Latin is a rigorous, very logical subject, which sharpens one’s analytical skills. Translating Latin is like solving a puzzle and, when mastered, it becomes a very satisfying challenge. Studying Latin will also allow you to develop a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally, thus considerably enhancing your ability to master modern foreign languages.
Prep school curriculum
In the first year of Latin students will be introduced to the Romans. They will study the basics of the Latin language (present tense verbs; adjectives; adverbs; prepositions) which will also help them to further understand the workings of the English language. They will study some of the most famous Latin myths (Perseus and Medusa; Odysseus and his clever plan; Daedalus and Icarus). In the following three years of the Prep school, students will build on their grammar and vocabulary knowledge (imperfect tense; perfect tense; the cases of nouns). They will also have the opportunity to do some Drama during their Latin studies.
Senior school curriculum
Students will continue to build on their grammar and vocabulary knowledge. Students will begin to learn the art of composing sentences into Latin. In addition students will be introduced to the study of Latin literature and have the opportunity to read some of the greatest Classical texts, such as Virgil’s Aeneid, the story of the destruction of Troy . They will also continue to build on their grammar and vocabulary knowledge.
Students will study Latin literature in its original form, such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a book of multiple interchanging stories based around the theme of change, Tacitus’ Annals, a history of the Roman Emperors, Catullus’ poetry, based around the themes of love and an unsuccessful relationship, and Virgil’s Aeneid. They will practise working on longer passages for literary criticism, translation and essay writing, looking closely at the style and language of each author. Students will continue to work on their Latin language, both through translation of unseen authors and composition of passages into Latin.