Department of Greek & Latin


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!

Beginners’ Latin (online): Sundays, tbc

These classes are open to complete beginners and those with some knowledge of Latin but little experience of speaking Latin. We shall work our way through Ørberg’s Familia Romana and engage in interactive activities to immerse you in Latin.

Contact: Atticus

Intermediate Latin reading group (online): Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5.30–6.30 p.m.

We shall be reading and discussing 'Fabulae' based on Aesop's fables, ranging from those written by Phaedrus in the ancient world to those by neo-Latin authors Faerno and Fenelon. We shall aim to explain the Latin in Latin(!) and discuss the moral content of the stories, while also ensuring we have time for some general chat not only to improve our Living Latin, but also to meet some wonderful people!

In term 2, the class will meet online on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. UK time.

Contact: Calendula

Speaking Latin (in-person): Fridays, once a month, 5 p.m.

The nature of these sessions will be conversational and topical. We will read and discuss short texts, view and interpret images, sing songs (all in Latin), and do whatever else might help you to engage with the language in a more spontaneous way than you would do in conventional learning settings. This will help you to become more confident and fluent in reading Latin. The sessions are suitable for all levels but it is advisable to have some previous knowledge of Latin. Individual learning requirements or preferences can be discussed (please use the contact below). This is a good opportunity to meet people from a range of backgrounds who all share an interest or even a passion for Latin. All welcome!

Contact: Elisabetha


Speaking Greek (online): Wednesdays, 5.30–7 p.m.

After having covered the Aléxandros and twice over the Athénaze, this group will now engage in Classical Greek conversation at an intermediate level, working directly from one of the plays of Aristophanes. Even if you have never spoken Classical Greek before, if you have covered the basics of Classical Greek morphology and syntax, and have some average vocabulary, you are most welcome to give it a go and come to our sessions to experience full aural/oral immersion in Classical Greek. We are currently meeting online.

Contact: Ἄϊτος