Summer School in Homer 2017, UCL

An in-depth Summer School is being run by UCL in July. From their website…


Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July 2017

SSH poster 2017

The Summer School offers five days of intensive teaching of Homeric language and literature. There will be four language classes each day as well as lectures, between 10.30 and 16.30. The course is not residential.

Teaching will be generally in groups of 15-20 people which, as far as possible, comprise students of roughly the same level of experience (beginners, intermediate or advanced). The style of teaching is friendly, but demanding: a lot of work is expected from students during the School, but they should find the whole experience both stimulating and valuable. Some classes concentrate chiefly on reading texts, while others offer a mixture of grammar and translation practice. Our tutors include some of the most experienced and talented teachers of Classics in the London area and beyond.

  • Language courses

Beginners Greek: Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 1-50.
Intermediate Greek: Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5), pp. 41-110.
Advanced Greek 1: Iliad 24

Click here for Introduction to Linear B

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  • Literature courses

Homer from Translation – Homer’s Legacy.
Themes: the gods and goddesses, women, heroism, aristeia, kleos, the Homeric question, Penelope, Helen, and Achilles and Hector. Reception of all the above themes in other modes of representation such as novelisations, cinema, modern poetry etc.
Texts: Odyssey 4-12 and 18-22 and Iliad 6, 18, 22 and 24.

The Summer School in Homer caters for school and university students, and for anyone else who wishes to learn Homeric Greek, or to revive their knowledge of it. Potential participants will include: students with no prior knowledge of the language; pre-GCSE/GCSE and A-Level students; university students; mature applicants who wish to expand their knowledge of the Homeric epics. Our principal concern is to provide a thorough programme of language learning in a lively university environment.

Calligraphy Workshop (Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 July 2017)

Write Homer like the Humanists – a Practical Course with Patricia Lovett MBE (professional scribe and illuminator) £20 supplement to cover tools and materials costs

The Humanists rediscovered the classics, including Homer, and developed what they considered to be an ‘antique’ writing style to suit the ancient texts. In fact the script was based on Carolingian Minuscule of the ninth century, but with Renaissance twists. Learn how to write this script, then write out a short section from Homer in Alexander Pope’s translation on calfskin vellum.

All tools and materials supplied, along with exemplar worksheets to take home. Beginners welcome.

The plan:

Day 1

Introduction to Calligraphy, nib angle, stroke sequence, letter-forms and writing minuscule letters

Day 2

Majuscule letters – shape, Square Capitals, Renaissance Capitals

Day 3

Writing with a small nib, selection of text, writing the text, layout and design, vellum and vellum preparation

Day 4

Writing the text on vellum, small exhibition at the end of the day

Programme, Cost and Application form

  • The programme for the Summer School in Homer can be found here. Please note: this programme is still subject to change.
  • The cost of the Summer School is £110 and you can pay here. This includes all tuition, but not accommodation or travel expenses.

Enquiries: please email the Summer School. All completed application forms should be returned, to be received no later than Monday 10th July 2017, to:


The Director, Dr Antony Makrinos
The Summer School in Homer
c/o Department of Greek and Latin
University College London
Gower Street


We are pleased to offer 4 bursaries of £100 (courtesy of the Classical Association) and 5 bursaries of £50 (courtesy of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies). For more information please contact Dr Antony Makrinos at by Monday 10 July 2017 at the latest.

Useful information

  • How to find us

University College London’s Bloomsbury campus is located close to Euston station. A map of the campus and information on individual venues can be found here.

  • We are well served by public transport. Information on local bus and tube services can be found here.
  • Accommodation

The Summer School is non-residential. However, students who require somewhere to stay can (subject to availability) arrange accommodation in a University of London Hall of Residence. Details of prices, availability and information on how to book can be found here. Additionally, places may be available in a UCL Hall of Residence. Further information about UCL Residences can be found here.