Registration for summer schools is open!

Applications for online Summer Schools are now open! Two weeks of spoken Latin & Greek taught by our most experienced tutors. A great opportunity to learn or level up your classical languages in a small-class (no more than 4 students per 1 tutor) environment....

Note on language classes

Thank you all for the incredible wave of interest in our classes! To ensure the best quality for everyone, we are capping our current language classes at 8 and thus have to temporarily stop accepting new students for our language classes (our reading classes remain...

Trinity Term Classes are on!

Here we are, back to a new term. We hope that you are all well and ready to start again, wherever you are. We are pleased to announce that our classes will continue online, starting today, via Zoom. We have decided to increase our offering of language classes for beginners (tirones) and intermediate students (provectiores) to offer even more language support, and to introduce a new 'intermediate reading class', designed to help build up reading fluency (and featuring, among others, texts from the T&C Mods syllabus!).

Latinitas at Jesus College

This piece was written for Jesus College by Dr. Melinda Letts, Classics Tutor at Jesus College and Harris Manchester College, and Oxford Latinitas Project Senior Member Over the past few decades Latin has gone from being a subject routinely taught in British schools...

Varro’s History of Philosophy in Academica 1

In this post, I have condensed ‘Varro’s’ narrative of the history of philosophy from Academica I into outline form. I give the outline in Latin (sometimes lightly simplified, but quoting Cicero himself as much as possible), because it seems more...

New Series: Cicero Philosophy Project

This series of posts on Cicero’s philosophy will feature the observations and reflections of a few postgraduate researchers from Oxford and LMU who have embarked on a project of reading through all of Cicero’s philosophical works. These posts are not intended to be...

Obliti non sunt Oxonii loqui lingua Latina

Vide versionem Anglicam huius lucubratiunculae This past Saturday, 16 February, the halls and classrooms of St John’s College resounded with the pristine language of the Romans, which was used for centuries in the University of Oxford to instruct students in letters,...

Obliti non sunt Oxonii loqui lingua Latina

See the Latin version of this post Praeterito Saturni die, decimo sexto scilicet mensis Februarii, resonuit Oxonii, in conclavibus Collegii Sancti Ioannis, pristina Romanorum lingua, qua quidem per saecula, hac ipsa vetustissima et praestantissima in studiorum...

Dies Latinitatis

  We are delighted to invite everyone interested in the practice of spoken Latin to the study day Dies Latinitatis, which will be held at Saint John’s College, Oxford on Saturday February 16, from 12:30am to 6:30pm. The aim of the day is to develop fluency...

Humaniora Studia – De horum commentariorum fine

Ut pauca de fine horum commentariorum aperiam, praestabit antea narrare quo modo istud  consilium nobis animo subierit . Quemadmodum pleraque nostrae Societatis incepta, et hoc gradatim inter amicorum conversationes ortum ac provectum est. Etenim post anni praeteriti...

The Oxford Latinitas Project is a society founded by members of the University of Oxford in order to cultivate a humanistic approach to the study of the litterae humaniores, liberal arts, and ancient languages. We are students and academics who not only research ancient, medieval, and Renaissance approaches to the study of the humanities, but also recreate the practices by which these arts and ideas were taught.

The aims of the Oxford Latinitas Project are thus simultaneously academic research and real-world pedagogical praxis. Firstly, we believe that, wherever possible, embodying and enacting the material we are studying yields immense benefits for our research (just as, for example, producing a Shakespeare play reveals things that simply reading the text does not). Secondly, the ancient methodologies we are retrieving afford approaches to the humanities that are conducive to human flourishing and the public good.

Following the spirit and methods of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance schools from Cicero and Cassiodorus through Alcuin to Erasmus and beyond, we offer a number of weekly language classes and literature seminars open to the public in which we read, speak, and write in the ancient tongues, spend more time with ancient texts than secondary literature, and debate questions that matter in a spirit of friendship. This website serves not only to promote this vision of learning at Oxford, but also as a locus communis for the collaborative output of our wider network.

“I truly think that this project is the future of teaching Latin & Greek. It made my stay in Oxford memorable & enjoyable, & now, after Septimana, I feel that my Latin improved greatly!”

Sneha

Oxford MPhil in Linguistics

“…the level of teaching, the enthusiasm of your fellow students, and love for humanity and antiquity is truly incredible.”

Jack

Oxford BA in Classics & Oriental Studies