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Classics

Classics

Classics is the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilisation in all its aspects: languages, literature, art, archaeology, history, and culture.

The study of classics is highly valued at JAGS. Latin is studied throughout KS3. We follow the popular Cambridge Latin Course, which is supported by stimulating interactive exercises from its website and e-learning resources. In addition to Latin, Classical Greek and Classical Civilisation are offered at GCSE and A level, and many of our pupils continue their study of Classics at university, particularly Oxford and Cambridge.

A JOY IT WILL BE ONE DAY, PERHAPS, TO REMEMBER EVEN THIS

Virgil Aeneid1 203

We aim to provide in our linguistic and non-linguistic courses a comprehensive view of all aspects of the civilisation of Greece and Rome, and to do this in a stimulating and attractive way. Much emphasis is laid on working with original source material: direct engagement with the language, literature, and archaeological evidence enables students to form personal responses and develop their independent critical faculties. In examining the ancient world, we aim to enable the student both to appreciate the differences and similarities between ancient and modern society, and to understand the debt which European culture owes to the civilisations of Greece and Rome as well as to gain an appreciation and understanding of how language works in general. Museum and site visits, lectures and study days, performances of Greek plays and a residential trip to Greece or Italy for senior Classics students, all form an integral part of the rich experience at JAGS that enhances our pupils' experience of Classics.

THERE IS NO SUBJECT WHICH OPENS UP A WIDER RANGE OF SKILLS AND PLEASURES THAN A KNOWLEDGE OF THE CLASSICS

Angela Lambert, journalist with the Independent

PERHAPS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY (FOR MANAGEMENT) IS THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE CLEARLY AND SUCCINCTLY. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO LEARN THESE SKILLS THAN BY THE STUDY OF CLASSICS

Sir Anthony Cleaver, Former Chair of IBM, Head of UK Atomic Energy Authority

 

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