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Do you love Latin? Are you a fan of Roman literature? Would you like to further your mastery of the language by studying original texts as well as the artefacts, ideas and past-deeds of ancient Rome? If so, then this course is for you.

You will have already studied classical Latin to A-level standard and are now looking to hone your expertise in the language and literature of ancient Rome. As one of only five universities in the UK to offer this course, studying at Royal Holloway will enable you to delve into a wide range of non-linguistic subjects too, including: classical archaeology and ancient philosophy as well as ancient history and classical literature in translation.

With half your time devoted to studying and reading Latin texts in the original, this course is designed to develop your Latin language skills beyond your advanced level. Over three years you’ll become a specialist in both the language and literature of the ancient Romans with the opportunity to add Greek into your skillset too. The remainder of your time will be spent studying subjects available to Classics and Classical Studies students to broaden your horizons into Roman politics, economics and gender issues.

As a student of Greek you will be part of our Classics Department, where the quality of research that informs our teaching and a friendly, individual approach which shapes the way we guide our students combine to create an unbeaten academic experience.

Programme structure

Year 1

Greek Literature
Roman Literature of the Republic
Individual and Community
Greek History and the City State
Key Themes in Roman History
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Beginners’ Latin
Intermediate Latin
Latin Language and Reading
Intensive Latin
Latin Prose Composition
Latin Verse Composition
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Year 2

The Built Environment in Classical Antiquity
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Gender in Classical Antiquity
Greek History to 322 BC
Greek Law and Lawcourts
Augustus – Propaganda and Power
The Roman Republic – A Social and Economic History
The Rise of the Roman Empire – An Economic and Social History
Homer (in Translation)
Virgil (In Translation)
Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Art and Power in Augustan Rome
Virgil’s Aeneid – The Empire in the Literary Imagination
Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture
Catullus and Horace
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
The Roman Empire from Augustus to Commodus
The Later Roman Empire

Year 3

Greek Erotic Poetry (in Greek)
Hadrian’s Wall
Archaeology of Athens and Attica
Roman Oratory
Gender in Classical antiquity
Alexander the Great
Greek Law and Lawcourts
Roman Army
The City From Augustus to Charlemagne
Religion and the Ancient Greeks
Greek Lyric, Eros and Social Order
Tacitus – The Making of History
The Philosophy of Aristotle
Philosophy under the Roman Empire
Further Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture
Advanced Latin
Christians and Pagans from Constantine to Augustine, 306 to 430 AD

Career opportunities

This degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.

Specifically, studying Latin takes discipline and application, develops analytical and verbal reasoning skills and promotes both the expansion and use of a rich and varied vocabulary.

Being able to understand and process complex issues, to critically evaluate resources and construct coherent arguments both verbally and in writing is why many Royal Holloway classicists become employed in law, marketing, publishing, the media, government and finance. Employers like Channel 4, multinational law firm SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), accountancy firm KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces have all recently recruited Royal Holloway alumni from the Department of Classics.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States