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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 Rome to the Ringgade in Aarhus

In the subsidiary subject in Latin, you study the Latin language, culture, history and literature. You gain an insight into Roman literature from c. 200 BC to 400 AD and an introduction to the great Latin authors of later periods. You read works by writers such as Cicero, Caesar, Plautus, Ovid, Vergil, Catullus and Livius, and you can work with later authors like Francesco Petrarch and our own Danish author Ludvig Holberg. You read, translate, interpret and analyse texts, but you also work with modern linguistic science and its approach to the ancient texts. In addition, you learn about the influence of classical culture right up to the present day.

From republic to empire, from the Capitol Hill to the Vatican Hill

In addition to your studies of Latin literature, you work with Rome’s development from a small village to the centre of a world empire whose political and social structures, such as its legal system, have influenced Western society right up to the present day. You learn about Roman history including everything from the battles against Hannibal and the destruction of Carthage to Caesar’s conquest of Central Europe and Britain. You also learn about the early persecution of the Christians under Emperor Nero to Constantine the Great’s acceptance of the Christian religion and his founding of Constantinople – now known as Istanbul.


If you take Latin as a subsidiary subject, it is an advantage if you have studied Latin and Greek at an advanced level at upper secondary school – but it is not a prerequisite. We offer courses in Latin and Greek 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 Latin, you are required to have knowledge of Greek 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).


If any of the following questions arouse your curiosity, Latin might be the right choice for you.

  • What influence has Cicero had on rhetoric?
  • How did the Roman senate work – and has it had any impact on other constitutional bodies at a later stage of history?
  • How did Rome succeed in conquering such vast areas – and subsequently control them?
  • Who did the poet Catullus write his famous poems to?
  • What influence have Rome and the Roman Empire had on posterity?

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.

Since we have a new administration system, there are still some elements that do not work. We are working on the graphical presentation for the master’s subject and adding links to the course catalogue.

Structure bachelor

Structure master

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

 Study groups

Latin students are encouraged to form study 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 Symposion

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


  • Symposion is a friday bar, where for example archaeologists meet and are having a good time.
  • Student Committee: This is a venue where you, together with Classical Archeology, can influence what happens in Classical Studies. 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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With a subsidiary subject in Latin, you are qualified to teach Latin and general language comprehension at upper secondary school. You should note, however, that Latin is a minor subject. It is therefore an advantage to combine it with a major subject, such as Danish, English, history or mathematics, as this provides you with better job prospects than a combination of two minor subjects or one minor and one medium subject.

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

Culture and communication

In addition to teaching, a subsidiary subject in Latin enables you to work in the following areas:

  • Cultural communication: Research libraries, museum environments and publishing houses are examples of places where you can work as a translator or consultant involved in international collaboration, in the travel industry or organisations providing information to the public.
  • Communication: Through your studies of Latin, you become familiar with rhetoric and linguistic tools. These skills qualify you for jobs involving communication and information.

Competence profile

As a student of Latin as a subsidiary subject, you acquire knowledge about:

  • Language and rhetoric: You acquire in-depth knowledge of Latin and are able to explain similarities and differences between Latin and modern European languages. You learn about rhetoric and linguistic tools.
  • Culture and society in Antiquity: You gain an overview of Latin history, material culture and the history of the language.
  • Literature: You learn to read literature and evaluate its importance in relation to specific periods or key individuals and concepts within comparative literature.
  • Communication: In the course of your studies, you learn to communicate about a subject both verbally and in writing.
  • Structure and planning: As a Latin student, 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.