Why choose Latin?
The key to a rich and influential literature and to a range of modern languages.
Through Latin you will gain access to a rich literature, giving rise to debate on Roman poetry, history, philosophy and culture. These are not seen in isolation, but are compared with modern literature, events
By learning Latin you will gain:
- linguistic skills, enhancing your understanding and use of English and other modern languages (especially French, Italian and Spanish). Over 50% of English words are derived from Latin.
- skills of literary appreciation, helping you to understand and analyse texts in any language, including English
- analytical and communication skills, enabling you to gather, analyse and present information in a form easily understood by others.
This is useful for both arts and science students and is essential for most jobs too. There are also opportunities for developing research and presentation skills.
“I really enjoy studying Latin as I find looking in detail at the structure of a language really fascinating and I like translating the stories which give a window onto Roman history.”
Latin gives students the key to a rich and influential literature and to a range of modern languages. Historical context and Roman ideas and values are studied as part of the background to literature and language. You will learn to think logically and analytically about language and literature and you will develop a critical approach to ideas of Roman society and compare them with those current today.
There are trips to conferences and plays and, in some years, to Rome. The work is challenging but rewarding and many students have gone on to study classics at universities including Oxford. Latin A level is now offered by few state schools and colleges; it is a relatively rare qualification valued by universities and employers alike.