Ancient Languages and Culture

Ancient Languages and Culture can be studied by any student presently registered and enrolled at the University. To begin the studies it is essential to acquire a sufficient knowledge of Latin/Greek. If such language skills have not been acquired in high school, for example, elementary and advanced language courses are continually provided in both languages. An elementary course in Latin is sometimes offered by the Summer University as well. Besides English, other languages which may be of use when studying Latin are Swedish, German, French and Italian. As there is a limited amount of contact teaching, prospective students should be motivated and capable of independent work.

Both lines of study (Latin language and Roman literature, Ancient Greek and Greek literature) are open to all students only as a subsidiary (minor) subject, and students can choose either one of the study lines or both. Ancient Languages and Cultures examines the Greek and Roman culture of the Mediterranean, the Latin and Greek languages, and utilizes original sources in Latin and Greek. The goal of programme is to utilize historical linguistics in order to familiarize the students with Greco-Roman culture as well as its influence on modern cultures and languages.

Ancient Languages and Culture is an especially suitable minor subject for students of history and archaeology, but it is also suitable for students of languages, arts and culture and other students also because of its general nature.

The programme enables students to qualify as Latin teachers. It is also beneficial for those who plan to become researchers or teachers and for those who plan to work in positions that require an education in the Humanities (e.g. with modern languages, history, art history and literature, libraries and museums, education services and public relations).

Study guidance is offered by Timo Sironen, the University Lecturer of Ancient Languages and Culture, tel: +358 29 448 3310, timo.sironen(a)oulu.fi.

Last updated: 10.10.2013