JACT Greek Summer School at Bryanston

Tragedy 3The 53rd JACT Greek Summer School will run between 27th July and 7th August 2021. 

Please go to greeksummerschool.org for full details, to contact us or to apply. 

Director                       Prof David Langslow
Director of Studies      Henry Cullen

The Summer School takes place at Bryanston School, Blandford, Dorset, by kind permission of the Headmaster and Governors. The School is situated in a beautiful setting in extensive grounds on the outskirts of Blandford, and has excellent facilities for study and recreation.

Students are divided into three main categories: Beginners, Intermediate (up to GCSE standard) and Advanced (GCSE standard and beyond). Within these categories, tutorial groups will be formed of people who are, as far as possible, at the same level.

Beginners will use the JACT course Reading Greek. They may buy this at a reduced rate to keep. To get full benefit from such an intensive course, the work must be consolidated not too long afterwards. Before the fortnight ends, all beginners will have read some original Greek, probably some Homer or an extract of Greek Tragedy.

Intermediate groups: There will be several levels between Beginners and GCSE standard. Groups will start at various points in Reading Greek or Taylor’s Greek to GCSE course to consolidate their linguistic knowledge, and will go on to the next texts of the course (World of Heroes or Intellectual Revolution) or to other texts; starting point, progress and finishing point may vary considerably in these groups, but some substantial passages of original Greek should be read in all of them.

Advanced groups will normally aim to read three texts: a book of Homer, a tragedy and a prose book. The texts will be chosen to avoid what students have already read and, if possible, their A-level prescriptions. The main aim is to build up the students’ fluency and linguistic self-confidence. Some consolidation of grammar may be thought appropriate. While critical appreciation of the texts will play a part, it will not take precedence over the linguistic priorities which the course exists to promote. Historical, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical exploration is amply on offer in the series of lectures and seminars.

Teachers course – aimed at practising or trainee teachers who wish to learn Greek in order to offer it in their schools. Teachers courses for 2020 are one week long, with three options available: Beginners, Intermediate & GCSE. For further details, see www.greeksummerschool.org

Most applicants are students at school or university. They must not be less than 16 at the start of the course. The upper age limit is normally 25 but exceptions are made for teachers and mature students at university.

Students work in groups of 7-10. The tutors are experienced teachers drawn from schools and universities. There are three one-hour teaching sessions each day. Students must attend all these and to do a considerable amount of work on their own between sessions.

On most evenings, after dinner, there is a lecture on some aspect of Greek literature or culture, and on many afternoons there are seminars on a choice of Classical topics.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday are free, with optional excursions and other activities are available. Students are expected to attend the full course, arriving between 4.00 and 6.30 on the first day (Sunday) and leaving after the final meeting on the last Saturday at 10.30 a.m.

Sponsors of the Summer School have provided a fund to give grants to those who cannot afford the full cost of the course. It is hoped that adequate financial assistance can be given to everyone who needs it. While most bursaries will be between £150 and £300, it will normally be possible to give larger sums where these are needed.


Applications for the 2021 Summer School should be submitted online, which will open in mid-January 2021, following the link at the top of this page. Further information about the Summer School and about the bursary scheme can be obtained from the Course Secretary, Cathy Bothwell.

The closing date for applications is 31st March, but earlier application is encouraged. Places will be allocated after 31st March and applicants who are successful will be notified in the second half of April. If the Summer School is oversubscribed, priority will be given to beginners and intermediate students over advanced students.

The Summer School gratefully acknowledges subsidies from the Gilbert Murray Trust, the Oxford Classics Faculty, the Cambridge Classics Faculty, the Jowett Copyright Trust, the Oxford Craven Committee, the Classical Association, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the JACT Greek Project, the Classics Academy, Classics for All and several private benefactors. It is also very grateful to Trinity College, Cambridge for funding an additional tutor.