, an adaptation by Mario Díaz Ávila of W.H.D. Rouse’s classic work A Greek boy at home. The student gradually assimilates the differences between the modern and classical forms of the language until becoming able to read and enjoy Greek classics in their original form.

 

Advanced Latin

In this course we work through the second volume of the Ørberg method: ROMA AETERNA. It is a course for students who have successfully completed the first volume and who have a real and active mastery of the fundamental grammatical elements of Latin. Classes are given entirely in Latin by means of a constant dialogue between professor and student through which we reinforce the use of the Latin language and broaden our vocabulary. This constant dialogue also allows the student to be the one who gradually becomes able to comment on and explain the grammatical phenomena that come up. This is a very high-level course which will not only prepare us to read the great Latin authors in the original language, but will also prepare the student to be able to explain in Latin its style and grammar, which makes this level a true course for the training of Latin educators in the active method.

 

Christian authors

For advanced students we offer special courses dedicated to Christian authors. We study the following works and authors: the Vulgate Bible, the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament, the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists, the Acts of the martyrs, Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine and Saint Isidore of Seville. Classes are given entirely in Latin or modern Greek in keeping with the pedagogical model inherited from the Byzantine tradition.

 

Technical requirements

Classes are given via Skype. The only things needed are a high-speed internet connection (HDSL or fiber-optic) and a computer with a microphone. Most students who have never used a videoconference program learn how to use it in a few minutes. Normally by the third class they feel so comfortable that they forget the professor is not in their house. It is important to use equipment that is neither too old nor too small; tablets or mini-computers are not powerful enough to give an acceptable class, especially a group class.

 

Classical Greek

We begin by studying Professor Mario Díaz Ávila’s adaptation of W.H.D. Rouse’s classic method ALEXANDROS (A Greek boy at home), which is complemented by Professor Santiago Carbonell’s manual of active practice exercises DIALOGOS. Once we’ve established the morphological bases of the Attic dialect we will start the reading and commentary of, all the while employing Greek as the language of communication, adapted mythological narrations, which will serve as an excellent bridge between the prepared texts and the most accessible classic authors, beginning with the reading of the Gospels and the Psalms, following the Byzantine didactic traditions. Once we have arrived at this point the preferences and tastes of each student shall decide which authors and epochs to read and comment on.

 

Latin for children

This course is intended for young students from 11 to 15 years of age. The approach is entirely active and engaging. We use a variety of texts -Minimus, Ecce Romani, Familia Romanaprioritizing conversation and Latin culture, history and civilization. The course is not only designed to be an introduction to active Latin, but also serves as an interdisciplinary reinforcement for the betterment of logical thought and comprehension of grammatical categories through the study of rudimentary Latin syntax. This course will also improve the students’ knowledge of history, art and literature and will increase vocabulary via the study of Latin (and Greek) roots found in modern vernacular. This is the only one of our courses in which the language of instruction is not Latin or Greek, but instead is given in the student’s mother tongue (Spanish, English or French).

Pricing

The Latin classes may be paid per-session or by the month or trimester, which is the most economical.
There is also the possibility of signing up for our Latin group classes of 2 or 3 students, which is also quite economical.
The Greek classes are only paid by the session. We do not currently offer Greek group classes.
Payment is accepted via bank transfer or Paypal. We are able to invoice individuals as well as organizations.

 

Individual Latin Class

Individuals classes meet at least once a week for 1h at a rate of 30€ per session. Discounts are available for classes that are scheduled to occur more frequently than once a week, or for setting up monthly or trimester payment plans.

 

Latin Small-group Classes

These Latin classes are paid monthly and the rate is independent of the number of sessions (which are 4 or 5 depending on the month). The price for the monthly rate is 60€. Payments for classes which students do not attend for their own reasons are not refunded, but recordings are made of the classes so that these may be viewed later. The max number of students per group is three. Each small-group class session lasts 1-½ hour.

 

Individual Greek Classes

The price for individual Greek Classes is 30€ for 1-hour sessions or 45€ for 1-½ hour sessions.

 

Latin Pricing Options

We offer substantial discounts for those who wish to pay by the trimester or who set up more than one session a week. For example: a student who schedules 6 weekly sessions and pays on a trimester basis will pay 1800€ for the trimester (in which case the 1 hour session comes to 20€). For more details about trimester payments or for scheduling more than one session a week, write us and tell us about your case and we will send you a bid.

 

Latin Classes for Children

Latin class for children and homeschoolers (from 11 to 16 years of age) are paid monthly independently of the number of sessions (which are 4 or 5 depending on the month). The price for the monthly rate is 40€. Payments for classes which students do not attend for their own reasons are not refunded, but recordings are made of the classes so that these may be viewed later. The max number of students per group is three. Each class session for children lasts 1 hour.

 

Literature and Bible

These are offered in individual classes. The prices are the same as for the Latin and Greek sessions. Discounts are also possible for those paying on a trimester basis or for classes that are scheduled for more than one session a week.

Free online Latin Classes in radio format

CLASSICS AT HOME offers a daily webcast Monday through Friday,  LINGVA LATINA NOSTRA QVOTIDIANA, five minutes of free Latin class for all the Spanish speakers across the world. It is a radio-style emission to orient and motivate autodidact students who are working with the method LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA. Besides tips and tricks designed for the student to derive the most benefit from the method, the program offers exercises to review vocabulary and vowel length with macrons and to develop oral agility in spoken Latin.

THIS LATIN COURSE FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SPANISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS WHO ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN LATIN AND GRECO-ROMAN CULTURE.

Our free Latin classes may be followed every day Monday through Friday through our YouTube channel or Facebook page. Audio files can be downloaded from our Podcast.

 

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Contact

Classics at home
Apartado de Correos 91
19200 Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara)
España (Spain)

(+34) 663 173 294

classicsathome@gmail.com