Ancient Greek Language and Literature

Omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara. (Ancient Greek Language and Literature)

What will you learn?

The study of the ancient Greek language and literature allows students to obtain firm linguistic competences in ancient Greek and introduces them to the world of ancient Greece, whose brightest minds set foundations of the European literature, established Western philosophical and scientific tradition, and entrusted the future generations with the heritage of first democratic principles and values of the civic society. The minor degree of the programme focuses on the ancient Greek language. As such, it primarily serves to satisfy the needs of the students of those study programmes, in which ancient Greek is potentially one of the source languages (e.g., philosophy, history of the antiquity, Latin language and literature, modern Greek, classical archaeology, religious studies, general and Indo-European linguistics etc.). The major and the completus of the programme lead to the in-depth knowledge of all important historical and socio-cultural aspects of the world of Greek Antiquity via courses on Greek literature, philosophy, mythology, history, art and religions. The study of the language whose morphology ranks among the most difficult in the domain of the Indo-European languages will deepen the general linguistic competences and facilitate the understanding of a wide range of technical terminology in various fields of study, which is largely built on the ancient Greek foundations. The knowledge acquired by the study of the ancient Greek world will lead to a better orientation in most domains of European culture and scholarship.

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Career opportunities

Following the successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, the graduate will have all the necessary philological competences for self-dependent reading and translation of the ancient Greek texts written in the Attic dialects, which he/she will be able to interpret on the wider socio-cultural background of the world of the Antiquity. Graduates that successfully completed the study of ancient Greek in combination with another professionally related field of study (e.g., religious studies, history, archaeology, philosophy) will be able to work with the primary source materials in their original format. The graduate may continue to further his/her knowledge of the ancient Greece in the Master’s study programme, successful completion of which makes the graduate eligible for the teaching of ancient Greek at classical colleges and universities. Graduate will find further work opportunities in various humanities departments of the Academy of the Sciences, in museums, libraries or in archives and in all professions requiring wider socio-cultural formation and dignified expression in word and writing.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Recommended combinations

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Study plans of this programme can also be studies in a combination with

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

Following the completion of the Bachelor's studies and subject to satisfying the admission requirements, graduates may continue their studies in the Master's degree programme of ancient Greek language and literature.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

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Mgr. et Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D.



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