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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 Athens to Aarhus

Greek is one of the oldest humanistic subjects. In 200 BC, learned men in Alexandria began collecting, registering, commenting on and publishing Greek literature, and this tradition remains alive today. When you choose to study Greek, you read, translate, interpret and analyse texts just like the learned men in Alexandria, but you also work with modern linguistic science and its approach to the ancient texts.


From Homer to Holberg

In your subsidiary subject, you learn about Greek Antiquity from c. 1000 BC to c. 300 AD, and you read and interpret works by Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Aristotle and Plato. You also learn about the influence of classical culture right up to the present day.


Heroes, democracy, tyranny and Macedonians

In addition to your studies of Greek literature, you work with classical world history from the fabled campaign against Troy to the development of democracy in Greece, the wars against the Persians and Alexander the Great’s conquests of 95% of the known world.



If you take Greek as a subsidiary subject, it is an advantage if you have studied Greek at an advanced level at upper secondary school – but it is not a prerequisite. We offer courses in Greek and Latin that you can study concurrently with your actual degree programme, as your degree commences with subjects that do not require language skills. Even if you only study Greek, you are required to have knowledge of Latin equivalent to the advanced level at upper secondary school.

The propaedeutic course consists of two terms, finishing with an exam. These two terms provide you with sufficient knowledge to start the actual degree programme in the language in question. The propaedeutic course in each language has an official duration of 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).


Good questions

As a Greek student, you deal with questions such as:


  • What impact did Thucydides have on historiography – and on our perception of democracy?
  • What did Plato’s ideal state look like – and how did he influence the political thinking of subsequent periods?
  • In what way have the Trojan legends remained alive until the present?
  • What is the foundation of rhetoric – and of the European theatre?

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

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Structure master


Student life

Greek is a small study and as a student of a supplementary course you will follow some some subjects along with Greek Bachelor’s degree students.


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. When working on a text, you take turns preparing a translation and interpreting it with the teacher.


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.
  • Agora: This newsletter is published twice per year and contains contributions from both teachers and students.


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Greek teacher

With Greek as your subsidiary subject, you are qualified to teach both Greek and classics at upper secondary school.

If you wish to teach one of these subjects at upper secondary school, you must be aware that classics is a medium subject and Greek is a minor subject not offered by all upper secondary schools. It would therefore be an advantage if you combine your subsidiary subject with a major subject, such as Danish, English, history or social science, in order to improve your job prospects.

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


Culture and communication

Your degree in Greek 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

If you study Greek as a subsidiary subject at the University of Aarhus, you acquire knowledge about:


  • Language and rhetoric: You acquire in-depth knowledge of Greek and/or 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.
  • Literature: You learn to read Greek and Latin literature and evaluate its importance in relation to specific periods or key individuals and concepts within comparative literature.
  • Communication: During your studies, you learn to communicate verbally and in writing – including the use of IT.
  • Structure and planning: As a student of classical languages, you read a considerable amount, and you 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.