"When a woman is tired of Classics, she is tired of life!" - Anon
How true! Classics can satisfy the greatest thirst for knowledge across the broadest spectrum of enquiry. It is about deep issues and in studying it we explore themes that are still fundamental to the concerns of modern life. Classics helps you to develop your understanding on issues that people over the centuries have fought and died for: democracy, religion and slavery. We study the role of women, the victims of war and the nature of man, all to the accompaniment of some of the greatest works of western art and literature. Studying Classics will open your eyes to our cultural heritage that lies hidden to so many people and give you a greater perspective that will support all aspects of your study and life ahead.
In Year 7, most students study Latin from scratch and learn about Roman culture and society in the small, provincial town of Pompeii. A large majority of students opt to continue their study of Latin in Year 8, where they learn about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and how this affects the fortunes of Caecilius and his family. In Year 8, students also learn how the Romans’ occupation of Britain influenced the lives of Celtic people and enhanced the culture of this solitary island. Students in Year 9 evaluate the contribution the ancient Greeks and Romans made to science through their study of the Roman occupation of Egypt.
The real joy of Classics develops in Year 10, when students begin to read the original literature of the ancients and appreciate the extent of their influence on the modern world. Both Latin and Classical Greek are offered at GCSE and A-level, and for those students who remain fascinated by the culture, politics and society of the ancient world but who prefer to study in translation, Classical Civilisation remains a popular A-level choice.
There is also an opportunity to explore the ancient world at first hand with a biennial trip to Rome and Sorrento. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Rome’s iconic sights before venturing south to Sorrento, where students have the opportunity to climb mighty Mount Vesuvius and explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum!
There are also numerous events and competitions throughout the year to enhance classroom learning, including Year 7 Roman Day, The Greeks vs. The Romans debate in togas, The Guildford Classical Association’s Greek and Latin Reading Competition, Year 8 trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace, British Museum exhibitions, along with performances of Greek tragedies at local theatres!