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Belfast Classics
6th December 2020

Classical Association in Northern Ireland Lecture

If you missed Dr Kerry Phelan's lecture last week, entitled "Alien vs. Citizen: how to determine descent in Classical Athens", you can watch it on YouTube below.

Latin and Ancient Greek online

Winter Refresher Day - Bursaries available

New Classicists have generously provided a number of bursaries for postgraduate students in the UK and Ireland to attend the Refresher Day. Contact to apply. 

This intensive revision day will take place on Saturday 23rd January 2021 starting at 10am and concluding at 3.30pm GMT/UTC. This will take place online via Zoom. The fee for the day is £35. This revision day is open to all. Interested students can register with me by email (

Beginners Latin will revise first conjugation verbs: present, imperfect, perfect and future; first declension nouns: all cases; prepositions using accusative and ablative, and basic sentence construction into latin and from latin using all these constructs, extending to basic clausal sentences with conjunctions (sed/et).
Lower Intermediate Latin
is for students who already have the basics of Latin. You will be expected to understand what the different cases are, and at least one or two of the declensions. You will also be expected to understand the Present Tense Active forms of verbs. From there, we will revise the other noun declensions, as well as the other Active tenses, finally touching on the Passive voice and participles. We will do some practice sentences throughout and then attempt an unseen passage of Latin.
Upper Intermediate Latin
is for students who are familiar with all of the declensions and both the Active and Passive voices of all the verb tenses. We will cover more advanced grammar, beginning with the Subjunctive, and the different types of clauses (temporal, conditional, purpose, result), along with indirect statements and questions, before tackling a more advanced passage of Latin.
Advanced Latin
class will read selections from the works of Ovid.

Beginners Greek is for those seeking to refresh the important elements of the language. Students will cover the basic grammar principles to kickstart their revision, and examine some key vocabulary to help students conquer the introductory chapters of their chosen textbook.
Lower Intermediate Greek
is for those who already know some ancient Greek. You already understand the present tense active forms, first and second declension nouns and prepositions. We will continue with future, imperfect and aorist tenses, and third declension nouns.

Upper Intermediate Greek will cover more advanced grammar such as the subjunctive and optative mood and their uses; -μι verbs and subordinate clauses.
Advanced Greek
will read selections from Odyssey 8 and Plato’s Ion.

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This group is suitable for those who have already studied ancient Greek grammar and are ready to read an ancient Greek text.

The first text the group will read is Plato's Symposium. You can use any text, let me know if you would like assistance.

Lessons will be taught by Belfast Summer School tutor, Derek McCann, and will take place via Zoom on Saturdays, from 1pm-2pm GMT/UTC, starting on 16th January. 

Classes will continue on a rolling basis and the fee is £70 per 10-week term. Register by emailing me at

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