Learn Classical Languages at City Lit in London and Online

Explore the legacy of our past through a range of classical language including Latin, Classical and New Testament Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Sanskrit. Our courses range from beginners to advanced levels. You can work towards joining a reading group where you will tackle some of the more advanced texts in the original language.

Want to study a Classical language at City Lit, but unsure where to begin? Read more information on the levels available to determine the right course for you.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Once you are enrolled on the course, you will receive detailed instructions for taking part in the class.

Browse our Classical language courses below and enrol today!

  1. Sanskrit: an introduction for complete beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 10 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: The British Museum
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient South Asia to provide a foundation in the sacred language of Sanskrit. The class will be held at the British Museum.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Sanskrit: an introduction for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world and get a taste of its grammar!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Classical Greek: an introduction for absolute beginners

    Classical Greek: an introduction for absolute beginners

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn basic Classical Greek from scratch. Suitable if you are considering the Classical Greek level 1 course in September. Based on the tutor's own material.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Latin: an introduction for absolute beginners

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn Latin from scratch. Suitable if you have never studied a Classical or an inflected language before.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Brush up your elementary Classical Greek

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your elementary Greek and enhance your pleasure in understanding the language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Stories from the Bible

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you thinking of learning Biblical Hebrew? Would you like to find out more about some of the Bible's famous stories? Come and join us.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Herodotus translation for advanced learners

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your understanding of the Greek language by translating passages taken from the Histories by Herodotus. Suitable for advanced students.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. Introduction to Medieval Latin

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to medieval Latin and its main linguistic features through the reading and translation of selected texts. Knowledge of classical Latin grammar is required.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Brush up your elementary Latin

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your forgotten skills and enhance your pleasure for basic understanding of the language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  10. Brush up your intermediate Latin

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your forgotten intermediate Latin and enhance your pleasure in understanding the language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Brush up your advanced Latin

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Brush up your advanced Latin by translating selected satires by Horace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Weekend Latin level 1: module 3

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you study Latin years ago at school or elsewhere years ago? Would you like to brush up your knowledge in a fast-paced intensive class and move quickly to level 2? Come and join this lively course and get a full immersion into beginners Latin.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

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