Classics

Subject Overview

Students of the classical languages of Latin and Greek are uniquely able to gain direct access to the culture, history, literature and thought of civilisations which have inspired later generations.  

Latin at SMH begins in Figures, and continues through Ruds and into LG, with the opportunity to begin the language in Ruds or LG; Greek is introduced in a taster course for LG. Each language is available to GCSE, A level and IB. The languages are not easy, but Stonyhurst pupils achieve excellent results, and the satisfaction that comes from success should not be underestimated: our pupils often enjoy the intellectual challenge! Pupils learn to read and appreciate original literature, engaging with cultures that have much in common with our own yet at the same time are very different. 

Both languages thus help learners to develop skills and intellectual flexibility which will be useful for a wide range of other subjects and careers: classicists are certainly not just found in academia, but in every industry, up to and including board level. Indeed, NASA sees the value of classical knowledge and training in understanding how to develop interfaces between humans and autonomous systems! 

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