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Ancient Languages and Culture

Address: Ancient Languages and Culture, P. O. Box 1000, FI-90014, University of Oulu

Telephone: Study Counsellor +358 503595424 University Lecturer Timo Sironen, Academic Affairs Secretary study.humanities@oulu.fi

Website: http://www.oulu.fi/humanities/node/21732

 

Admission requirements

Ancient Languages and Culture can be studied by any student presently registered and enrolled at the University of Oulu. To begin the studies efficiently, it is essential to first acquire a sufficient knowledge of Latin or ancient Greek. If such language skills have not been acquired during upper secondary school, for example, introductory and advanced language courses are provided in both languages, annually in Latin (introductory course during the autumn and advanced course during the spring term) and biennially in Greek (introductory course during the autumn term of odd numbered years and advanced course during the spring term of even numbered years). An introductory course in Latin is also occasionally offered by the Summer University. In addition to English, Swedish, German, French and Italian, for instance, may also be helpful when studying Latin. As the amount of contact teaching is limited due to insufficient resources, prospective students should be motivated and capable of independent study.

Study guidance

Study guidance is provided by Timo Sironen, the lecturer of Ancient Languages and Culture, during his office hour on Wednesdays 11–12, phone: +358 50 3595424, email: timo.sironen(at)oulu.fi . Guidance and exams are also available in Swedish, English, Italian, German and Latin.

Ancient Languages and Culture

Both lines of study (Latin language and Roman literature, Ancient Greek and Greek literature) are available for study to all students only as a subsidiary (minor) subject. Students can choose either one or both of the orientation alternatives. The programme of Ancient Languages and Culture examines the Greek and Roman cultures of the Mediterranean, Latin and ancient Greek languages, and utilises original sources written in Latin and ancient Greek. The programme is a historically oriented language subject which familiarises students with Greco-Roman culture as well as its influence on modern cultures and languages, not forgetting the linguistic and cultural continua throughout the Middle Ages, humanistic Renaissance and the early modern era both in the Latin Western Europe (and the North) and in the Greek Eastern Roman Empire.

Ancient Languages and Culture is an especially suitable subsidiary subject for students of history and archaeology, but it is also well suited for students of languages, arts and culture, and other students due to its generally edifying nature.

Career options

The programme enables students to qualify as teachers of Latin. It is also beneficial for those who plan to become employed in the fields of research or education, and for those who plan to work in positions that require an education in the Humanities (e.g. modern languages, history, art history and literature, libraries and museums, education services and public relations).

Practical information

In addition to contact teaching, students are required to take a number of book examinations independently. The exams can be taken on the examination dates of the Faculty of Humanities as well as on the examination dates of the programme’s degree group (group II – Cultural Sciences). Students must sign up for book exams at least 10 days in advance via WebOodi. Students are advised to consult the lecturer about suitable exam packages in advance.

As a reference book for the names and terminology in the field, students are suggested to use Antiikin käsikirja by P. Castrén and L. Pietilä-Castrén.

Timo Sironen, the lecturer of Ancient Languages and Culture, is responsible for all the teaching in the programme.

Study packages and learning outcomes

Latin language and Roman literature:

Upon completion of the Basic Studies package (25 ECTS credits), students will be familiar with the main features of Ancient Roman culture and have the language skills to independently and with the aid of reference materials understand elementary Latin prose, also from later periods as per the students’ interests. Upon completion of the Intermediate Studies package (35 ECTS credits), students will have a more profound and expansive understanding of Latin, Latin literature, the overall field of classical history, and of the use of various sources, also from later periods as per the students’ interests.

Greek language and literature:

Upon completion of the Basic Studies package (25 ECTS credits), students will be familiar with the main features of Ancient Greek culture and have the language skills to independently understand classical Greek, mainly prose, with the aid of reference materials. Upon completion of the Intermediate Studies package (35 ECTS credits), students will have a more profound and expansive understanding of Greek language, Greek literature, the overall field of classical history, and of the use of various sources.

 

Courses

A) Latin language and Roman literature

Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits):

700500P Introduction to Latin (5 ECTS credits)

700501P Advanced course in Latin (5 ECTS credits)

700525P Roman Culture and Study of Antiquity (10 ECTS credits)

700526P Latin Grammar 1 and Guided Reading in Latin (5 ECTS credits)


Intermediate Studies (35 ECTS credits):

700527A Latin Grammar II (5 ECTS credits)

700528A Texts in Latin (10 ECTS credits)

700529A Translation from Native Language to Latin (5 ECTS credits)

700530A Greek History and History of Greek Literature (5 ECTS credits)

700509A Development of Latin (5 ECTS credits)

700510A Exercise Course in Interpreting Latin (5 ECTS credits)

 

B) Ancient Greek language and Greek literature

Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits):

700531P Introduction to Ancient Greek (5 ECTS credits)

700532P Advanced Course in Ancient Greek (5 ECTS credits)

700533P Greek Culture and Study of Antiquity (10 ECTS credits)

700534P Elementary Greek Prose (5 ECTS credits)

 

Intermediate Studies (35 ECTS credits):

700535A Homer (5 ECTS credits)

700536A Texts in Greek (15 ECTS credits)

700537A Greek Grammar (5 ECTS credits)

700538A Roman History and History of Roman Literature (5 ECTS credits)

700539A Exercise Course in Interpreting Greek (5 ECTS credits)