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About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

From Troy to Constantinople

Are you interested in Antiquity, especially Greece and Rome? Interested in Greek and Roman culture, literature, rhetoric, religion and philosophy as well as textual communication and translation analysis? In ancient mythology? You can study all this and more in the subsidiary subject in classics.

Drama and poetry, rhetoric and religion

Like Greek and Latin studies, the subsidiary subject in classics deals with classical Greek and Roman literature and political history, the history of Greek and Roman institutions, society and culture, and the history of mentality and religion, as well as philosophy, rhetoric and archaeology, and the history of art. The language requirement, on the other hand, is easier and you only need to reach a level of Greek that enables a critical approach to translations.

Classics is not just a Greek study programme at a lower level. The special exams in textual understanding, translation analysis and literary theory focus on your skills in communicating ancient texts.


If you did not take advanced level Greek at upper secondary school, we offer propaedeutic courses in Greek. As a student, you can attend these courses concurrently with your actual degree programme, as your degree commences with subjects that do not require language skills. The propaedeutic course consists of two terms, finishing with an exam. Propaedeutics counts as six months of full-time study and entitles you to six months of additional support from the State Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU).

You work with the following questions in classics:

  • What did Plato’s ideal state look like?
  • How have his ideas influenced the political thinking of subsequent periods?
  • What impact has Thucydides had on historiography?
  • What is rhetoric?
  • What happens to a text that is handed down orally?
  • What impact has the legend of Troy had on posterity?
  • How did ancient theatre work?
  • What influence has the culture of Antiquity had on the world of today?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations


Structure bachelor

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Student life

Form of teaching

Your teaching mostly consists of a combination of lectures, during which your teacher presents the material, and exercises where you and your fellow students make presentations or discuss and interpret texts. Electronic material is used in many courses.

Reading groups

Greek students are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important for academic as well as social reasons, because you can exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, as well as socialising outside university hours.

Agora and Utile Dulci

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.

  • Student Committee: This is a venue where you can influence what happens in classical philology. The committee elects student representatives to the Academy Council of the Faculty of Arts and the Board of Studies, and also discusses other matters of importance for students.

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With a subsidiary subject in classics, you are qualified to teach at upper secondary schools, evening classes and folk high schools, etc. You should note, however, that classics is a medium subject at upper secondary school. It would therefore be an advantage if you combine it with a major subject, such as Danish, English, history, mathematics or social science.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Culture, travel and research

Your degree in classics makes you skilled in rhetoric and linguistic effects, so if you do not wish to teach, you can also find work in other areas. These include the cultural sector – as a communication officer, research librarian or translator – museums and publishing houses, the travel industry and educational institutions, or other jobs involving communication and information.

Competence profile

  • Language and rhetoric: You acquire in-depth knowledge of Greek and Latin during your years of study. You learn to explain similarities and differences between the two languages themselves, as well as between the two languages and modern European languages. You learn about rhetoric and linguistic tools.
  • Culture and society in Antiquity: You gain an overview of Greek and Latin history, material culture and the history of language.
  • Communication: During your studies, you learn to communicate verbally and in writing – including the use of IT.
  • Structure and planning: You read a considerable amount and learn a critical approach to source materials, textbooks and information, as well as how to carefully study academic issues and explain them, to collect literature and to work independently.