Learn Ancient & Classical Languages Online

Explore the legacy of our past through a range of ancient and classical languages including LatinClassical and New Testament GreekBiblical 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.

Choosing a level that's right for you

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.

Online and classroom-based courses

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Classical Greek 1: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can begin to read straightforward Classical Greek prose. Suitable also if you have some basic or rusty knowledge of the language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Latin 1: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to Latin, or a reminder of what you have forgotten, if you are rusty. Based on Reading Latin, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Classical Greek 2: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have completed Classical Greek 2 module 1 or have an equivalent knowledge. Further your knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can read more complex Classical Greek prose.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Sanskrit level 1: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online





    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. The Crusades as seen from Western, Byzantine and Islamic perspectives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Crusades are the defining event of the Middle Ages. They brought the very different civilisations of Western Europe, Byzantium and Islam into an extended period of both conflict and peaceful co-existence. The biggest loser was the Byzantine Empire, which emerged shattered and doomed from the encounter. The biggest winner was Western Europe, which was brought in close contact with the older and more sophisticated civilisations of the East, and which found its own progress greatly hastened. As for Islam, the Crusades ensured that the Near East would be gradually brought under the long hegemony of the Ottomans.







    This was an age of striking individuals – Alexius, Bohemond, Enrico Dandolo, Saladin, Richard the Lion Heart, and many others. It is an age filled with unforgettable – and possibly true – stories of heroism and atrocity.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  6. Old English level 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    What was the English language like before the Norman Conquest? How easy is it to translate their diverse literature? Can we write our own Old English? Come along and see.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  7. Old English level 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course follows on the level 1 class. Continue to learn the Old English grammar and become familiar with more of its features.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  8. Old English literature
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Read and analyse the language of some works in the Old English literature. This course is suitable for those students who have completed the level 1 and level 2 courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Sanskrit level 1: module 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Using material from ancient Sanskrit this course focuses on intermediate grammar, enabling the student to read and construct fairly complex prose.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Classical Greek 2: module 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have completed Classical Greek 2 modules 1 and 2 or have an equivalent knowledge. Further your knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can read more complex Classical Greek prose.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Middle English: an introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    How did English language change after the Norman conquest? How were the vocabulary and grammar influenced by the French spoken by the new Norman rulers? Come along and discover where today's English come from.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Biblical Hebrew 4: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Deepen your knowledge of Hebrew grammar and further develop your ability to translate from the Bible.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  13. Biblical Hebrew 2: module 1
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue to learn the basic grammatical structures for reading and translating Biblical Hebrew. Also suitable for those who have a rusty knowledge of the language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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