Department of Classics and Archaeology

Learning ancient languages

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Learning Latin and Greek doesn't just allow you to read classical texts. Languages offer a special access to cultures and identities of the past. 

Who can study an ancient language? 

Language modules are available for all students at Nottingham who take degrees with a Classics or Ancient History component. It doesn't matter what your linguistic abilities are, or what previous experience you have.

You can take either or both Latin and Greek at beginners, intermediate or advanced level.

Beginners' level

The beginners’ stream is taught intensively, so that a good standard is achieved during your time at university. You will start with learning about nouns and end up reading entire texts!

Intermediate level

The intermediate level module is for those who have taken the Year 1 for Beginners or have already done some classical language learning at school.

Advanced level

The advanced level module is for those who have progressed from intermediate or have done an A-level in the subject. The advanced module in particular integrates language learning with the study of literature, history and culture of the ancient world. We aim for a balance between prose and verse and for a wide range of different genres, periods and styles of Latin and Greek.

The student view 

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Chloë Choong, third-year Classics BA - taking both Latin and Greek

I see learning ancient languages like a puzzle, and I think that helps with problem solving. I have better initiative now, because I know how something fits in Latin and Greek and that can transfer to the everyday.

Read more about Chloë's experience



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