Classics

ἃ μὴ οἶδα οὐδὲ οἴομαι εἰδέναι – ‘I do not think that I know what I do not.’ (Socrates, Apology 21d)

The ancient societies of Greece and Rome, and their forebears, inform many aspects of modern life through their languages, cultures, and ideas.

The Classics department is committed to promoting the excitement and intellectual training to be gained from studying these.

The language curriculum at every level stretches pupils far beyond the demands of exam syllabuses, but as a department we are far more than that. We aim to broaden pupils’ knowledge about the vibrant history and culture of the ancient world and give it a footing in contemporary life. We do this through a challenging yet exciting course incorporating Latin, Greek, and Ancient History.

Co-curricular

We run an annual Fourth Form trip to the Bay of Naples and biennial trips to other sites of classical interest for the other year groups. We also take trips to performances of Greek drama, conferences, competitions, and exhibitions. There are also two classical societies to which boys of all ages contribute.

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Bay of Naples Trip
Bay of Naples Trip
Bay of Naples Trip
Bay of Naples Trip
Bay of Naples Trip
Greece Trip - Mycenae (Lion Gate)
Greece Trip - Parthenon
Greece Trip - Sparta
London Greek - Latin Reading Competition

Classical and Pegasus Societies

The Classical Society offers talks that encompass the full breadth of classical studies: literature, history, philosophy, art and linguistics.

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Senior Trips – Age 13 - 18

St Paul’s School has a rich and varied trips programme.

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