Classics

Overview

At Eltham College, we aim to provide all students with a basic education in Latin and Classics. By studying Latin, students learn about how languages develop, exploring relationships between this ancient language and many modern languages. We also study the history of the Classical world through ancient literature, art and archaeology.

Curriculum

Lessons are varied; from basic grammar and vocabulary, to discussions about Vesuvius, Roman Britain and The Trojan War.

At A level students gain a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of Classics and the Classical World, developing their Latin skills further and reading key set texts by authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero and Livy.

OCR A level Latin 

Trips, activities and clubs

The Classics department recognises the importance of seeing Classics ‘in action’, whether that be by visiting museums and galleries to discuss and handle ancient artefacts or taking trips to ancient sites such as Bath, Hadrian’s Wall, Rome and Pompeii.

Recent and future trips include:

  • Cambridge Greek Play with Years 11 and 12
  • The Cambridge Classics Faculty with Years 10, 11 and 12

 We also offer Ancient Greek for Beginners as an optional club, as well as Classics Society in the Sixth Form for students intending to study Classics or Ancient History at university.

Staff

  • Dr E Michalopoulou BA, MA, PhD (Head of Classics)
  • Mr J Barnes MA