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Latin Department

Mrs L Wheat, Head of Department

Latin strengthens knowledge and credentials in a host of fields including medicine, law, science, archaeology, anthropology, politics, art, literature and linguistics. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, studied classics and has credited this subject for his success at gaining a place at Harvard.

“Apart from sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans done for us?”

The Life of Brian, Monty Python.

The aim of the Latin Department at Thorpe House is threefold:

To provide a sound linguistic grounding in the grammar and vocabulary of the Latin language so that pupils will be able to translate and understand Latin texts.  Latin is at the root of English and a host of Romance languages including French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.  A knowledge of Latin helps with English grammar and syntax; it also assists in understanding derivations since half of English vocabulary has its roots in it.  Latin teaches boys accuracy and logic; the rules are formulaic and suit the way boys learn.  Boys’ academic careers are benefitted by knowledge of Latin as they learn the importance of discipline, structure, attention to detail, accuracy, patience and precision.

To engender an interest in the Greek and Roman civilisations by learning background history topics and analysing historical source material. Boys will be equipped for life with an in-depth knowledge of the major ancient civilisations and understand how historical events have helped to shape our present world.  Cicero once said that no one can understand modern civilisation without knowledge of the major cultures that give rise to it.  Boys at Thorpe House are able to attend a weekly Roman club where they can talk to like-minded pupils about all things Roman; they are also able to handle genuine Greek and Roman artefacts to help bring the subject to life.

To foster a love of the great classics of Roman literature.  Boys are introduced to authors such as Virgil, Pliny, Tacitus, Catullus and Martial and become proficient at analysing key themes and stylistic devices in major works of literature.  Boys thus gain excellent insights into literary language’s beauty and its dynamics and become better writers themselves.  Influential Roman writings introduce significant personalities and influential ideas which have helped shape the world.

Finally, Latin strengthens knowledge and credentials in a host of fields including medicine, law, science, archaeology, anthropology, politics, art, literature and linguistics. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, studied classics and has credited this subject for his success at gaining a place at Harvard.  He once famously quoted Virgil’s Aeneid at a Facebook project launch and he regards Latin as one of the keys to his being worth 6.9 billion dollars!

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