Classical philology, a discipline with a centuries-old tradition, explores ancient heritage as one of the cornerstones of European civilisation. To read Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Caesar, Cicero or Seneca in the original, to be able to immerse oneself in the message of the New Testament in its original wording, to understand what is written in Byzantine manuscripts, medieval chronicles or hundreds of Latin inscriptions all around us, to get to know the numerous monuments of our rich history up to the 19th century and to be able to pass on a piece of this beauty and timeless values to others is something that can give meaning and a new, deeper dimension to human life.
The study of Classical languages focuses on the knowledge of ancient culture and its European heritage through written sources. It has a philological character. It includes linguistic training in Classical languages (Latin, Greek); reading, translation and interpretation of original texts; training in selected disciplines, such as Greek and Roman literature, the political and cultural history of ancient antiquity, ancient mythology, the topography of the ancient world, the Latin and Greek post-antique tradition, the history of Byzantium, etc.
A graduate of the Bachelor’s degree study programme in Classical Languages within the field of study Classical Languages will have a theoretical and practical knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages. He/she will acquire knowledge of the history of Greek and Roman antiquity, of ancient literature and culture, of the civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean, of ancient and medieval philosophy, etc.
The graduate will be able to apply the acquired knowledge when working with Latin and Greek texts in various fields (scholarly institutes, libraries, archives, editorial offices, educational academies, galleries, museums, etc.). He/she will find employment wherever a general cultural understanding and linguistic dexterity are required.
A good basis for the study of classic languages is a knowledge of one’s own mother tongue, Slovak, and its grammatical structure, a good knowledge of any foreign language(s) and a basic orientation in history.
Entrance Examination Requirements
Applicants will be admitted to the Classic Languages study programme on the basis of a general aptitude test as part of the National Comparative Exam, which is provided by www.scio.cz, s. r. o.