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Monash University

Diploma in Classical Languages (Greek, Latin)

Course code: 3928 ~ Course abbreviation: DipClassLang ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

The course teaches students the all-important grammatical and syntactic rules according to which speakers of Greek and/or Latin expressed themselves. It builds up their vocabulary to a considerable level to enable them to approach with confidence a variety of authors and literary genres. Basic knowledge of the literary theory for the most popular genres of Greek and/or Latin writing is acquired through class teaching, but also through the assessment of the units, which includes group-work and presentations. Students are encouraged to learn Greek as well as Latin since Greek influenced literary production in the Roman-speaking world. Greco-Roman civilisation was thus formed and thrived for centuries, but Latin was transformed from a language of dry recordings to a language with literary depth and poetic colourings. Students are trained not only in the discipline of learning and translating an inflected language, but also in appreciating the cultural context in which this language flourished and evolved. To this end, students are given the option of enrolling in a choice of two cultural units which will put into perspective the socio-religious mentalities of the Greeks and the Romans and the dramatic period of their cultural interaction after the 3rd century BC.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in classical language. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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