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Classics

The Classics Department aims to:

  • provide a rewarding experience in the study of Latin & Ancient Greek

  • lay a foundation for the study of other related world languages, and

  • enable students to understand and appreciate the development and achievements of contemporary Western civilization.

We do this first through a carefully programmed study of the Latin language. Secondly, though no less importantly, we do this through an examination of Classical civilization: its history, culture, mythology, literature, and art.

Study of the Latin language enables the student who perseveres to read some of the finest and most influential works in world literature. Equally valuable, it significantly enhances the student's knowledge of English, in both vocabulary and grammar: 70-80% of English vocabulary is derived directly or indirectly from Latin and Ancient Greek.

We explore the far-reaching accomplishments of the Roman and ancient Greek civilizations so that students can appreciate the social, political, literary, and artistic aspects of contemporary Western civilization.

Classical Greek 6

A basic Classical Greek reading program is offered in 6th grade. In addition to becoming familiar with the Greek alphabet, Greek vocabulary, and language structure, students are introduced to the study of English derivatives based on the Greek vocabulary studied. Greek mythology and a background in ancient Greek history and culture also comprise a part of the curriculum—as do several course-related projects, both individual and group, done throughout the year. Technology is used on a regular basis to reinforce and enrich the learning process.

Available to grade 6; Semester

Latin 7

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basics of the Latin language. Strong emphasis is placed on strengthening grammatical skills, in English as well as Latin, and in familiarizing students with the wide range of English words derived from Latin (70-80% of English vocabulary comes directly or indirectly from Latin and Ancient Greek). An introduction to Roman history, culture, and family life are also part of the curriculum. Study of mythology is continued through an overview of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. Technology is used appropriately to enrich course offerings.

Available to grade 7; Semester

Latin 8

Latin 8 provides a solid foundation in the reading of Latin for comprehension and for the understanding of the structure of the Latin language. While strengthening grammatical skills, the course also links the study of Latin vocabulary with English derivatives. The precision and logic of the language should make the students aware of the keenness of the Roman intellect and the great heritage of the Roman civilization. English readings and adapted Latin passages afford a study of the customs of the Roman people. Extended study of myths provides a solid foundation for further literary study. Technology is used to enrich the various areas of the curriculum.

Available to grade 8; Full Year

Latin 1

Latin 1 provides a solid foundation in the reading of Latin for comprehension and for the understanding of the structure of the Latin language. While strengthening grammatical skills, the course also links the study of Latin vocabulary with English derivatives. The precision and logic of the language should make the students aware of the keenness of the Roman intellect and the great heritage of the Roman civilization. English readings and adapted Latin passages afford a study of the customs of the Roman people. Extended study of myths provides a solid foundation for further literary study. Technology is used to enrich the various areas of the curriculum.

Available to grades 9-12; Full Year

Latin 2H

Latin 2H offers students the challenge to master more complex grammatical constructions and Latin vocabulary will continue to enhance the students' awareness of English derivatives. As an Honors course, the pace will be swifter and students will have a greater opportunity to explore the history and culture of ancient Rome as well as its mythology and literature through extensive experiential projects and class discussions. Adapted readings from selected ancient Roman authors serve as an introduction to the literature of the classical world. Technology and use of the Internet are integrated as appropriate.

Available to grades 9-12; Full Year

Latin 3

After a review of grammar, students will read selected works - in both prose and poetry - by Roman authors such as Apuleius, Ovid, Martial, and Catullus. The cultural and political background of the authors will be studied simultaneously. Continuing their study of mythology, students will also read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in translation. Technology and use of the Internet are integrated as appropriate.

Available to grades 10-12; Full Year

Latin 3H

Latin 3H is an accelerated course extending from September through June. After a brief review of grammar, the students will read selected works by Roman authors such as Apuleius, Ovid, Martial, and Catullus. The readings will consist of both prose and poetry. At the same time, the cultural and political background of the authors is studied. Students also read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in translation. Technology and use of the Internet are integrated as appropriate.

Available to grades 10-12; Full Year

Latin 4

Students will continue their study of Roman authors, reading selections from writers such as Cicero, Propertius, Ovid, Pliny, and Tibullus. As in previous courses, the cultural and political setting of the authors will be studied simultaneously. Students will continue their study of Roman history, culture, and artistic expression. They will also be introduced to Greek tragedy through a reading of selected plays in translation. Technology and use of the Internet are integrated as appropriate.

Available to grades 11-12; Full Year

Latin 4H

Students will continue their study of Roman authors, reading selections from writers such as Cicero, Ovid, Pliny, Petronius, and Vergil. As in previous courses, the cultural and political setting of the authors will be studied simultaneously. As an Honors course, the pace will be swifter and more extensive. Students will continue their study of Roman history, culture, and artistic expression. They will also be introduced to Greek tragedy through a reading of selected plays in translation. Technology and use of the internet are integrated as appropriate.

Available to grades 11-12; Full Year

Advanced Placement Latin

This course is a comprehensive, college-level study of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid. Students will read substantial portions of both works in Latin, and the entirety of both works in translation. Considerable literary analysis will be required; thus students should not only have excellent Latin skills, but also be strong English students. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination.

Available to grade 12; Full Year

World Philosophy

World Philosophy is an experiential class designed to get you to think.  “Think about what?” you might ask.  Well, about everything.  This class has a number of goals, but it boils down to this: to broaden your perspectives and challenge your assumptions so that you can better understand you, the world, and your place in it. Beyond that, studying philosophy should help you think more critically, deepen your ability to analyze, and force you to question any basic assumptions, skills essential to the study of any topic (from math to science to literature to art to history to language) and in most professions.

Available to grades 11-12; Full Year 

Classical Mythology

From Harry Potter to the names of our planets, from constellations and Zodiac signs to companies like Nike, Amazon. com, and Starbucks, the characters, symbols, stories, and meanings of Classical mythology are all around us. But what are the real stories behind them? What do the symbols mean and the names represent? Take Classical Mythology and find out. This course will focus on reading Classical myths, exploring techniques of storytelling and presentation, both in written and oral forms, and examining analytical techniques, archetypes, symbology, and the important role of Classical myths in modern culture and literature.

Available to grades 10-11; Semester

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