Greek and Latin – University of Copenhagen

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Ancient Greek (BA and MA programmes): The study of Greek language and literature up to the end of the medieval period (1453 AD) - but the emphasis is on the ancient period (ca. 700 BC - 200 AD). The study is based on a philological interpretation of texts and covers all aspects of Greek civilisation: literature, history, religion, philosophy, and material culture. Candidates are employed in secondary schools, or in universities and research institutions.

Latin (BA and MA programmes): The study of latin language and literature covering all periods - Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern period - but the emphasis is on the ancient period (ca. 200 BC - 500 AD). The study is based on a philological interpretation of the texts and covers all aspects of Roman civilisation: literature, history, religion, philosophy, and material culture. Candidates are employed in secondary schools, or in universities and research institutions.

Byzantine studies (MA programme only): A specialised study og the language, literature and civilisation of the Byzantine era (c. 500-1453 AD). A completed BA in Ancient Greek gives access to the MA programme in Byzantine studies. The study is based on a philological interpretation of Byzantine texts and covers all aspects of Byzantine civilisation: literature, history, religion, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Candidates are primarily employed in universities and research institutions. 

Medieval Latin (MA programme only). A specialised study of the Latin language, literature and civilisation of western Europe in the Middle Ages. The study is based on a philological interpretation of medieval Latin texts and covers all aspects of medieval civilisation in which the Latin language was used, as for instance literature, history, religion, law, philosophy and material culture. Candidates are primarily employed in universities and research institutions.

Medieval civilisation (Elective study, BA level). Introductory study to medieval history literature and civlisation (AD c. 500-1450). The study is conducted on the basis of a reading and interpretation of medieval documentary and literary sources in translation. The study is an optional specialisation ("minor") for students majoring in e.g. history, archaerology, art, history, religion, classical or modern languages. 

Classical civilisation (Elective study, BA level). The study of ancient civilisation based on texts in translation. The emphasis is on ancient Greek civilisation but the study comprises aspects of Roman civilisation as well. The study presupposes an elementary knowledge of ancient Greek. Candidates are employed in secondary schools. The study of ancient civilisation based on translations is a compulsory topic for all seventeen to eighteen year olds in secondary schools.

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