The Classics Department aims to provide all our pupils with a challenging, intellectual experience at a level appropriate to their age, whether in language, literature or civilisation.
We hope that, to whatever level pupils study the subject, they will have positive recollections of their lessons and will feel that they have gained insights into elements of western European and other societies: language, literature, law, attitude to religion, political structures and technology.
WHY IS GREEK EXCITING AT CLSG?
The language and culture of ancient Greece has gripped Western imagination for 2000 years. This is no accident; the Greeks' influence is still evident all around. This fast-paced course is one of few opportunities to study the language.
Ideal for enthusiastic and able linguists, students will concentrate on language work in Year 10, utilising various computer programs to boost grammar and vocabulary learning. In Year 11, they will progress to reading the two set texts and focus on translations. The Greek set books are selections from one prose author and one verse author. There are also various opportunities to visit lectures, plays and museums as appropriate.
Students read in the original language some of the most influential works of poetry and prose in Western Literature, and gain a deep insight into the way language works through the medium of interesting and thought-provoking texts. As well as being worthwhile languages in themselves, Greek is a fantastic resource for developing advanced thinking skills which are valued highly by employers. Classical subjects do not commit you to one degree or another. They lead precisely to the same job as any non-vocational subject. All of the above combine well with all arts subjects, and many girls who study science enjoy Greek as a contrast.
GCSE: OCR. The examination comprises two language papers, one prose literature and one verse literature paper.
A Level: OCR
WHY IS LATIN EXCITING AT CLSG?
Latin is far from being a dead language. At City there are many reasons why studying Latin is interesting and exciting:
- Students enjoy the challenge and discipline of learning a highly inflected language
- We read quality works of ancient literature in the original
- We make interesting comparisons between the ancient world and today
- Latin helps to improve spelling and widen English vocabulary
- It provides a key to many modern European languages
- The study of a classical language teaches students to solve problems, think precisely and communicate clearly
"I love Latin because of the ancient history and glory which surrounds the Roman Empire. It is fascinating to learn a language which was universal and still influences all of our culture and language today." Ania
Students focus on the life of ancient Romans living in Italy, Roman Egypt and Roman Britain. From the outset of the course, we read Latin stories set firmly in a Roman context, with language points introduced into the stories and analysed after reading.
While language work accounts for most of the students’ time, the study of the background is an integral part of the course. Students are encouraged to notice the contribution of Latin to English vocabulary and learn to interpret and evaluate archaeological and simple written evidence.
Years 10 - 11
Students who choose this subject can expect to be reading real Latin literature by the spring of Year 10. They will study set texts, including a selection of poetry and prose and supplement their academic studies with trips to museums, lectures and plays as appropriate.
Students read in the original language some of the most influential works of poetry and prose in Western Literature, and gain a deep insight into the way language works through the medium of interesting and thought-provoking texts. Latin is a fantastic resource for developing advanced thinking skills which are valued highly by employers. Classical subjects do not commit you to one degree or another. They lead precisely to the same job as any non-vocational subject. All of the above combine well with all arts subjects, and many girls who study science enjoy Latin as a contrast.
GCSE: OCR. The examination comprises two language papers - one prose literature and one verse literature paper.
A Level: OCR
WHY IS CLASSICAL CIVILISATION EXCITING AT CLSG?
- We study outstanding achievements in art, architecture, drama and literature
- The subject has huge variety. We cover a wide breadth of ideas in art, philosophy and history, as well as drama and literature
- Students relate what they have learnt from the classical world to a modern context
- We develop skills which can be transferred to other disciplines - the ability to observe, abstract and analyse information; students learn to pay due regard to evidence and develop a sympathetic awareness of the motives and attitudes of people of a different time and culture.
- It is a great partner to all arts and science subjects and is highly regarded by all universities including Oxbridge.
Students take one compulsory component: The World of the Hero (40% of total A level)
This consists of an in depth study of:
• Greek epic - either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey
• Roman epic - Virgil’s Aeneid.
The second component is entitled Culture and the Arts. This involves the study of visual and material culture and in all options except Greek Art, the study of literature in translation (30% of total A Level)
Students must study one of the following:
• Greek theatre (including tragic texts – Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Bacchae and the comic text, Aristophanes’ Frogs)
• Imperial image (how Roman emperors ‘spin’ their image – a mixture of history, literary analysis and art analysis)
• Invention of the barbarian (looks at the Persian wars and Greek identity; includes study of ancient plays and historiography).
• Greek art (includes study of free-standing sculpture, architectural sculpture and vase-painting)
The third component is entitled Beliefs and Ideas. This involves the study of an area of classical thought, in combination with the study of literature in translation and/or visual and material culture (30% of total A Level)
Students must study one of the following:
• Greek religion
• Love and relationships (looks at ancient writers’ ideas on love and desire)
• Politics of the Late Republic (Roman history)
• Democracy and the Athenians
A Level - OCR
RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES
In February 2014, there will be a joint Classics and Geography trip to Italy. We
In February 2015, members of the department organized a joint Classics and Geography trip for year 7 to Italy. We visited the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis. We also visited Mount Vesuvius and the volcano at Solfatara.
In February 2015, we also organized a Classics trip to Athens and Delphi for students studying classical subjects in years 10-13. We visited the archaeological sites of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora at Athens, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. We also visited the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Archaeological Museum at Delphi and the church of Osios Loukas near Delphi.
"Studying Greek and Latin is a perfect combination of language and literature with the added benefit of leaning about great civilisations that influenced life today so much." Jenny
"Classics is such a wonderful subject because it combines so many areas. From ancient history to philosophy and of course the languages. You find that Latin and Greek have influenced so many other languages and learning them is such a fantastic experience. You will definitely enjoy studying classical languages." Hero
Head of Department: Mr D Themistocleous