HOMER CAMP

Come read Homer. In Greek.

Greek Camp is back. The Ancient Language Institute is moving from the internet to the physical world again this summer. Come join us in July 2024, for a 10-day Ancient Greek immersion camp, led by some of the best Ancient Greek teachers from around the world.

We will be reading, speaking, laughing, chanting, and writing in Greek on the beautiful Winston-Salem campus of Wake Forest University from July 20 – July 29. 

Homer Camp is designed for late beginner – advanced Greek students who want to improve their Greek proficiency and read the Iliad and Odyssey with enjoyment. 

No matter what form of Ancient Greek you are primarily interested in, the immersive learning experience of Homer Camp will aid you in your path towards proficiency. Homer Camp presents a life-changing opportunity to study Greek immersively under the Direct Method, which the Ancient Language Institute uses with hundreds of students online every year.

While we will be primarily focusing on Homer, we will also be learning how the study of other Ancient Greek texts can enrich your reading of Homer. But most of all, we’ll be reading and speaking – a ton – in Ancient Greek!

The ideal Homer Camp participant already has some experience with Ancient Greek, whether Homeric, Attic, or Koine, so that he or she is at least familiar with the fundamental grammatical concepts and essential vocabulary of Ancient Greek. 

What You Need to Know

We can accept a maximum of 30 students. Applications are already rolling in, and will be evaluated in the order they are received. We will close applications when all seats have been filled.

  • Cost: $1,500 (triple-room) | $1,650 (double-room) | $1,800 (single room)
    • Covers tuition for Homer Camp, lodging for nine nights, and three meals/day while you’re here
  • Location: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Dates: July 20th – July 29th, 2024
    • Check-in: Beginning July 20th (3pm)
    • Check-out: Must be completed July 29th (12pm)
  • Requirements (what we’re looking for in applicants):
    • Late beginner – advanced student of Greek
    • Minimum age of 18
    • Positive, enthusiastic attitude excited for an immersive, spoken Greek experience

Teachers

Michael Kopf, our Ancient Greek & Latin Fellow, was born and raised in Upper Austria. He has studied and lived in Munich, Vienna, and Jerusalem. Since receiving his MA in Ancient Philology from the Polis Institute in 2015, he has taught Latin and Greek to middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, graduate students, as well as independent learners in immersion and in more conventional settings. His special interests include ancient grammatical texts as well as the use of poetry in language teaching. In 2020, he and his wife decided to resettle in rural Austria from where they both teach classical languages in different capacities.

Joanna Thornhill, our Ancient Greek & Latin Fellow, was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, California. She studies Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a great passion for ancient languages and has taken part in Latin and Greek courses at a variety of institutions, including spending several summers at the Accademia Vivarium Novum. She has taught a variety of students Greek and Latin both in individual and group settings. Outside of her studies, she can be found snowboarding down the slopes in the Santa Fe mountains.

You can find her on Twitter here: @JThornhill51

Vladimir Chiurlea, our Ancient Greek & Latin Fellow, was born in the wild city of Bucharest, Romania. While completing his BA in Byzantine Music, he caught the fever of Ancient Greek and is yet to recover. When he is not teaching and reading Ancient Greek, he is roaming the streets and parks of Romania spreading the contagion of Greek poetry. He has experience teaching Ancient Greek to total beginners and advanced students both online and in-person.

Hi! My name is Oliver Whetstone, an Ancient Greek and Latin Fellow at ALI and I am excited to teach you an ancient language! I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Classics and Philosophy at Harvard University in 2018, and an MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford in 2020, where I specialized in Ancient Logic. After graduating, I taught Ancient Greek for Jesus and Harris Manchester Colleges, Oxford, and co-founded Oxford Latinitas Ltd, a company set up by people who met through Classics at Oxford to provide Active Method language teaching in ancient Greek and Latin, before moving on to the Ancient Language Institute. Currently, I am back in NYC, working on founding a similar society at Princeton University.

Timeline and Application Process

Apply (Feb. 1 – June 1): Use the application form (below) on the Homer Camp page to apply to join us. We will require a refundable $100 deposit at the time of application. If you are accepted, this deposit will be applied to your tuition balance. If you are not accepted, the deposit will be fully refunded to you.

Video Interview (Feb. 1 – June 14): If we move you on to the next stage of the application process, we will schedule a video interview with you, so we can learn more about you and your Greek interest and experience, and so you can ask some questions about Homer Camp.

Acceptance (Feb. 1 – June 14): Shortly after the video interview, we will let you know via email whether you’ve been accepted. If you are accepted, we will also send you an invoice for 50% of the cost (minus the $100 already paid). To secure your spot at Homer Camp, you will need to pay that invoice. Once you do, your spot is secure.

Balance due (June 14): Your entire balance is due June 14. Additionally, if at any point you need to withdraw from Homer Camp, you may do that for a full refund before June 14. Beginning June 14, we will no longer be able to issue refunds.

Travel notification due (July 1): We will send out an “orientation” email in June to provide some more helpful logistical info, which will include a questionnaire about your travel arrangements, so that we can make sure we know when you’re due to arrive in Winston-Salem. Please fill this out and return it to us by July 1.

Arrival (July 20th): You are welcome to check into your room at Wake Forest University on July 20th beginning at 4:00pm. We will be there to welcome you on campus at that time. Dinner will be served at 5:00pm that day, so please arrive before then.

Homer Camp (July 20th – July 29th): Greek! The Iliad! Greek! The Odyssey!

Departure (July 29th): The last session of Homer Camp will be at 9:00am-10:30am on Monday, July 29th. You are welcome to depart immediately after that. You will need to check out of your room by 12:00pm that day – you don’t have to go home then, but you can’t stay here.

FAQs

Homer Camp is meant to help late beginner – early advanced students improve their Greek. If you’ve never studied Greek before, you’re welcome to apply, but we will also require you to sign-up and complete Greek 101 at the Ancient Language Institute in advance of Bible Camp (or an equivalent class elsewhere), so that when you arrive in Winston-Salem, you’re not starting from scratch.

Not at all! We’re assuming students will come with all sorts of different backgrounds in Greek. If you’ve studied Greek grammar before but never used the language actively, that’s fine! Students in this situation often make rapid progress once they’re exposed to an immersive approach to learning the language.

We are very ecumenical when it comes to pronunciation. Our teachers use a variety of different pronunciations, and we don’t require students to pick a particular one. Some of our teachers use a modified Erasmian, some use Lucian, and many use Attic reconstructions. If there is a pronunciation you are particularly interested in practicing, our teachers will be happy to help you do so. For the most part, we just want to make sure all of our students and teachers can understand each other when they’re speaking in Greek.

That’s up to your college. We aren’t accredited and do not offer degrees. However, many undergraduate and graduate institutions have honored our classes for course credit, even for our Greek Camps. If this is something you’re interested in, we suggest reaching out to a professor or administrator at your home institution to see if they would be receptive. If they are, let us know and we’d be happy to help and provide anything you need to arrange for this.

Nope – if you’ve studied Greek elsewhere, we’d love to have you.

We will be staying in a very comfortable, up-to-date residence hall on the beautiful Wake Forest University campus. You have the option of sharing a room with two other participants, one other participant, or having your own room. It costs an extra $150 to have a double room, and an extra $300 to have a single room, compared to the base rate of $1,500 . Three meals per day will also be covered, which will be served in a very nice dining facility on campus. Everything you need will be within walking distance.

That’s really hard to say. Everybody comes in at a different level, with different experiences, and with different aptitudes. We can’t guarantee a particular outcome for you, but we can guarantee that over the course of the 10 days we’re together, that we’ll do everything we can to help you grow in your Greek proficiency.

The minimum age for Homer Camp participants is 18 years old. This is due to our agreement with our host, Wake Forest University.

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