What is philology? Philology means “the love of the word.” It is the study of language and literature, especially the structure, historical development, and relation of languages in literary texts.
What is the Philology Institute? The Philology Institute is an academic institute in central Kentucky that provides elementary, intermediate and advanced language instruction, through individual or group tutoring and intensive summer courses.
What does the Philology Institute offer? The Philology Institute offered its first intensive six-week summer course in Greek grammar from May 19-June 27, 2014. Since then we have expanded our offerings to include Latin (summer 2015) and Hebrew (2016). For summer 2017, we will offer all three languages (Latin, Greek, and Hebrew) in intensive introductory courses. Individual and group tutoring are offered upon request.
Who may apply? The Philology Institute will accept applications from any student enrolled at least part-time in an accredited college, university, or seminary, as well as qualified professionals. Advanced high school students are also encouraged to apply. The summer courses enroll up to 12 students. No prior experience in the language is needed.
When may I apply? There is no start date for accepting applications for our summer courses. Most applications arrive in the spring, during March and April, but we will accept applications received earlier than that. Our application deadline is May 1.
What do the summer Latin, Greek, and Hebrew courses cover? The Intensive Summer Latin course covers all of Classical Latin grammar. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and translate (with the aid of a dictionary) passages from Cicero, Caesar, Virgil, Catullus, the Vulgate, early Church Fathers, and medieval Latin authors.The Intensive Summer Greek course covers (in just six weeks) all of ancient Greek grammar. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and translate (with the aid of a dictionary) passages from the New Testament in Greek, as well as passages of Plato, Homer, Euripides, early Church Fathers, and other ancient Greek writers. The Intensive Summer Hebrew course covers all of biblical Hebrew grammar. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and translate (with the aid of a lexicon) passages from the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh).
What if I have no prior knowledge of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew? That is not a problem. Our summer courses are introductory. They presume no prior experience with the language. We start with the alphabet and work up from there.
How can I learn Latin, Greek, or Hebrew in only six weeks? The class will meet three hours a day, five days a week. Students will spend 3-4 hours every day studying outside of class. The Latin and Greek curriculum has been used both at the City University of New York (since 1973) and The Catholic University of America (for several years) with consistent success for thousands of undergraduate and graduate students. The Hebrew curriculum has been used for decades both in summer courses and in regular academic semesters, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Will I get college or university credit for the summer courses? The Philology Institute does not currently offer academic credit, but students who pass the course will receive a diploma from the Institute and may take a placement exam at their own college or university to test out of up to four semesters of college-level Latin, Greek, or Hebrew.
How much does the summer course cost? The intensive six-week summer course costs $2500 (for the equivalent of up to 4 semesters of college coursework). There are a limited number of $500 scholarships available upon application.
How do I know the summer course is worth the cost? The Philology Institute hires only the most qualified and experienced instructors for our language classes. The instructor for the summer 2017 Greek course, Mr. Benjamin Lewis, has an M.A. in Greek and Latin from the Catholic University of America and has taught this course before, both at the Catholic University of America and at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. To see what his former students and professors have to say about him, and about the course, check out the “Praise for Our Instructors” page. You can also consult his Curriculum Vitae.
The instructor for the summer 2017 Latin course is Mr. Leo Hunt. You can read more about him here. The instructor for our summer 2017 Hebrew course is Professor Jeannine Brabon. You can read more about her here.
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