From September 2019, first year students will be able to study Classics for their Junior Cylce. This subject combines elements of the Ancient Greek, Classical Studies, and Latin, which have previously been taken as stand alone courses. The new subject will merge the three and offer students the opportunity to engage with the culture, literature, languages, art and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, as part of a single curriculum.
How will Classics be useful to me?
Students will study two strands:
- Strand 1 will be the Core Component, which will be taken by all students.
- Strand 2 will give students the option to study either (a) Classical Studies or (b) Classical Language
Strand 1, the Core Component
, will provide all students with a foundation in the key aspects of Greek and Roman culture by exploring mythical storytelling and the realities of daily life in these ancient civilisations.
Strand 2, Classical Studies,
will focus on two key areas:The World of Achilles -
students will examine the social dynamics of Greek epic through the lens of Homer's Iliad.
Rome, Centre of an Empire -
students will explore Rome's significance as the seat of its empire.
Through the exploration of this sophisticated imperial capital, students will build an understanding of the public life, history and politics of one of the most powerful empires in history.
Strand 3, Classical Language
, will give students the opportunity to learn either Latin or Ancient Greek. The study of their chosen language will open up a world or literature, thought and history, which has largely informed present day western culture.