Michaelmas Term 2020

Spoken Latin Induction Week (MT0)

An introduction to speaking Latin for students with knowledge of the language but with no speaking experience. The introduction will get you up to speed and give you all you need to take part in our standard intermediate and advanced classes, as well as reading classes. The programme consists of three 1-hour sessions, and is open to members and non-members alike free of charge. Priority will be given to those who have registered for our term-time language or reading classes/seminars (please note that if you have applied to our language classes and have indicated that you would like to attend the induction week, you do not need to apply separately). The deadline for applications is 26th September.

Language classes

The aim of these classes is to teach the foundations of the classical languages, help strengthen the students’ active linguistic abilities, and improve their reading and writing fluency. For maximum effect, the classes are conducted fully in Latin/Greek and feature a number of immersive and interactive exercises. Students without prior experience with speaking Latin or Greek are strongly encouraged to attend our ‘Spoken Latin Induction Week’For the beginner and intermediate classes, the textbooks used are Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana for Latin and Athenaze I-II for Greek. Advanced classes will be primarily using authentic Greek and Latin texts. The classes take place twice a week. Each class will have a maximum of 8 students. 

The language classes are free of charge for our members (students and staff of the University of Oxford are eligible to become members for a fee of £15/academic year – please email us at to sign up for membership). Please note that members still have to fill the application form for language classes.

The tuition for non-members is £200 for 8 weeks of classes (16 hours of tuition). We offer a concession of £30 to returning students and £20 for referrals (to both the referred and referring student). There are scholarships available. 

The deadline for applications is 2nd October.

Beginner Latin

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Pre-Intermediate Latin

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Intermediate Latin

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Advanced Latin

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Beginner Greek

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Intermediate Greek

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Reading classes and seminars

Our reading classes and seminars are offered free of charge to anyone, including non-members. With the exception of the Boethius reading group, for which see below, there is no need to register for these classes in advance. You can follow us on Facebook for weekly updates to the programme of our special seminars. Details and links to the classes will be announced closer to the term.

Virgil: Aeneid

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Tuesday, 19:00

We meet weekly with the aim of reading and discussing Virgil’s Aeneid. The class is conducted in Latin.

Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae

Reading and discussion class lead by Guenevera. We are focusing on both language and philosophy. Class size will be limited to 5 participants (and possibly a few more auditors). Please email the tutor directly ( and tell her why you want to join. Ability to already speak and understand Latin required.

Greek reading class

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Special Topics (Lumen Litterarum)

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Advanced Latin text reading and discussion groups. Last year we read parts of works as diverse as Seneca’s De Otio, Cicero’s Laelius De Amicitia, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Augustine’s Confessions. There is also opportunity for others to choose a text and lead a session: if you would be interested in doing this, do not hesitate to get in touch! The classes are conducted in Latin.