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THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, Latin and Ancient Greek, have a long tradition at Swedish universities. They are the cornerstones of modern Western culture and have influenced our thinking as well as our forms of linguistic and literary expression. Our science and philosophy are largely based on Greek and Roman culture. To study these languages is to go on a linguistic, literary and cultural journey through the millennia, from antiquity to the present day. We cannot understand our society without knowledge of the classical heritage.

Many of the works you will read during your studies are widely regarded as unparalleled in the Western literary tradition. You will initially study grammar and word formation, but also the texts’ historical and literary context, as well as the cultural and literary history of antiquity.

In the field of Greek, you will study the histories of Herodotus, the orations of Lysias, the ever-relevant playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, selected parts of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Plato’s philosophical writings, poets such as Sappho and Alcaeus, as well as the New Testament. In the field of Latin, you will read the histories of Caesar and Livy, the orations of Cicero, and poetry by Catullus, Vergil, Horace and Ovid. In addition, you will read medieval texts written by, for example, Hildegard of Bingen and Saint Bridget, as well as verses from the Carmina Burana.

Entry requirements 

General entry requirements.

Labour market 

Knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin is, in many cases, necessary in order to gain advanced knowledge in subjects such as history, history of ideas, philosophy, literature, linguistics, art history, political science and archaeology. Classical languages are thus a great asset to anyone pursuing an education in the humanities, particularly teachers and researchers of languages and the humanities, as well as culture workers and journalists. Many students of classical languages continue working as teachers and researchers in the field.

Degree 

In order to receive a degree in Greek, you should take individual courses in Greek worth at least 120 higher education credits (including a degree project worth 15 credits), together with courses in other subjects worth 60 credits.

In order to receive a degree in Latin, you should take individual courses in Latin worth at least 120 higher education credits (including a degree project worth 15 credits), together with courses in other subjects worth 60 credits.

You can also earn a degree in these subjects by completing the following programmes:

Contact 

www.su.se/romklass  
amanuens@klassiska.su.se