Ancient Greece has given us a significant linguistic, literary and cultural heritage. Studying ancient Greek language, thought and culture is as valuable as ever. The intellectual culture of Ancient Greece is at the root of European learning. The Greeks invented history, philosophy, political science, physics and theoretical mathematics. Ancient Greek is the language of the New Testament, and the Hebrew Bible was translated into ancient Greek as early as the third century BC.

Areas of study

You will acquire knowledge of ancient Greek language. This gives you access to literary texts, so you can develop an appreciation of ancient Greek literature, philosophy and history. You can complement your study of ancient Greek with Ancient History, Classical Studies and Latin.

You can study Greek in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The Greeks established literary genres which have had a profound influence on European literature. Ancient Greek masterpieces include Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the histories of Herodotus and the dramas of Euripides and Aristophanes. Greek myth and legend is a formative part of the European imagination, and the central stream of European philosophy flows from the thought and writings of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have moved on to careers in journalism, teaching, public relations and human resources.

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