Classics

Our splendid new statue of William Gladstone gives a timely and timeless reminder of our tradition, foundation and heritage. Moreover the Grand Old Man himself would smile at the way in which The Classics here at Coll survive, thrive and indeed continue to flourish. Classical Greek, Latin and Ancient History are taught throughout the school to sustained and increasing numbers of our pupils. Glenalmond alumni study the Classics and Ancient History and Archaeology in good numbers at University.

This year we were addressed at our Cambridge alumni dinner by William Sutton OG, distinguished author and Classicist; how many Latin teachers can claim, as he, to have played Cricket for Brazil? We await the November visit of Professor Tom Harrison of the University of Liverpool who will deliver the keynote address to our meeting of teachers and pupils under the aegis of SCIS. Pupils have signed up for Italia 2011 in unprecedented numbers; we have restricted the travellers to a mere 40 ! We will make a substantial pilgrimage to the cinema for Kevin MacDonald OG's new film about the Roman Legions in Britain.

As ever, we Classicists offer erudition, enlightenment and entertainment in the Classroom and beyond.

Old JDW and young GWJP are both little short of steeped in the ways of Oxford and Glenalmond, "true blue" in the holistic approach to Language, Literature, History and Philosophy.

At GCSE where we now sport two Latin sets in the 4th Form, we teach the Tacitus,  Cicero and Virgil options on the Literary papers. In Classical Greek we offer Herodotus and Euripides. Our healthy numbers in both languages in the 2010 exams garnered a record number of A* grades.

At AS we read Cicero, Ovid, Homer and Lysias, in preparation for the OCR examinations. It may seem trite to remind all that no subject offers a greater variety of Literature than Classical Greek and Latin; trite but telling; and Gladstone would be pleased that while the School play is an adaptation of Sophocles, there are pupils at Glenalmond and alumni/ae at University studying Sophocles in the original.

At A2 we study Imperial Rome and The Athenian Empire to complement AS studies which involved Early Sparta and The Age of Augustus through Greek and Roman sources. From Caledonia to California our Carmen resonates in glorious Latin. Floreat Glenalmond and well might we add to that Linguae Latina Graecaque floreant!

 


 

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