Research Training and Courses

From brushing up on your Renaissance Latin to learning to read Classical Greek texts, the Warburg Institute runs an active programme of research training and courses.

Short Course


Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern

12 April - 16 April 2021

The aim of this course is to explore how maps have served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds from around 1200 to 1700. The focus is on the iconographic character of maps and the complex relation between art and science that is found in mapmaking throughout history. Students will be introduced to a wide range of images from different time periods and made for a variety of purposes, with the intent of drawing together art history, literature, philosophy and visual culture. Theoretical issues will be approached concerning, for example, the association of word and image, the definition of maps and their difference from views and diagrams, but the background and purpose of individual examples will be also discussed. 

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Classical Greek


Classical Greek - Beginners 

20 January - 15 March 2021

The Warburg Institute continues its online course in Classical Greek for complete beginners with a further eight session during the Spring Term 2021. A principal aim will be to equip students with an essential set of linguistic navigational tools, which can serve as a springboard for further study of both language and literature. In addition to Latin, Greek was known to and used by writers of the early modern period. An initial level of competence in the language will, it is hoped, also engender a corresponding degree of confidence when it comes to encounters with Greek in Renaissance texts. Greek was a highly prized, but also deeply contested language, and a further dimension of the course will be a consideration of the implications of using Greek during the 14th to the 17th centuries. 

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Classical Greek - Intermediate 

18 January - 15 March 2021

The Warburg Institute continues its online intermediate Greek language course with a further eight sessions during the Spring Term 2021, aimed at those who have some grounding in Classical Greek. 

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Classical Greek Texts - Advanced

18 January - 15 March 2021

The Warburg Institute continues its new online reading course in Classical Greek for advanced level students with a further eight sessions in the Spring Term 2021. 

This is a text-based course, and we will continue with Sophocles' Philoctetes which we started last term. Students will be expected to prepare passages in advance, which we will then read together, and discuss, taking into account literary, linguistic and contextual perspectives. 

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Late Medieval and Renaissance Latin (Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced)

8 October 2020 - 25 March 2021, Wednesdays/Thursdays depending on level

The Warburg Institute offers online courses in late Medieval and Renaissance Latin in 2020-2021 at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, designed to train students to read and understand late Medieval and Renaissance documents. Depending on level, these classes will focus on vocabulary acquisition, grammar and syntax, and the forms commonly used by medieval and modern texts. Students will be encouraged to consider the evolution of Latinity and to read the language with greater confidence.

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Intensive Renaissance Latin

4 - 8 January 2021

The Warburg Institute is offering a one week intensive course in Renaissance Latin.

This course is designed for students at intermediate level. It will focus on grammar and syntax in the mornings, and in the afternoon session on Latin texts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. 

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Modern Italian (Beginners and Intermediate) and Renaissance Italian (Advanced)

8 October 2020 - 25 March 2021, Wednesdays/Thursdays depending on level

The Warburg Institute's Italian language provision is designed to help students access historical scholarship on the Renaissance and primary textual sources for the period. Beginner and intermediate classes provide a grounding in fundamental Italian grammar and vocabulary, developing students' reading and translation skills, and introducing them to relevant specialised language. The advanced class will consolidate students' understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of Renaissance Italian, with a focus on translating authentic source material into English.

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Meet the Warburg: Lucy Nicholas, Lecturer in Latin and Ancient Greek

In this blog post, Dr Lucy Nicholas tells us what to expect in one of her classes.



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