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Living Latin and Greek Society

How about trying out an exciting way of learning or improving Latin or Greek? Living Latin and Greek is all about enjoying ancient languages by speaking them – or trying to!

SALVETE! XAIPETE! Lingua Latina et Graeca omnibus sunt. Discipuli, emeriti, magistri, operarii, professores, studiosi sumus, prorsus: homines omnis generis, sed omnes hanc in societatem convenimus, ubi nos linguis et Latinae et Graecae loquendis damus. Omnes, sive linguae Latinae et Graecae iam experti sive minus, vos societatem nostram adiungere invitati estis. Exspectate bonos ludos, comitatem apud socios, studii gaudium!

Welcome to Living Latin and Greek. Whether you want to begin learning Latin and Classical Greek, or you know the ancient languages well, in our classes your fluency will soar as you learn to speak the languages, have great fun and meet lots of like-minded Latinists and Hellenists. Our classes are free and open to all, including students from other universities and non-students, so why not give it a try?

Who we are

We are a group of students, researchers and language enthusiasts seeking to cultivate the active use of Latin and Ancient Greek. Established in 2017 following the success of the first UCL Living Latin Workshop, led by Dr Emily Chow-Kambitsch, UCL Living Latin and Greek provides a space to learn and practise speaking Latin and Ancient Greek.

What we do

We offer free Living Latin classes to complete beginners, and intermediate and advanced students of Latin, while our Spoken Greek class is aimed at those who have a good knowledge of Classical Greek but may not have any experience speaking it. In addition to our weekly classes, we organise seminars, which offer an opportunity for us to deeply engage with Latin authors as we discuss their literature in Latin, and our annual two-day Living Latin Workshop in the summer. We are open to everyone, including students of other universities and non-students alike. Many of our students, and indeed a couple of our tutors, are not classicists, but we are all enthusiastic Latinists and Hellenists.

For details on specific classes, please refer to the fold-out sections below. All our classes this year will take place online. Each week we shall send you a link to join the session, so if you are interested in any of our classes, please contact the teacher(s) of the class(es) indicating which class you would like to join and that you would like to be added to our mailing list.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ucllivinglatin@gmail.com. You can also find us on twitter @UCLlivinglatin, and online here.

Why we do it

We know from research on second-language acquisition and experience that actively engaging with and immersing ourselves in Latin and Greek, just as we do with modern foreign languages, will enable us to develop a greater mastery over the ancient languages as well as the ability to read, not just translate, Latin and Greek literature with much greater ease.

Equipped with a greater fluency, we are able to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the literature as we gain an intuition of the function of the language and as we discuss the texts in the very languages in which they were written. 

We are a community of like-minded people who all share an interest in Latin and Greek, and, whether that be for academic reasons, or to access the wealth of ancient and later literature, or because we simply find enjoyment in learning a language, we have a lot of fun speaking Latin and Greek in the friendly company of each other.

Come and join us!

Reading Latin – Mondays 10-11 am

Cum primum discipuli linguam Latinam discunt, textus veros Latinos legere volunt. Haec schola, quae se lectioni florilegii Latinitatis dedit, hoc desiderium sequitur. Bene cum schola media convenit, sed paulum scientiae linguae Latinae habere necesse est. 

Focusing on improving students’ fluency in reading through a range of lightly-adapted original texts, this class is the ideal counterpart of the Familia Romana class. Students should have a basic grasp of Latin morphology and syntax, about which you will learn a lot more during our classes, as well as joining in discussions about the interpretation of the texts and the broader aspects of Roman culture and history.

Beginners' Latin – Mondays 12-1 pm

Schola tironum illis, qui numquam aut breve linguam Latinam didicerunt, imprimis patet. Hic discetis de verbis grammaticaque linguae Latinae ab initio. O quam leviter discis cum linguam Latinam vivas.

These classes are open to Latinists of all levels, even those without any experience of the language. We’ll start with the basics as you join us to learn Latin in Latin!

Contact: Triumviri, Abhilassus, Atticus, Matthaeus

School of Rhetoric – Mondays, 6-7 pm

Want to learn rhetoric like the Romans? If so, this could be the class for you! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to express yourself creatively in Latin as you engage in formal rhetorical exercises or Progymnasmata under the tutelage of Edmundus.

Running late January to March as a joint project of OLP and UCL Living Latin, this class is designed to help intermediate speakers of Latin grow into advanced practitioners. It is not necessary to have any experience of rhetoric or to attend every class.

Contact: Edmundus

Holberg reading group – Tuesdays, 5.30-6.30 pm

Venite nobiscum ut legamus Ludvig Holbergis Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum! Hae scholae sunt destinatae omnibus Latineloquentibus qui volunt et hunc textum jucundum legere et facultates linguae Latinae exercere. Singulis diebus  Jovis, horá 18:00, conveniemus in Zoom.

In these classes we’ll read through Ludvig Holberg’s Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum, an 18th- century satirical sci-fi novel poking fun at contemporary society under the guise of describing a utopian world within the Underworld. We won’t just be reading though, as we’ll also discuss the Latin text in Latin! Although you will need knowledge of Latin, you will certainly not need extensive speaking experience.

Contact: Calendula

Intermediate Latin – Tuesdays, 6-7 pm

Salvete! Omnes ad scholam invitati estis, sed haec schola imprimis est illis, qui verborum grammaticaeque linguae Latinae iam experti sunt neque artis Latine loquendi. Si scholae adesse vultis, has res habere necesse est: exemplar libri Familiae Romanae (scripti a Hans Ørberg), computatorium cum accessu interretis et microphono, studium (hoc est voluptas discendi).

Welcome to the Living Latin intermediate class. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to have any previous experience of speaking Latin to attend this class. Please bring along your own copy of Hans Ørberg's book Familia Romana. Lingua Latina per se illustrata (Pars prima) and read chapters 1-18 if you can. Since our classes will be online, a stable internet connection and a place where you can concentrate and switch on your microphone in order to participate would be useful as well. We look forward to seeing you!

Contact: Valentinus and Elisabetha

Intermediate Greek – Wednesdays, 5.30-7 pm

Targeted at students with some experience of Greek, this term these classes will provide you with a fully immersive experience of Classical Greek conversation centred around the reading material in Athenaze 1 & 2, as well as a chance to revise your Greek grammar.

Contact: Avitus