S5 & S6 Classical Greek

Classical Greek is the language in which European civilisation was born.

Motivated pupils who have already shown a flair for Classical Languages may be offered the opportunity to learn this remarkable language out of class and, as they learn, to read extracts from several masterpieces of human thought.

At the beginning stand the epic works about the Trojan War: the Iliad and Odyssey. These eternal tales of heroism and war are without question the most influential pieces of literature ever written. The Histories written by Herodotus and Thucydides trace the growth, challenge, and fall of the first democracy on Earth. Greek dramas, such as Antigone, Oedipus, and Medea continue to thrill audiences today. And the philosophy of the Greek philosophers such as Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle has shaped almost every idea you have ever heard.

Out of normal lesson time, pupils may study Classical Greek for interest or choose to follow an exam course most suited to their level of interest, including GCSE, Higher, or AS level.
Depending on the course followed their Literary Appreciation study will focus on Homer's Odyssey, Plato's Republic or Lucian's sci-fi/fantasy novel A True Story.