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International Byzantine Greek Summer School, 14 July – 10 August 2019, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Publish Date: Dec 18, 2018

Deadline: Apr 12, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 14, 2019 12:00 to Aug 10, 2019 12:00

International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS)

The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to host the International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS) in 2019. This well-established course, directed by Dr Anthony Hirst, moved to Dublin in 2016 after many years of success at Queen’s University Belfast (2002-11) and the University of Birmingham (2012-15). The course teaches Byzantine Greek at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level and allows early learners to engage with original texts from the start.

Byzantine Greek is the dominant form of Greek written during the Byzantine Empire (AD 330–1453). The spoken language changed significantly in this period and came close to Modern Greek, but most Byzantine authors use conservative forms of Greek that looked back to Classical Attic, the Hellenistic Koine and Biblical Greek. Therefore much of the vocabulary, morphology and syntax of Byzantine Greek are not significantly different from Classical Greek, which makes this course a suitable preparation also for reading Classical literature and the New Testament.

Course Details

Level 1 Beginners (14 – 27 July)

The Level 1 course is designed for those with no previous knowledge of Greek. It starts with the Greek alphabet and through 60 hours of teaching over a two-week period introduces students to the basic morphology and syntax they need to take the first steps towards reading Byzantine Greek. They read extracts of actual Byzantine Greek texts from the start and will be able to translate simple Greek texts with the aid of a dictionary at the end of the course.

Level 2/2.5 Intermediate/Higher Intermediate (28 July – 10 August)

The Level 2 course assumes that students have successfully completed Level 1 (either last year or in the previous weeks: each year many students take both levels) or they have acquired an equivalent level of competence in Greek by other means (for example, in a university or secondary school course in Ancient Greek). Level 2 consolidates and completes the coverage of basic Greek grammar and introduces students to Bzyantine Greek texts in different genres, such as historiography, liturgy and hagiography.

Course Fees, Accommodation and Bursaries

The course fee for two weeks (Level 1 or Level 2 or Level 3) is €450. 
The course fee for all four weeks (Level 1 + Level 2) is €900.
Accommodation in Gateway Student Village, Dublin 9, at a cost of €400 per two weeks, can be booked on application to the course.

Students who require financial support to attend this Summer School can apply for a bursary. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Classical Association (UK) and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies for student bursaries for this course. Further bursaries are made possible by the Alison Jayne Dunlop Memorial, Brian Earls Memorial, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Timothy Lutz, and Belfast Byzantine Texts and Translations funds.


  1. Download the application form and Guide for Applicants and return the completed application form as an email attachment to Mr Seán McCrum by the deadline of 12 April 2019

  2. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to pay a deposit of €100 through Trinity College’s online booking page. This deposit is non-refundable.

  3. You will receive a message confirming your deposit payment, your place on the course, and the balance of your tuition fee. The balance should be paid online before the start of the course.

  4. If you indicate on the application form that you want to avail of accommodation in Gateway Student Village, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9 (€400 for 2 weeks), Gateway Student Village will send you a PayPal invoice.

  5. If you require a bursary to attend this Summer School, please contact the Course Director, Dr Anthony Hirst. Bursaries can provide partial assistance for fees and accommodation costs but not, in normal circumstances, the deposit or travel costs. If you wish to be considered for funding it is essential that you submit your application by the deadline of 12 April 2019.

  6. Early application is advised in the case of non-EU citizens, who may have to obtain a visa. If you need a visa to attend the Summer School, please follow the visa instructions on the course application form.
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