Bakewell U3A Ancient Greek Group
The Ancient Greek language was spoken and written over a long period from the 8th century BC when Homer’s two great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, were first written down to the first century AD when the New Testament was written and later into the Roman era: thus it is a vital ingredient of European thinking and culture. It later morphed into Modern Greek in the same way Chaucer’s Middle English has evolved into our modern tongue.
The Bakewell U3A Ancient Greek Group started from the beginning in April 2010 with no previous knowledge, and followed the set course Reading Greek, published by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers: we are now consolidating our knowledge and expertise by working our way through A Greek Anthology also published by the J.A.C.T. This comprises extracts from all the major authors from Homer to the New Testament, in their original form: we are also taking a passing look at classical Greek history and culture on the way.
We meet once every fortnight in one of our homes for two hours, and also do some preparation in our own time.
If you have any interest in taking on this challenge, or want to know more, please contact the co-ordinator, Peter Ward, phone 01629 732210, email ancient greek coordinator