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Let's Learn Greek! - Beginner's Greek Class

Social Studies

(Summer Camp) Ancient Greek Mythology and Archaeology (Age 12-14)

In this summer camp the students explore how the ancient Greeks systematically organized their stories about the creation of the world, the elements of the universe, the birth of humans and life on earth, and the role of their major gods
Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
696 total reviews for this teacher
20 reviews for this class
Completed by 61 learners
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Class
60 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
12-14
year olds
3-7
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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In this class students will understand that the magic of myths lies not only in the stories themselves, fascinating as they are, but in the logic behind them and in their deeper meaning. Myths will be appreciated as a system of beliefs and a way of thinking about the world, as it was created by the ancient Greeks.

The goal for the students is to learn at an introductory level how Greeks were structuring their myths and some of the narrative patterns that they were employing to tell meaningful stories about their gods. 

We will discuss together how were these stories played out in the sanctuaries of the gods, and in their worship. What did they mean to priests and to artists, as well as to the political and social elite of ancient Greece.

We will finally delve into an ancient religion with respect, so as to learn from this example two very important lessons: that there is no absolute truth, and that nothing unchangeable in time, when it comes to religious traditions, old and new. 
I have a B.A. and M.A. in ancient Greek history and archaeology, as well as an M.A. in history and phiosophy of religions. I have excavated in ancient Greek sites, I speak ancient and modern Greek and I am currently finishing my PhD. 
Homework, designed to take no more than 30 minutes per day, will be assigned in two forms: 

(a) before each of the five meetings students will be asked to study the short hand-out which will be distributed in advance as part of their preparation (each hand out will be uploaded 24 hours in advance; upon the students' request ]all of the handouts can be sent in the beginning), 
and 
(b) at the end of each of the meetings the students will be assigned a short multiple-choice test to be filled out under parental supervision, in order to test their memory, attention and observation. This test may also include one or two questions requiring a very short answer, in order to assess the learners' comprehension. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not believe that a letter grade is meaningful for a summer camp on mythology. However, as I often do with my one-time classes, which are always small classes (up to 7 students), I communication with the parents and the children directly, providing my personal comments, private feedback and an informal assessment.
5 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
In the ancient Greek arts gods are depicted often (but not always) naked. The Greek word for a naked man is "gymnos" and that is why in English today we say "gymnastics" or "gym" although our children and athletes wear uniforms. This being said, any artistic reproduction in ancient art should be expected to show nude gods. I try to use as less as possible, but it is not always within my hands since this is the nature of the ancient Greek art itself. Since, it is an art that comes from an era where there were no photographs, or videos, the art is found only on painted vases, wall paintings and sculpture. Nudity was never meant to provoke, but to tell to the ancient viewer that gods are not mortal humans and, thus, they do not need clothes. As you may very well understand, I cannot change the history of art, nor my preference as teacher of mythology to show students the original art from ancient times.

Teacher

Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
🇨🇦
Lives in Canada
PhD Candidate, Professional Researcher, Active Scholar, Happy Father
696 total reviews
463 completed classes

About Me

As a father of two young kids, I put a lot of effort so as to entertain them in a productive, and educational way, making sure I feed their natural curiosity and encourage them to keep asking questions. Undoubtedly, television and video games are... 
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