Classical Languages

The IB Diploma programme provides an opportunity to explore the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome. Through the study of classical texts and interaction with the culture of Greece and Rome. ”
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The course will encourage an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from ancient cultures, develops students’ appreciation of the literary and provides opportunities for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through individual research.

Latin has had a major influence on the development of most modern European languages, while the rich and varied literature of Greece and Rome have left their mark on almost every genre of modern writing.

The study of Classical Languages gives important insights into the cultures that produced them and offers a bridge between the contemporary world and the civilisations of antiquity. Much contemporary thinking is still informed by the political, religious and legal principles of the Greek and Roman world and the course includes a study of their historical development and wider cultural achievements.

Opportunities are also offered in the research section of the course for a study of their technological and artistic achievements, which remain an inspiration for artists, architects and civil engineers across the world. Latin is, therefore, an ideal choice of subject to combine with other courses such as English, History or Philosophy, Theatre or Visual Arts, Mathematics, Medicine and the Sciences.

The Classics Department provides many opportunities to attend external lectures, visit museums, exhibitions and local archaeological sites. Residential trips are also offered further afield from Hadrian’s Wall to Italy and Greece. Students are also encouraged to assist in the many classical activities and clubs running in both Senior and Prep School.

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