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The Pegasus Project (Pegasus) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers Classics courses to students without access to instructors in Latin or Ancient Greek. Founded by students from Columbia University in 2012, Pegasus now offers virtual tutorials and provides in-person, after-school programming.

What is the mission of Pegasus

Pegasus is built on principles of equity and inclusion. For us, equity means getting to read languages like Latin and Ancient Greek, and inclusion means getting to put the Romans and Greeks' literature in the broadest possible context. At K-12 public and charter schools, Pegasus uplifts learning through strategic partnerships that offer students expert instruction in the Classics. Just as the flying-horse was a mythical creature that crossed the currencies of the Ancient Mediterranean World, Pegasus invites students to make Classics matter to their world, too. As students delve into the Humanities, they may just find the past is more present than they think…

Who teaches Pegasus

Pegasus is taught by alumni of some of the best Classics Departments in the world. Members of our faculty have also taught at several leading college preparatory schools. The competitive hiring process ensures that all instructors are expert in their knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek, and instructors are additionally trained in the most effective pedagogies for language acquisition.

How does Pegasus work? 

Pegasus works with individuals and institutions through its virtual tutorials and in-person classes. As for in-person classes, we tend to work with public and charter schools in whatever capacity we can: we have taught during schooldays and after school, once a week on Fridays and multiple times each week! Understanding the nature of partners’ scheduling constraints can also allow us to supplement in-person programming through virtual coursework. As for virtual tutorials, prospective students should navigate to “Contact” to inquire about the Heroes Club.

What does Pegasus teach?

Pegasus is the only program of its kind in New York City, and through the Heroes Club, students from all over the United States are able to learn Latin and Ancient Greek. Thanks to generous benefactors, the only cost of joining the Heroes Club is that of the textbooks and related learning materials. Tutorials currently offered are outlined below:

Upper School (Grades 9 - 12) 

Greek 100 (regular)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Greek: An Intensive Course and Pegasus: Greek Glyphs

Greek 200 (regular)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Cambridge JACT, Greek: An Intensive Course, and Pegasus: Greek Glyphs

Latin 100 (regular)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Wheelock's Latin and Pegasus: Latin Letters

Latin 150 (advanced)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Wheelock's Latin and Pegasus: Latin Letters

Latin 200 (regular)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Wheelock's Latin and Pegasus: Latin Letters

Latin 250 (advanced)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Wheelock's Latin and Pegasus: Latin Letters

Lower School (Grades 4 - 8) 

Athena (advanced) 

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Minimus, Minimus Secundus, and Pegasus: Gods and Goddesses

Zeus (regular)

  • Parameters: 30 weeks

  • Textbook: Minimus and Minimus Secundus

*Administrators: If your school does not currently offer Pegasus, but your students are interested in learning Classics, please click on "Contact" in the navigation bar above. We are also actively expanding virtual partnerships.

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