Carmenta Tutor Profile: Kostas P.
Kostas P., M.A.
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- Latin - Formal graduate education; all levels
- Ancient Greek - Formal graduate education; all levels
- Modern Greek - Near fluent speaker; formal personal experience; all levels
- Italian - Advanced speaker; formal collegiate education; all levels
- Spanish - Advanced speaker; formal high school education, informal personal experience; through intermediate
- Romance Linguistics & Etymology - Informal personal experience; all levels
- Classical & World Mythologies - Formal primary & secondary education; basic
- History of the Roman Republic - Formal collegiate education; basic
- Music Technology - Formal high school education, formal professional experience; all levels
Kostas has an M.A. in Classical Studies from Villanova University and a B.A. cum laude in Classical Studies, also from Villanova. The majority of his post-secondary education was concentrated in classical and modern languages.
Years Worked As Teacher/Tutor
Standardized Tests Taken
SAT: Total 1080 (Last taken 1998)
SAT2 Latin: 800 (Last taken 1999)
Prefers college age or adult, but is open to all ages.
Kostas began studying Latin as a freshman in high school and was immediately captivated by its rich history, elegance of style, and plentiful vocabulary, among other things. He went on to attend Villanova University, where he majored in Classics, studying under a stable of premier scholars (including the world's foremost authority on a particular work of Late Latin literature). While there he also studied a number of other Romance languages, including Italian, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek, and even Arabic. He then pursued (and ultimately obtained) a Masters in Classics there. This led directly into a teaching career at Villanova, where he had the distinct privilege of working with some of the same people who had previously been his instructors.
Kostas' main areas of expertise are Indo-European/Romance Linguistics and Etymology, Late and Medieval Latin, and Vulgar Latin. Other areas of interest include the History of the Roman Republic, Ancient Greek Lyric Poetry, Old Greek and Roman Comedy, and Latin Epigraphy.
He is excited to bring all he's learned and experienced in his career to Carmenta and hopes to spread the joy of the Classics to all his students.
- In the field of academics, I have been privileged enough to have worked with wonderful teachers who conveyed the passion for their subject in such a way as to inspire me to follow in their footsteps. This was begun with my study of Latin in high school all the way through to earning my M.A. Being able to pass on their legacy is a reward unto itself.
- On the more tangible side of things, I am proud of the numerous honors and awards I received as a student, chief among them the Howard A. Grelis, O.S.A. Award for Outstanding Educator and Classical Scholar at Villanova University, and my induction into Phi Kappa Phi, one of the most prestigious honors societies in the country.
- I am also proud of the accomplishments I've achieved in the field of music. As a composer/producer/recording artist, I've written, recorded, and commercially released numerous studio albums of original material in a wide range of genres, as well as over 45 other original compositions, many of which have also been commercially released on various record labels. As a remixer I have worked on over 200 songs for numerous artists all over the world; more than two dozen of these have been commercially released on various record labels and over half a dozen have charted on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play. This allowed me to found my own music publishing and production company, Kopos Music, of which I am the president and CEO. For these accomplishments I received a feature in the 2010 edition of Who's Who in America.
- There is, however, no more noteworthy accomplishment in life than having a positive effect on all those with whom you may come into contact, whether through helping, instructing, befriending, or guiding. For this we are blessed by God, as I consider myself to be.
My Experience With Carmenta
Teaching with Carmenta has been a liberating experience. No longer is a Classics education confined by the restrictions of space and time, but free to reach all corners of the world for all who desire it. The benefits of such an education are obvious, as those who under different circumstances may be unable to take these classes can now do so with little or no inconvenience. As a result, the students are of the highest quality, and that is reflected in the sessions. I have found the ethos and methodologies of the school to be very much in line with my own, which has only served to assist me in my transition from having taught strictly in a university setting. Furthermore, I know of no other place where such a distinguished faculty is so accessible to its students.
Carmenta is a true example of on-demand learning. This is the future of education, and I am both excited and privileged to be a part of it.
One of the problems with a standard Latin grammar text book is that even after several semesters you still might not be able to say an intelligible sentence that pertains to everyday life. The conversation class provides the vocabulary to help with that.
In a class with really no basic format or structure, Kostas provides a consistent routine for learning new words and phrases. We start class by going over standard greetings, then progress to drilling on new words and words covered in previous sesssions. The constant repetitive drilling method is the best way to commit the words to memory. Trying to memorize words from a list on my own has always been hit or miss. The repetitive drilling in class works very well. The Carmenta pictoral vocabulary charts are also a great help.
Electrical Contractor, Public Utilities
Verona, IL, USA
Kostas is a great instructor and always makes speaking Latin fun. In my previous Latin classes I had never spoken beyond reading written things out loud, so it is different and interesting to be forced to come up with words without seeing them on the page.
Dallas, TX, USA
Our study of vocabulary under Kostas is extremely thorough.
Pleasanton, CA, USA
This course primarily assists me in learning relevant Latin vocabulary. The chat sessions [with Kostas] are valuable as they promote quicker composition and reading — steps toward fluency. The drilling of the words is also helpful as I might not have the time to do so otherwise.
Roseville, CA, USA
[Kostas] does a great job helping the students remember the vocabulary, especially with thorough vocabulary drills.
Pleasanton, CA, USA
Eastern (North America)
Preferred Method of Contact With Students
Via email or phone
Blog Articles by Kostas P., M.A.
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part VII: Defective Degree Adjectives (05/02/2017)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part VI: Defective case nouns (12/06/2016)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part V: Singular-only and plural-only nouns (11/15/2016)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part IV: Nouns of variable meaning according to number (11/01/2016)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part III: Heterogeneous Nouns (10/18/2016)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part II: Feminine and Neuter -us Nouns of the Second Declension (10/11/2016)
- Studies in Latin Morphology, Part I: Alternate dative and ablative plural endings of the first declension (06/28/2016)
- Say What?: A look at some of the many ways to say "say" in Ancient Greek (05/20/2016)
- You Don’t Say: A look at some of the many ways to say "say" in Latin (04/22/2016)
- There’s an Ancient Greek God for That! (02/09/2016)
- A-Caroling We Will Go: Rome & the History of the Christmas Carol (12/24/2015)
- Food, Fun, and Festival: Roman Gastronomy in Celebratory Occasions (11/27/2015)
- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Claudius: Thoughts on the Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii (11/03/2015)