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Latin, for two thousand years the language of many of the greatest thinkers and writers of the western world, remains a living and intellectually stimulating language which is the key to understanding many central aspects of western thought and culture.

If we are to understand and use our own language effectively, and to respond fully to its literature, we must also understand the influences which have shaped and developed English. No influence has been more profound or extensive than the Classical languages – Latin and ancient Greek – and their literature. Not only does study of the languages have intrinsic value, but it also complements and illuminates other subjects, such as English, History, and the romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) which draw even more heavily on Latin than English. Mathematicians and scientists will also appreciate the logic and clarity of Latin.

Through the study of the language and literature of the Romans, students can equip themselves with cultural and intellectual skills, fire their imaginations, and deepen and develop experience by considering a wide range of aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, political, religious and social questions. Roman literature is some of the most technically brilliant and fascinating material ever written.

Unseen Translation
Translation of an unseen passage of Latin prose (Livy) into English, followed by translation of an unseen passage of Latin verse (Ovid).
Prose Composition or Comprehension
Prose Composition involves the translation of a passage of English into Latin. The alternative is a series of questions on a passage of Latin prose, with comprehension, translation, and questions on grammar and syntax.
Prose Literature
You will study Cicero’s marvellous Pro Cluento,
an elaborate murder trial, full of corruption and intrigue.
Verse Literature
You will prepare selections from Virgil’s Aeneid XII, looking at the epic final battle between Aeneas and Turnus which would decide the future of Italy.