The A-level further develops GCSE language skills, but in reading the works of authors such as Cicero, Ovid, Horace and Catullus, students are really able to get to grips with the lives and ideas of those that lived in Rome 2,000 years ago.
For Prose Literature, you read sections of Cicero’s Pro Cluentio: Murder at Larinum, in which Cicero defends the young Cluentius who has been accused by his mother of poisoning his stepfather. For Verse Literature you study a range of poems written by Catullus, many of which are famous for his tortured love affair with the woman he calls “Lesbia” but we will also read many of his other works, in which he shows off his wit and skill as one of the most influential writers in the history of world literature.
Over the two years, there are opportunities to translate work by other authors, such as Caesar, Livy and Catullus in order to prepare for the unseen elements of the exam. Work on grammar and syntax will continue so that by the end of two years, pupils will be able to read sections of texts in Latin independently.
Lessons in Ancient Greek are available, although usually as an additional subject off the normal timetable and by prior arrangement.