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Greek and Latin Summer School (24th June - 12th July 2019)

"Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura" («leisure without letters is a living death unto man»): so wrote Lucius Annaeus Seneca, philosopher, playwright and tutor to the emperor Nero. And this is also the aim of our Summer School: combining summer holidays in an exciting place with the study of classical languages.


The Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School, organised by the Department of Classics and Italian Studies, offers intensive courses in Greek and Latin with the aim of enabling students to read some of the fundamental texts of our cultural tradition. Further classes will touch on moments of Classical literature, Greek and Roman history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and in Rome).

The courses will take place in Bologna from Monday 24th June until Friday 12th July 2019 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike: no specific qualification is required for course admission. Students must be aged 18 or over.


The school offers Intensive Classes in Greek and Latin (44 hours) at different levels for both languages (beginners and intermediate) and an additional Classical Literature Class (11 hours). It is also possible to combine two language courses (Latin & Greek, any level in any combination) at a special rate. The intensive course is equivalent to a semester’s work: please refer to the link on this page for a detailed syllabus (from last year).

Classes will be held from Monday to Friday in the Department of Classics and Italian Studies (Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica) of the University of Bologna (via Zamboni 32, 40126 Bologna).

Cultural programme

Cultural activities (5 hours) will supplement language knowledge in order to familiarise participants with Italy and Classical culture through visits to the city of Bologna and its museums and historical sites.

All teaching and activities are in English.

Weekend in Rome

An optional weekend trip to Rome includes a tour of the city and visits to archaeological sites (e.g. the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Palatine) and some of the most remarkable collections of Roman art (such as the National Museum of Rome: Palazzo Massimo at the Baths of Diocletian and Palazzo Altemps).

Tuition Fees

Fees comprise: registration to the course, teaching material and cultural activities
•    Option 1: Greek OR Latin: € 950
•    Option 2: ‘Double bill’ (Latin & Greek): € 1500

• The registration is complete only after full payment of tuition fees

Special offer for Bologna University students, ERASMUS students and ERASMUS Alumni

Thanks to a special agreement with the Faculty of Arts, Bologna University students, ERASMUS students (in Bologna for the year) and former ERASMUS students (to Bologna) can register at a discounted fee.

Certification and credits

In order to obtain the course certificate, the attendance of at least 70% of the course hours is required. A final test is scheduled and a pass will grant 5 ECTS (9 ECTS for both courses).

How to apply

Please download the application form and the placement test (above, on the right).

To register, please see:

If you need further assistance, please contact



Since 2007 we have had students (aged 18 to 75) coming from these countries and cities!



Prof. Francesco Citti

Course Coordinator

Department of Classics and Italian studies (Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica) Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna Via Zamboni, 32

40126 - Bologna

fax: +39 051 228172