We are a small society run by passionate members. You can learn a little about us here. (For those interested, our constitution is here.)
My name is Althea and I come from Italy. I have just finished my BA in Classics with Sanskrit at Oxford. I am about to start an MPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at my beloved Somerville College. I am passionate about every aspect of grammar. I admire the writings of Pseudo-Longinus, Marcus Aurelius and the Sanskrit philosopher-grammarian Bhartṛhari. My favourite scholars are Anna Morpurgo Davies and Benedetto Croce; my favourite grammatical rule is the Pāṇinian a ā and I cannot bear the use of the term thing, except in philosophic discourse.
Salvete! I am an undergraduate classicist at Worcester College, and a committee member of the OALS, for which I co-lead the Virgil reading group, and play the lyre at Noctes Musarum. When I’m not reading, I’m always ready to discuss Nietzsche or the early Wittgenstein, and I’ve recently found a new motto:
Is Homer god? High ‘mid the gods enthrone him!
Is Homer man? Still for a god we’d own him!
Well met, visitor! I am Aron, and I study Lit. Hum. at St. Hugh’s College. As the OALS secretary, I am the one who sends all the e-mails about the Society’s business, Noctes Musarum, classes, and everything related. My interests lie primarily in history – most of all anything about the late Roman republic –, and language, but other duties permitting, one is liable to find me at an art gallery or just listening to classical music – something Baroque, preferably.
If you should have any enquiries about the Society, feel free to contact me.
Salve! My name is Adam, and I’m a third-year Classics student at Jesus College. Arriving at Oxford without any Latin, I have found the active method to be particularly helpful - and am now enthusiastic about trying to offer similar opportunities to all who would like to do so. I’m interested in all that Classics has to offer, with a particular soft spot for Lucretius.
Hello! My name is Max and I am the webmaster for the OALS. That means I am responsible for all things technical, including maintaining this website. My favourite classical author is Homer and when I'm not studying for my course I spend my time playing the lute and reading poetry. Please drop me an email if you have any questions.
Musician and Teacher
I am currently a first-year arabist at Pembroke college. If I’m not indulging in the writings of Pico della Mirandola or Cicero, I’ll be reading about Semitic comparative linguistics or playing the guitar. In my free time I love learning about Latin writing style and and the origins of Greek epic poetry. As a committee member of the society, I host the Tuesday class on Sallust where we read about the decadence of the Romanorum virtutes.
I teach ancient Greek and Latin at Jesus College and Harris Manchester College. I’m passionate about making Classics appealing and accessible to all who want to study it, no matter what background they come from, and regardless of any previous experience of ancient Greek and/or Latin. Going on a Septimana Latina in Italy run by the Oxford Latinitas Project in 2018 showed me the potential of the Active Method to help people from all backgrounds access the ancient languages with ease and fluency, and inspired me to learn how to use the method myself and subsequently to introduce it at Jesus and Harris Manchester. As well as being Senior Member of the Oxford Ancient Languages Society, I also chair the board of Oxford Latinitas. When I have any spare time I spend it on books.