Following the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek became the language of trade and commerce throughout the Mediterranean and the Near and Middle East. While the language of the educated Hellenes was Attic-Ionic, the Greek that now developed through the contact with other cultures looked different in many respects of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. ‘Hellenistic Greek’, also called 'Koine', is usually thought to have developed between 300BCE and 300CE.
Among the best known and most influential collections of literary documents from this era and in this language are the writings collected in the New Testament and other early Christian writings.
The following modules introduce students to the study of Ancient and Hellenistic Greek and its cultural and religious background.
- RT 3201 Hellenistic Greek I
- RT 3202 Hellenistic Greek II
- RT 3204 The Gospel of Matthew in Greek
- RT 3322 Peter and Paul in Greek
Note: Instead of RT 3201 and 3202, Students in the School of History and Archaeology can also choose HS 3423 Reading Greek I and HS 3324 Reading Greek II, and as a follow-on HS 3345 and 3346 Greek Historical Texts.