The Malta Classics Association, in collaboration with the University of Malta DegreePlus Program, has been organising various summer courses open to both University of Malta students and the general public. These short courses of eight two-hour long sessions are meant to serve as an introduction to the subjects and certificates of participation are awarded to all students subject to their continued regular attendance.

The below is a list of the courses that have been successfully organised in the past and have continued to be consistently offered through this collaboration.

Lingua Latina ab Initio – 1

Although the Roman Empire has become a thing of the distant past, its language and culture live on in our common European inheritance. Latin gradually developed into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, while other languages, such as English and German, contain hundreds of words and systems derived directly and indirectly from this ancient and beautiful language.

This ambitious but exciting course aims at introducing its followers to the structure and general workings of the Latin language. By engaging with interesting texts that deal with a variety of topics – history and poetry, laws and myth – the student will come into direct contact with the minds and thoughts of a variety of ancient authors and personas. While it would be impossible to become proficient in Latin after just sixteen hours of lectures, but this first course is ideal for those students who are unwilling to commit themselves fully to longer and more cumbersome course in an unfamiliar language but long enough for them to gain a clear idea into what studying Latin is like.

Although the course would be particularly useful to students reading law, history, archaeology and theology, it is so structured so that it would be of interest to any member of the general public interested in Ancient Roman culture and its language.

No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of this will have no bearing on certification.

Lingua Latina ab Initio – 1 is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus, For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Lingua Latina ab Initio – 2

Ancient Rome lives on in our literature, imagination and culture. This course, which is a continuation of Lingua Latina ab Initio – 1 aims at bringing Latin roaring back to life in the hearts and minds of its followers. Through direct engagement with more advanced texts than those dealt with in Lingua Latina ab Initio – 1 , the course intends to improve the students’ knowledge of Latin in an engaging and interactive manner.

Although some basic knowledge of Latin is expected, ample time is set aside for revision and re-examination of grammar points dealt with in Lingua Latina ab Initio – 1 or other courses that the attending students may have followed in the recent or distant past. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of this will have no bearing on certification.

This course is ideal for those who, having already come into contact with Latin to some degree in the past, have discovered that they love it as much as we at the Malta Classics Association do and would like to see their interest blossom and flourish.

Lingua Latina ab Initio – 2 is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus, For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Introduction to Classical Greek

The language of Homer continues to inspire and amaze to this very day. Whether it is for its rhythmic and musical sound, its enchanting script or the profound beauty of the literature and culture by which it is represented in the imagination, many continue to find themselves drawn to its study and appreciation. This course is meant to be nothing more than a short but engaging introduction to an ancient and beloved language.

Tidbits of grammar sessions will be interlaced with readings and encounters with original and adapted sources to familiarise students with a script and language that very few will have had the pleasure to fully appreciate before. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of these will have no bearing on certification.

Introduction to Ancient Greek is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus, For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Introduction to Sanskrit

Sanskrit is an ancient language of India used to this very day in several religious rituals and in religious texts. It is a language with a long and honourable history and is a member of the Indo-European tree of languages that connects it with Latin, Greek and many languages spoken in Europe, Asia and beyond to this very day. This short, 16-hour course aims at introducing its student to Sanskrity’s unfamiliar but pleasant script and the more elementary concepts of the language and its systems. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of these will have no bearing on certification.

Introduction to Sanskrit is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Introduction to Modern Greek

If you’re planning a quick weekend getaway to the Greek islands, or if you’re planning your own tour of the Ancient Greek world, this is the ideal course for you. This course aims at familiarising its students with the Greek alphabet and the most common and most useful phrases in Ancient Greek’s modern daughter-language.

No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of these will have no bearing on certification. The general public is heartily invited to attend.

Introduction to Modern Greek is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Greek Mythology

Who has not heard one Greek myth or another and fallen absolutely in love with its gods, heroes and monsters? This course offers you the opportunity to approach the subject with a more academic point of view. Students will consider the Greek mythological corpus in a series of thematic and well-structured lectures. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of these will have no bearing on certification. The general public is heartily invited to attend.

Introduction to Modern Greek is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

An Overview of Greek and Roman History

This course’s main approach to the histories of Greece and Rome will be thematic rather than chronological and shall seek to focus primarily on matters of political history and political development. A brief overview of the entire history of ancient Greece and Rome will then be followed by more in-depth narration and analysis of particularly related episodes from both Greek and Roman history in the context of an overarching topic.

No prior knowledge of the subject is required, although students with some basic knowledge of the time period will, of course, find it easier to follow the course better. Optional reading will also be set but these will not be absolutely necessary for understanding subsequent lectures.

IAn Overview of Greek History is held between July and August at the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA at info@classicsmalta.org . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .