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About the Classics Section

Classics refers broadly to the study of ancient Greek and Roman cultures, from Archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire, and has been taught at the University of Cape Town since its foundation in 1829. Studying classical antiquity prompts critical reflection on both the past and the present, and confers important skills that are valuable across the humanities.

Classics at UCT covers a wide range of topics, from Greek and Latin language to literature, mythology, philosophy, art, archaeology and ancient history. In addition to its focus on the ancient Mediterranean, our curriculum includes study of the Near East, North Africa and ancient Egypt. 

Our courses fall into two main categories: (1) Greek and Latin Language courses and (2) Classical Culture courses which require no knowledge of Greek or Latin.

The Section welcomes applications from prospective postgraduate students.