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With four separate subjects (Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Greek and Latin) coming under the umbrella of 'Classics', the department has much to offer pupils at every level and in many different ways.
For those pupils who choose to study either one or both of the classical languages our aim is that they should develop a thorough knowledge and understanding which will enable them to translate from and to Greek and Latin with confidence and fluency, as well as appreciating the influence of these ancient languages on those of the modern European world. For those pupils who study Classical Civilisation or Ancient History our aim is that they should gain an insight into the societies, cultures and civilisations of the Greek and Roman worlds and appreciate the western world’s debt to these two ancient societies. Each year the department achieves Oxbridge success in either or both of the language-related or history-related fields, and there are opportunities for our pupils to win recognition in prize essay competitions.
All pupils at Uppingham study a classical subject in their first year and then can choose to pursue Greek and Latin, Latin only, or Classical Civilisation for GCSE. At A level there are four separate options: Greek, Latin, Ancient History, and Classical Civilisation. A good percentage of our pupils go on to study classical subjects at university, but it is also the case that a large number use their classical option to support an application for law, history, philosophy or literature of any sort.
There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to attend talks by prominent classicists and historians and to watch performances of classical plays, both at School and at other venues. Trips to classical sites further afield are also arranged on a regular basis; recent locations have been Hadrian’s Wall, Rome, Pompeii, Greece and Libya.
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