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.

Classical Greek


Classical Greek - Beginners

Wednesdays, 7 October - 2 December 2020, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Warburg Institute offers an eight-session online course across the Autumn Term in Classical Greek for complete beginners. 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. 




Classical Greek - Intermediate

Mondays, 5 October - 30 November 2020, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Warburg Institute offers an eight-session online intermediate language course across the Autumn Term 2020, aimed at those who have some grounding in Classical Greek. It is expected that students will already have a decent grasp of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and verbs (active forms in the present, future, imperfect and aorist tenses, and present, future and aorist participles). 




Classical Greek - Advanced

Mondays, 5 October - 30 November 2020, 11am - 12pm

In 2020-2021 the Warburg Institute offers a new eight-session online reading course in Classical Greek for advanced level students. It is a text-based course, and the focus in Term 1 (Autumn 2020) will be Sophocles' Philoctetes. 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. 






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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Latin Palaeography

Fridays, 9 October - 18 December 2020

In this course we shall be reading reproductions of manuscripts written in Latin between the twelfth and seventeenth century and getting to know the letter forms, the systems of abbreviation and punctuation, and sometimes the relationship between a text and its illustration. Since understanding of what the text should mean aids in the decipherment of the words, the passages will also be translated. The texts will be tackled in order of their readability and complexity. The aim will be to familiarise the student with different forms of handwriting, and with the remarkably constant repertoire of abbreviations used, so that he or she can confidently approach any manuscript written in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

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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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