When the Faculty of Arts was founded at the University of Ljubljana in 1919, the Department of Classics was one of the founding departments. Ancient Greek and Latin formed part of the curriculum and figured prominently in many other disciplines. The first professor of Latin was Ivan Lunjak, who had been lecturing in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Odessa.
After the Second World War the head professors at the department were Andrej Sovrè (1885–1963) and Milan Grošelj (1902–1979). The two were instrumental in developing the study and linking it with a number of disciplines.
In 1976 the Slovene Association of Antique and Humanistic Studies was founded with the aim of promoting the culture of Roman and Greek antiquity. The association, assisted by the Department of Classics, helps professionals and other interested individuals by providing relevant information and by organising debates, literary presentations, and other related events. The association publishes the journal Keria, Studia Latina et Graeca, which brings together all areas of Greek and Latin studies.
The last twenty years have seen considerable progress towards an reaffirmation of the study of classical languages, made possible by young researchers as well as the advancement of a renewed, modernised study of Latin and Ancient and Modern Greek.
International collaboration and student exchange
The department is active in international student exchange, mainly with universities from the region. Students have the opportunity to pursue part of their studies abroad, at universities in Vienna, Prague, Brno, Zagreb, and Athens, within the framework of the ERASMUS Programme.