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Classics

ἀεὶ γὰρ ἥβη τοῖς γέρουσιν εὐμαθεῖν

Every generation recognises not only its debt to its classical past, but that we owe our future to an appreciation of our shared classical heritage.

Study of Latin and Classical Greek opens an otherwise closed and dark treasure house, where we can make sense of our own literature and languages, criticise and enjoy the written word. Students of Classical Civilisation have a unique opportunity in the most comprehensive of all humanities, where they can investigate and criticise ancient Greek and Roman history, art, society, philosophy, architecture, literature and archaeology.

Teachers in the Classics Department are the most enthusiastic of subject specialists, with vast knowledge and appreciation to bring to lessons and the wider classical experience.  Mrs C. Wood, the Acting Head of Department, loves all aspects of the ancient world, especially Greek language, literature and history. She runs the UIV Greek Club. Miss V. Greenhalgh adores Greek Tragedy and runs the Senior Classics Society at FHS, 'Agora', to encourage students to think about various aspects of the ancient world from a modern perspective. Mrs J. Cohen has long been an important figure in classical circles, as a founder member of the Friends of Classics.  Mrs A. Hillier is working on her PhD on ancient Roman inscriptions. Miss H. Williams most enjoys teaching Greek epic and runs the Junior Classics Club, 'Mythical Monsters', at FHS.

Resources

In the first three years of Latin, the Department follows the Cambridge Latin Course, making good use of its excellent interactive material, online and in software. In all subjects a variety of learning resources are used, ICT is always used when most beneficial to the learning experience. We are also brilliantly placed in central London for access to the British Museum, the University of London and many regular events with focus on the classical world.  The School Library is well-resourced, and the Department also has a wide range of books on display in the Classics classrooms.

nullumst iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius

There's nothing said nowadays that's not been said before Terence (Roman dramatist)

Latin Curriculum

Key Stage 3

All girls study Latin in their first three years, preparing them well for the GCSE course. By the end of these introductory years your daughter will have a high level of sophistication with the language. At the same time she will have examined life in Pompeii, a typical Roman town, as well as the influence of the Romans on ancient Egypt and Britain.

All girls gain some experience of Classical Greek. They are given one lesson a week in the Summer Term of the Lower Fourth, and an experience week in the Upper Fourth, to promote this important language and civilisation, as well as to help them with their choices for GCSE.

GCSE

So developed is your daughter's understanding of the Latin language by this stage that she can read and write critically about original Latin literature, observing nuance, analysing detailed rhetorical techniques, translating literature according to her own subjective reaction.

Students of GCSE Latin are well prepared for further study at A Level.

A Level

Your daughter, by the end of this course, is a practised Latinist, with a broad experience of literature in its original language, and ability to read, analyse and criticise with justified confidence the words of ancient Romans. A balance of language and literature is studied, as at GCSE, but with greater focus on the personal response and more detailed critique.

Greek Curriculum

Key Stage 3

All girls gain some experience of Classical Greek in Key Stage 3, to promote this important language and civilisation, as well as to help them with their choices for GCSE.

GCSE

The benefit of a relatively small class of students of Classical Greek means the girls make fast progress. They gain a remarkable sophistication in the language and read with a critical eye as much literature as students of GCSE Latin.

Students of both GCSE Latin and Classical Greek are well prepared for further study at A Level.

A Level

Your daughter, by the end of this course, is a practised Hellenist, with a broad experience of literature in its original language, and ability to read, analyse and criticise with justified confidence the words of ancient Greeks. A balance of language and literature is studied, as at GCSE, but with greater focus on the personal response and more detailed critique.

Classical Civilisation Curriculum

GCSE

The course is truly varied, looking at ancient Greece and Rome alike, their societies and literature. Examples of topics covered are City life in ancient Athens, Homer's highly influential ‘Odyssey' and Sophocles' dramatic masterpiece ‘Antigone'.

A level

Breadth is our aim, to give your daughter the richest experience and the best preparation for continuing their study of Classics at university. We cover topics in Epic poetry, Greek Tragedy, City life in Roman Italy and Art and Architecture

Homer is new and fresh this morning, and nothing, perhaps, is as old and tired as today's newspaper

Charles Péguy (Poet and Essayist)

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