Macquarie Ancient Languages School
The Macquarie Ancient Languages School (MALS) provides an opportunity to engage with ancient cultures through the study of their languages in a friendly and stimulating environment. MALS offers intensive courses in Greek, Egyptian, Latin (winter only), Coptic, Hebrew, and Akkadian. Our week-long sessions run on the Macquarie University campus (North Ryde, NSW) in January and July each year and are led by our team of dedicated tutors. Many are postgraduate students embarking on research in relevant fields or language teachers working in the secondary or tertiary sector.
The School employs methods designed to support adult learners (16 years of age and up) from a wide range of backgrounds. You may, for instance, be a university student wanting to begin your engagement with ancient languages or strengthen existing skills and experience. You may be someone who has always been wanting to learn one of the languages we offer or one of our many MALS veterans who enjoys exploring new texts with like-minded people.
MALS forms a key component of the Macquarie Ancient History Department's community outreach program. Whether you are new to the school or a returning participant we hope you will enjoy the friendly, supportive, and stimulating atmosphere of the School, of which we are very proud.
Dates for upcoming MALS Winter and Summer Weeks can be found on our Upcoming Events page.
The 2020 Summer Week Program will be available from mid-September.
Enrolment for the MALS 2020 Summer Week will be available from mid-September.
The Macquarie Ancient Languages School began in 1982 as an intensive summer school in ancient Greek based at St Ignatius College (Riverview), Sydney. It relocated to Macquarie University in 1983. The School has expanded over the years and now offers courses in a variety of ancient languages associated with the teaching and research programs of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.
Associate Professor Trevor Evans has been Director of MALS since 2015. He has a long association with the School, attending first as a student in the late 1980s and on many later occasions as a tutor.
Together with the late Professor Kevin Lee (Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney, 1992–2001) he also co-founded the Sydney Latin Summer School, which he co-directed in the period 1995–9.
Trevor is a linguist specialising in ancient Greek, especially in the post-classical (or Koine) phase of the language's development, and also has research interests in ancient and medieval Latin.
In the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie he is Director of the Ancient Languages Program and teaches ancient Greek and Latin.
MALS Volunteer Staff
Genevieve is an ancient historian and the main administrator of MALS. She graduated in 2013 from Macquarie University with a PhD in Ancient History and is currently working on several writing projects, including publications related to her doctoral thesis on the 5th century CE historians Socrates and Sozomen. Genevieve is passionate about MALS and its capacity to provide historians with opportunities to learn and advance their study of ancient languages.
Administrator and Tutor
Samuel is currently completing an MRES at Macquarie University, researching post classical Greek in the Septuagint. He has taught Latin and Greek for MALS over the past two years and worked on Trevor Evans and John Lee's 'Greek-English Lexicon of the Zenon Archive' project. Ask Samuel about verbs meaning “to make war” in the Pentateuch and the books of Kingdoms.