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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 Classics Department has an excellent reputation for teaching. It achieved the highest score in the category of "overall satisfaction" for undergraduate teaching (Student Opinion Survey 2016, Otago University Quality Advancement Unit). Here is what some of our students have said about our teaching:

"The academic staff within the Classics Department are outstanding in their enthusiasm towards their subject matter and towards their approach to students and their learning."

"Every single Classics lecturer I've had has shown a keen interest in their topic of choice, motivated me to share that interest and work my hardest. There is never a lack of effort and good humour."

"The teaching staff in the Classics Department are fantastic. They all bring their own unique and engaging personalities to the classroom."


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