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The Oxford Ancient Languages Society

We are a student-run society at Oxford that exists for the promotion of the active use of ancient languages. We offer classes open to all students and teachers at the university as well as reading groups and other social activities. Our site can also be accessed in Latin, select the drop-down box at the top-right of the page!


Freshers Week 2023!

Have you ever wanted to discuss Cicero in Latin? Or talk about your interests in Ancient Greek? Or even to introduce yourself in Sanskrit? If you have (but even if you have not), the Oxford Ancient Languages Society (OALS) invites you to our Gustationes, or active Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit taster sessions, for an afternoon devoted to language and conversation. These will be held on Sunday 8th October, from 2pm, at the Ship Street Centre, Jesus College. You will practice some key sentences in Ancient Greek, Latin, and/or Sanskrit, and will either learn the basics, or start to activate your existing knowledge, of these wonderful languages, by beginning use them in conversation. Besides classes, there will be time for casual chatting and refreshment, as well as singing in Latin and Greek. All are welcome. So do come along, whether or not you have ever studied these languages before. If you are interested in attending, please fill in the following form, or alternatively write to Please do get in touch if you have any questions, or even if you are not able to come but would still like to be added to our mailing list. We hope to see many of you soon! 


We currently offer in-person group classes to any student or teacher at the university. These range from beginner Latin and Greek to reading classes. All of these are taught in the active method, meaning plenty of speaking!



You can read some of our writings right here on our website.

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