Overview. From its earliest
beginnings to the modern period, Greek has been in continuous
use for over 3,000 years. Ancient Greek was a member of
the large family of Indo-European languages, all descended
from a common ancestral tongue (now lost) spoken by the
peoples of the prehistoric Eurasian continent.
The focus of this course and all other such courses is
Attic Greek, which was the dialect used in and around Athens
during the classical period (roughly the fifth and fourth
centuries BCE). Other dialects included Doric and Aeolic.
Though vestiges survive today, ancient Greek is technically
a dead languagealthough thanks to the efforts of students
like you, it flourishes as best it can.