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Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department: Mrs Holly Bedford




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Compulsory sections:

Latin Language 1 Comprehension of Latin passages based on mythology and Roman domestic life.

Latin Language 2 Comprehension of Latin passages based on historical stories

And two from:

Verse Literature Comprehension and evaluation of a choice of set texts

Prose Literature Comprehension and evaluation of a choice of set texts (for example Pliny’s Letters or Tacitus’ History)

Roman Life Source-based study of Roman civilisation.

Why study Latin?

This subject gives you the opportunity to study the language and literature of ancient Rome, reading the works of famous authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero and Tacitus. You experience elements of the culture, language and social and political life of the Roman civilisation which has inspired many later generations. As well as being exciting and inspiring, this course helps you develop analytical skills and intellectual flexibility which will be useful in a wide range of jobs or in further study.

What Areas of Study are available?

  • Latin Language; you learn to read Latin texts in their original language;
  • Latin Literature; you read set texts by authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Pliny, Tacitus and Horace;
  • Roman Civilisation studied through Latin sources; you study simple inscriptions, photographs of Roman buildings and artefacts and short passages in English about Roman society. This area of study is optional.

What will I learn?

  • you will develop a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally, including an awareness of the relationship between Latin and the languages of today;
  • you will come to appreciate different cultures;
  • you will learn how to read texts in Latin;
  • you will read and appreciate Latin literature in its cultural context and in its original language;
  • you will learn how to communicate clearly and effectively.

carpe diem and study Latin. You will quickly find a modus operandi and make lots of progress per annum. Don’t worry about making mistakes: nil desperandum for errare est humanum. Latin is endlessly fascinating per se as well as inter alia helping you to develop important skills. Make your choice sine mora because tempus fugit. It’s a challenge, but sine labore nihil! QED


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