In recent years, Classics has shaken off its dry and stuffy image to become recognised as a vibrant and meaningful area of study. Gone are the days of dusty old primers and endless, meaningless exercises.
We look at the role of Latin in the evolution of modern European languages, such as Spanish, French and English, in order to give pupils insight into the nature of language and an improved appreciation of their own tongue.
Learning about the dynamics of language helps develop children’s powers of analysis and deduction, encouraging them to approach complex situations, both academic and non-academic, in a more systematic, constructive and intelligent way.
Pupils study Roman history, specifically around events in Pompeii in 79 AD, Roman Britain in the time of Agricola, and Roman Egypt in 85 AD. Through research and discussion, we compare these periods with the modern era, giving pupils an appreciation of the influence the Romans had on our culture and an insight into the way societies evolve.
This approach provides an interesting context for the study of Latin, encouraging children to learn more willingly, and to learn more.
Why Study At Clifton College?
Although Greek is not on the curriculum timetable, it is offered as an activity, taught by a member of the Upper School Classics Department. Able linguists are encouraged to attend this club.
We organise trips to Chedworth Roman villa, the ancient capital of Corinium (Cirencester), and the legionary fortress at Caerleon. There are also regular trips to Rome and Pompeii.