Latin is one of the oldest languages in the western world, and many modern European languages such as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English share their origins with this ancient language.
Studying Latin gives you an in-depth look at Ancient Rome, whose politics and culture have influenced the systems we use in the modern world today.
- Learn about the history and culture of Ancient Rome through its original language, epic poetry, letters, satire, and drama.
- Access to the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities which contains artefacts, including inscriptions, of direct relevance to the literary world of the Romans.
- Study courses at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre campus, with free transportation available between campuses.
There are two beginner’s courses in Latin for first year, including reading Latin and grammar:
These courses are also available by Distance.
200 and 300-level courses
Advanced Latin courses gives you the ability to examine literary works and documents from Ancient Rome in their original language, such as Roman satire, poetry, and drama, from writers such as Cicero, Pliny the Younger, Vergil, Horace, and Petronius.
You can develop your own particular interests based on these and other authors and can embark on supervised research projects.
As well as research and conservation work on Rome and the Ancient Mediterranean culture and artefacts, having advanced knowledge of Latin can be of use in industries such as government, law, medicine, and a variety of science fields.
Some career pathways could include:
- Museums and galleries
- Publishing or editing
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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