Summer Study: Classical, Medieval and Near Eastern Institute

Notre Dame's summer language courses are for motivated undergraduates and graduate students. Our courses give students the opportunity to study the ancient languages necessary to understanding Greek and Roman, Judaic, Early Christian, Medieval and Byzantine civilizations. Students may study a language while taking additional courses in history or theology.

Our campus is comfortable and serene during the summer. On-campus housing and food service are convenient, readily available, and comparatively inexpensive. In addition, Notre Dame’s Library has special strengths in Biblical Studies, Early Christian Literature, Medieval Studies, and Byzantine Studies. 

See the full list of course times and offerings.

Classics Summer Pc




CLLA 10001/60001 01
Instructor: Adam Wyatt
MTWRF 1:00-3:45


CLLA 10002/60002 01
Instructor: Maggie Ryland
MTWRF 9:00-12:00

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Romans for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Latin texts. An appreciation for ancient Roman culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.


CLLA 20103/60103 01
Instructor: Jack Oster
MTWRF 8:15-10:15

This course builds on the work of Beginning Latin I and II. It combines a review of grammar with careful reading of classical Latin authors such as Cornelius Nepos and Ovid. The course improves students' translating skills, introduces methods for studying Latin literature in its historical and cultural contexts, and prepares students for more advanced work in the sophisticated literature of the ancient Romans.

Latin Texts in History: textual transmission, textual criticism and editing

CLLA 30071/60071
Instructor: Hildegund Müller
MTWR 4:00-5:40pm

How have ancient books been preserved, and what did it take to make them accessible in modern editions? In this course, we will discuss all aspects of the material and intellectual process that links ancient literature to modern scholarship. Books were written on papyrus and copied onto parchment or paper multiple times until the arrival of the printing press. Over the time, the ancient texts themselves changed: they were rewritten and reread, or simply copied with errors.

We will then look into the many facets of the process that endeavors to recover the original text: manuscript studies, philology, textual criticism and editorial techniques. We will address both traditional editions and new forms, such as various forms of online editions, as well as tools for the editor. Coursework will include many practical exercises; finally, we will work towards a “real” edition of a short Latin text.

The course is suitable for students with intermediate or advanced Latin knowledge. No prior knowledge of paleography or codicology is necessary. Students will be offered an overview of the textual history of classical texts, as well as  practical knowledge and practical experience in textual criticism and editing.

Ovid's Medieval Metamorphoses

CLLA 30109/60109 01
Instructor: David Gura
MTWR 10:30-12:10

Ovid’s Metamorphoses enjoyed a wide circulation from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, and the poem’s influence on later Latin poets such as Claudian and Ausonius as well as vernacular authors like Chrétien de Troyes, Dante, John Gower, Petrarch, and Chaucer remains unparalleled. This course will focus on the ways the Metamorphoses was read over time spanning its literal, allegorical, historical, and moral interpretations. A survey of major Ovidian expositors and commentators such as Ps-Lactantius, Arnulf of Orléans, the “Vulgate” Commentator, John of Garland, Giovanni del Virgilio, and Pierre Bersuire will illustrate the poem’s movement throughout different contexts and milieus. We will read selections of the Metamorphoses together with medieval texts to understand the exegetical workings of paratextual genres such as glosulae, tituli, allegoriae, integumenta, and prose paraphrases. This course also has a material culture component where students will work with manuscripts and early printed books which transmit Ovidian paratexts to further appreciate the utilitarian traditions of the objects in tandem with the texts used to explicate perhaps the most stylistically innovative Roman poem ever written. Recommended for students who have completed intermediate Latin. 

Ancient Greek 

Beginning Greek I

CLGR 10001/60001 01
Instructor: Theresa Crnkovich
MTWRF 9:00-12:00

Beginning Greek II

CLGR 10002/60002 01
Instructor: Hannah Resnick
MTWRF 9:00-12:00

This two-semester sequence of courses introduces students to the language of the ancient Greeks for the first time. It emphasizes the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar and vocabulary, and prepares students to read original Greek texts. An appreciation for ancient Greek culture is also fostered through secondary readings and class discussion.

Patristic and Byzantine Greek

CLGR 30199/60199 01
Instructor: Nick Churik
MTWR 2:00-3:40 (Fully Online)

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts composed in different historical and geographical contexts and encompassing a variety of genres (including historiography, hagiography, mystical literature, and poetry). In this course, students will encounter the writings of John of Damascus, the nun Kassia, St. Basil the Younger's hagiographer Gregory, Symeon the New Theologian, Michael Psellos, and Anna Komnene. Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography. Prerequisite: At least three semesters of classical or Koine Greek.

Other Languages

Introduction to Old Armenian

CLAR 10000/60000
Instructor: Jesse Arlen
MTR 4:00-6:00pm (Fully Online)
May 31-July 7, 2022

This course will introduce students to Old (or “Classical”) Armenian, the literary form of the language from the fifth to the nineteenth century, and the liturgical language of the Armenian Orthodox Church today. An Indo-European language, Armenian is distantly related to Greek, Latin, English, and other western languages. It has a vast library of literature comprised of original compositions as well as translations from Greek, Syriac, Latin, and Arabic, among others. Some ancient texts, like certain works of Philo, Irenaeus, and Eusebius, survive only in Armenian translation. Other original compositions, like the prayer book of Gregory of Narek, are masterpieces of world literature. Students will learn the Armenian alphabet, basic grammar, and vocabulary, and will read simple prose narratives, while also gaining an appreciation for the culture and tradition of one of the ancient Christian peoples of the East. The course will be of interest to students in classics, medieval/byzantine/near eastern studies, biblical studies, theology, and liturgy.

Introduction to Coptic

CLCO 10000/60000
Instructor: Hany Takla
MTWR 6:00-8:00pm (Fully Online)
May 31-July 7, 2022

This course introduces students to the basic grammar and vocabulary of Coptic, the final descendant of ancient Egyptian. Coptic is important for any who are interested in, among other things, early translations of the Bible, monasticism, early Christianity, liturgy, hagiography, homilies, "Gnosticism" (Nag Hammadi), and Manichaeism. This introduction will be focused on the two best attested Coptic dialects, Sahidic and Bohairic. The course is designed to enable students who have no previous training in Coptic to read simple to moderately difficult texts. A Coptic reading course will follow in the next semester. This course satisfies language requirements for certain programs; please check with your academic advisor.

Classical/Qur'anic Arabic II

MEAR 40028/60028
Instructor: Catherine Bronson
MTWR 10:30am-12:10pm (Fully Online)
June 13-July 22, 2022

The goal of this course is to continue to develop a basic knowledge of the Classical/Qur'anic Arabic, with an emphasis on an overview of grammar and syntax, vocabulary acquisition, and serial readings of Islamic texts. We will read selections from Qur'an, Qur'anic exegeses, hadith (Prophetic tradition), and other related material, such as Islamic legal texts. We will learn how to use Arabic/Islamic bibliographical references (in print and online). One year of Arabic recommended.