Latin at Merchant Taylors' Girls' School
Latin was the language of the ancient Romans but about a quarter of the world’s population still keep Latin alive in their speech today (latest studies state that 84% of the English language has roots in the Classical languages of Latin and Greek). The Romans dominated Britain for 400 years and much of Europe for even longer; their influence on us is deep-seated and far reaching. The A level course develops a reading skill of the Latin language and in the process develops habits of clear thinking and expression and a logical approach to problem solving. What do we study?
Students read some of the works of several Roman authors in the original - some prose and some verse - and thereby not only learn skills of literary appreciation and criticism but also gain access to the culture which produced that literature. Despair when reading about the fall of the ‘topless towers of Ilium’ from the lips of Aeneas, a desperate refugee struggling to find a new home. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as Cicero escalates his eloquent prose to convict or defend. Swoon as Ovid and Catullus open their hearts and reveal the agony and ecstasy of love.
GCSE Latin Grade A or above.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchant Taylors' Girls' School directly.