Classics is the generic term for the study of the Greek and Roman languages, history, society, culture, religion and archaeology. No other subject area spans such a wide range of different and interesting elements, from literature to philosophy, from Linear A and Linear B to Greek and Latin, from temple architecture and vase painting to burial mounds, from matricide to suicide, from Celts to Celtiberians, from Picts to Parthians; in fact, you name it and Classics will have it covered somewhere down the line.

At MGS we offer

  •  Language courses in Latin from Year 7 to A Level (subject to availability)
  •  Classical Civilisation is taught at GCSE and A Level and is a non-linguistic subject that requires no knowledge at all of Latin or Greek; just a love of the world of the Greeks and Romans.

No one can deny the influence of the Greeks and Romans on world civilisation even today; the ancient Greek idea of democracy continues to be regarded as the ideal form of government; the Roman senate lives on in American politics; theatre is still a very popular career and art form; and Latin continues to feature prominently in the language of lawyers and doctors and is the preferred language for use in mottoes and on coinage; it is also the root language for French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish, and will give you a real head start when learning them.

Latin and Classical Civilisation obviously go well with each other at A level [yes, you can study both], but they also complement English, History, Mathematics, MFL, Politics, Philosophy and Science.

University degrees in classical subjects are highly regarded and students with a good honours degree in Classics can expect to be a hot commodity and in great demand by employers.

Departmental Staff

Miss EV Adams
Head of Department
Miss R E Johnson Deputy Head 
Mrs E Van Mol Teacher of Latin (Lower School)
Mr G Blogg Trainee Teacher of Classics

Courses Followed

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Key Stage 5