UCL offers a variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in classical literature, culture, and history. We are also proud to offer a wide range of lectures, conferences and theatre at the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world.
The Department of Greek and Latin, in collaboration with the Department of History and the Institute of Archaeology, offers Greek and Latin language and literature; ancient history, art history, and archaeology; philosophy, papyrology, and historical linguistics; reception, film, and intellectual history. Situated in the heart of London, we are at the hub of an unrivalled range of resources for the study of the ancient world, with London’s cultural life on our doorstep.
- About the Department of Greek and Latin
Teaching of Classics began at UCL in 1828, two years after its foundation. At the turn of the century A.E. Housman, poet and scholar, held the Chair of Latin, while more recently T.B.L. Webster, Professor of Greek from 1948 to 1968, made outstanding contributions to classical studies. It was he who supported Michael Ventris' efforts to decipher Linear B. A prime current interest, initiated by Professor Sir Eric Turner and continued under his successors, Herwig Maehler, Cornelia Römer and now Nick Gonis, is the study of fragmentary papyrus texts from Egypt and Herculaneum.
A wide range of classical subjects is offered at UCL. Students can take options in Greek dialects, the history of the Persian empire, classical Roman law, Latin palaeography, post-Aristotelian philosophy, and Bronze Age civilisation in the Aegean within a single degree course. The Department collaborates with the Department of History and the Institute of Archaeology in teaching and research.
In addition to classical subjects, in a broad sense of that term, there are many links in both teaching and research with specialised fields such as Egyptology and Philosophy. Options are rich, and students in the Department are given one-to-one guidance in constructing coherent programmes by personal tutors.
- Classical Subjects at UCL
The study of the Ancient World at UCL is divided between three closely related units: the Institute of Archaeology (30-34 Gordon Square), the Department of Greek & Latin (Gordon House), and the Department of History (23-26 Gordon Square).
As well as the history, archaeology and culture of the Graeco-Roman world, UCL also offers study of the languages, history, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt).
UCL has one of the largest bodies of expertise on the ancient world in the United Kingdom; students have access to staff from the Department of Greek & Latin, the Department of History and the Institute of Archaeology, as well as to staff with related interests in Anthropology, Hebrew & Jewish Studies, the Faculty of Laws, and the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine. Our location (centred around the northwest corner of Gordon Square) means that the we are uniquely well placed in both national and international terms in respect of our facilities for undergraduate study and postgraduate research on the ancient world. All of which makes UCL a natural choice for undergraduate and postgraduate study of the ancient world, or as a place to spend time as a visiting Affiliate student.
- Gender Equality Charter Mark
Addressing gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences, in particular the underrepresentation of women in senior roles.
In the trial round 5 institutions and 17 departments achieved a Bronze Award. Greek and Latin was the only department in UCL to take part.
The ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter and gender equality charter mark merged in May 2015. As a holder of the Gender Equality Charter Mark trial award the Department of Greek and Latin were automatically registered as Athena SWAN charter members and award-holders. The Department of Greek and Latin applied in September 2018 to have the original award renewed and are currently awaiting the results of this application.
- Greek and Latin Green Impact Award
The Department for Greek and Latin won the Gold Award for Green Impact in 2018, improving on our Silver Award in 2017 (our first time taking part), as a recognition of our committment to environmental sustainability. As advocates we are highly motivated and constantly improving and engaging in various activities as well as support UCL's Sustainability Strategy.
We encourage our staff and students to improve our sustainability eliminating waste by switching off equipment, lights and radiators when not in use, recycling, reusing furniture from the reuse network WARPit, purchasing energy efficient appliances and green stationary.
The Christmas Switch Off
Over the holidays, a large amount of lights, appliances and equipment are unnecessarily left on. All of this uses energy, costs money, and generates large amounts of carbon. We can all help to put a stop to this. The Department joins in the annual Christmas Switch Off!
The Department has already begun working towards next year’s award - please contact Alex Balciunas if you would like more information and learn how to get involved.
Simple Steps to Go Green
Small actions really do add up to make a big difference.
Make a pledge to help make our world a better place. Pick from one of the top Do Actions below, or browse more by clicking the ‘pledge’ button above. No need to limit it to one - do as many as you dare!
Going Green Ideas for Printers
- Buy and use recycled paper.
- Save paper by not printing whenever possible. Put a prominent sign up in the office to remind users to print only when necessary.
- Save paper by printing on both sides of a sheet of paper whenever possible.
Going Green Ideas for Computers
- Turn off your computer when not in use.
- Check computer settings for standby mode - if computers are unused for periods of time they should be set to go into standby mode within a short time.
- Keep computer equipment updated; current new computers and monitors are more energy efficient than those more than a few years old.
Going Green Ideas for Lighting
- Turn the lights off in rooms when not in use.
- Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs wherever possible. These use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs while delivering the same light output.
- Do not leave your office lights on overnight.