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Study Classics at Otago

Classical wisdom

Our teaching and research covers a wide range of topics, from art and archaeology, to Greek and Latin studies, to mythology and society.

We offer papers in Classical Studies, as well as language papers in Greek and Latin. We also offer a range of more specialised papers in such areas as Greek and Roman society, Cicero, Alexander the Great, ancient philosophy and Classical art and archaeology, myth, and literature.

Greek and Latin

The Greek and Latin languages are taught from beginners' level on a reading-based approach, leading to the reading of texts from major authors at higher levels.


The School of Athens_Raphael (1509-10)

The Department has a strong research culture, with particular expertise in Alexander the Great, Cicero, Greek religion, Roman religion and politics, and the archaeology of Roman Spain.

Find out more about our ongoing Research

Resources for Study

Diogenes_by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1860)

Important information for current students can be found here.

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Graduate profiles

Sappho and Alcaeus_by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1881)_

Some of our graduates have gone on to do great things with their Classics degrees.

See our graduate profiles