Welcome to the Open University Learning Ancient Greek site. This page contains a range of resources to support your study of the Ancient Greek language, whether you are a complete beginner or already making your first steps towards learning the language.
If you are thinking about learning Classical Greek, or simply curious to learn the ancient Greek alphabet, then try the Open University website, Introducing Ancient Greek. This site allows you to familiarize yourself with the letters and sounds of Ancient Greek, gives you practice at forming Greek words, and introduces you to simple Greek sentences.
Study time: 2-3 hours
If you want to gain an idea of what learning Ancient Greek will involve, or are planning to study the language formally at school, university or more independently, then the OU booklet, Getting Started on Ancient Greek, will help you on your way. These study materials, designed for complete beginners and near-beginners, allow you to familiarise yourself with the letters, words, sounds and basic structure of the language.
Study time: 8-10 hours
The Open University has also produced free materials for students using the Reading Greek series of textbooks (JACT/Cambridge University Press). Reading Greek: A Supplementary Study Guide for Teachers and Learners provides reading tips, study hints, additional exercises and orientation to support the study of Reading Greek Sections 1-9. It is suitable for both independent learners and those studying in a class.
A word version of this document is also available for download.
The Open University has previously collaborated with the Eton College Greek Software Project on an Interactive Vocabulary Tester which allows users to test themselves on the vocabulary in Reading Greek Sections 1-9.
(Note that after clicking on Vocabulary: Reading Greek (§1-9), you can choose to be tested on the learning vocabulary of either individual or multiple sections of Reading Greek by going to ‘word class’ and selecting ‘range’ from the drop down menu.)
The interactive quizzes below are also designed for students studying Ancient Greek using the Reading Greek series of textbooks (JACT/Cambridge University Press). These quizzes allow you to test yourself on the grammar you meet at different stages of the course.
Just click on the links to begin. Each quiz will open in a new window. You can attempt each quiz as many times as you like, using the feedback to improve your score.
Quiz 1 (covering up to Section 1D of Reading Greek)
Quiz 2 (covering up to Section 2D of Reading Greek)
Quiz 3 (covering up to Section 3E of Reading Greek)
Quiz 4 (covering up to Section 6B of Reading Greek)
Quiz 5 (covering up to Section 6D of Reading Greek)
Quiz 6 (covering up to Section 7H of Reading Greek)
Quiz 7 (covering up to Section 9J of Reading Greek)
Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin allows you to gain an understanding of what studying an ancient language like Greek or Latin involves. For anyone who reads classical literature in translation, it also provides an insight into how sentences in Greek and/or Latin are structured, as well as the challenges involved in translating ancient texts into English.