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Latin had been taught at Glasgow University since its foundation in 1451 . It was the language of University life, spoken during and after lectures. However, there was very little study of Latin literature. This changed in 1574 with the appointment as Principal Regent of Andrew Melville , who reorganised the curriculum and instituted new methods of teaching, giving more emphasis to the teaching of Greek and Latin Literature than had previously been the case. He also oversaw the implementation of the University's new charter, the Nova Erectio in 1577 . Under the Nova Erectio the teaching of Latin was in the hands of the Regents, and the title of Professor of Humanity is occasionally applied to one of their number from 1618 onwards. By 1637 Humanity and Greek were taught as separate subjects. The scheme of studies and examinations in Arts drawn up in 1648 provides for the teaching of Latin in the first year and the teaching of Greek in the second year.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Commission of Visitation of 1664 a separate Professorship was instituted in 1682 , its first professor being James Young . However the University was unable to provide a salary and Young left the post in 1687 . The Arts Faculty then suppressed the Humanity class until the College revenues improved. The Chair of Humanity was revived in 1706 with the appointment of Andrew Ross ( 1706-1735 ). A full list of the University's professors from 1451 to 2001 can be found at http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/about/publish/elecpubs.html In 1988 the Departments of Humanity and Greek merged to form the Department of Classics.
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Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, archives assistant, January 2002 and John O'Brien, archives assistant, October 2002 .