Hilary Term 2020

Latin Reading Fluency Classes

Friday, 12:30-13:30, Oriel College

These classes are divided into two levels: beginners (no previous experience in Latin required) and intermediate (GCSE-level or its equivalent or beyond). The beginners and intermediate students will be working our way through Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana while the advanced group under the leadership of Dr Melinda Letts will be reading and Caesar’s De bello Gallico. Both newcomers and veteran Latinists will learn by means of immersive and interactive exercises and experience Latin as a living language. 

Attic Greek

Monday, 19:00-20:00, Jesus College
Wednesday, 19:30-20:30, Oriel College
Friday, 13:30-14:30, Oriel College

These are intermediate classes in Ancient Greek. This term we are using the Accademia Vivarium Novum’s version of Athenaze Vol. II, and the class is conducted using an immersive approach. Some prior experience with Ancient Greek is necessary.

Virgil reading group

Tuesday, 19:30, Oriel College

We meet weekly with the aim of reading viva voce, singing, and understanding the whole of Virgil’s Aeneid. The methodology of this class is based on the doctoral research which one of our leaders is conducting in the invaluable ancient arts of memory and metrics.

Lumen Litterarum

Wednesday, 12:30-13:30, Jesus College
Saturday, 10:30-11:30, Oriel College

Intermediate/Advanced Latin text reading and discussion groups. Saturday sessions are reserved for reading while Wednesday sessions often feature a class on philology. Last year we read parts of works as diverse as Seneca’s De Otio, Cicero’s Laelius De Amicitia, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Augustine’s Confessions. There is also opportunity for others to choose a text and lead a session: if you would be interested in doing this, do not hesitate to get in touch!

Speak Greek, Live Latin

Tuesday, 13:00-14:00, Ioannou Centre

An informal Latin & Greek speaking group led by Professor Gregory Hutchinson, the Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford. It will be a fun way to practice your language, whether you have never spoken Latin or Greek before or are already an experienced orator.

Latin conversation and song evening


We occasionally host a friendly “Nox Musarum”, a wonderful way to end the academic week and a great opportunity to get together and converse latine, to invoke the Muses in poetry and song, and to make fitting and festive libations! Write to