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Classical Latin

Classical Latin develops skills which are very much in demand and is highly regarded by top universities. Studying Classical Latin will highlight students’ ability to learn and comprehend challenging subjects and will help develop logical and analytical skills, to research and to present arguments clearly and persuasively.

Classics students are valued in many different careers, such as journalism (Ian Hislop), acting and writing (Tom Stoppard, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Colin Dexter  and J.K. Rowling), academic (Mary Beard and Bettany Hughes among many others) and politics (Boris Johnson) not to mention the great number of A Level Classics students who enter medical and law schools every year.

Latin is learned with the purpose of reading some of the foundational texts of Western literature in the original language. Authors studied are Virgil, Catullus, Tacitus, Livy, Sallust, Ovid and Cicero. Girls will learn how to translate from the original Latin with articulacy, precision and subtlety, and to discuss a range of always relevant themes such as love, war, revenge, feminism, and politics. They will also have the opportunity to analyse sources critically and independently, to improve your literary skills and your own critical response to literature.

In addition, knowledge of the Latin language will improve understanding and fluency of English and other European languages.