Students will continue with their study of the Cambridge Latin Course up to Book 4, building upon their previous knowledge of vocabulary and grammar learned at Key Stage 3. They can then expect to progress to studying actual literature written by Romans living two thousand years ago.
Latin Language Prose Literature
Unit 1 is examined in a 1 hour 30 minutes paper (50% of marks)
Students build on their previous knowledge and understanding of grammar and vocabulary, learning new constructions which will allow them to translate unseen Latin passages of a higher standard and some basic sentences from English to Latin.
|UNIT: 2||For the prose literature section of the course, students study extracts from the historian Tacitus in the original Latin. Firstly we explore Tacitus’ account of the suspicious murder of Germanicus, the heir to the emperor Tiberius. We then study a letter written by Pliny about the shameless parasite Regulus, who made a living out of being named in the wills of the vulnerable|
|UNIT: 3||For the verse literature section of the course, students study extracts from Aeneid Book 4 by the poet Virgil. This tells the epic story of Aeneas, a Trojan and refugee from his city, which had been destroyed by the Greeks. This book focuses on Aeneas’ recollection of the night Troy was destroyed by the Greeks.|
Latin is a highly esteemed subject, valued by universities and employers, and is directly relevant to students who wish to pursue Medicine, Law, English or a Modern Language at a higher level. It is a subject which not only teaches language skills, encouraging precision, accuracy and logical thought but also provides an appreciation of our cultural and literary heritage. Students will have the chance to visit Classical sites both in the UK and abroad. We run a visit to either Italy or Greece every year.