Classics is a unique, interdisciplinary endeavor that is dedicated to the study of all aspects of the Greek and Roman world. It incorporates the study of the language, history, and culture of a vast array of peoples from parts of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Given this geographical breadth and diversity, Classics involve the study of stories and histories that reflect every aspect of the human experience and condition.
At Groton, students begin their study of Latin and Greek at the intersection of mythology, history, and grammar. The Classics faculty take great care to provide compelling and interesting texts that promote acquisition, understanding, and discourse at all levels of language study - from beginner to advanced.
Latin and Greek serve as the foundation of many languages, including English, and are useful aids for learning and appreciating them. At the same time, the development of vigorous critical and computational thinking skills, along with the honing of analytical and communication skills, underpin our study of Latin and Greek. The benefits of this type of intellectual training enhance not only the development of language skills but also the ability to analyze texts and grapple with timeless, human questions. The study of Latin and Greek provides a perspective into many different cultures and prepares students for all manners and modes of learning and problem-solving, both at Groton and beyond.
Classical studies specialize in close reading and mental discipline while opening out onto a wide range of subjects from a readily grasped core.
NOTE: All entering Second and Third form students are required to take at least one year of Latin. If a student has studied Latin prior to Groton, they will take a placement test to determine the appropriate skill level. Students who begin Greek must complete at least two years of the language, unless they start Greek in their Sixth form year. In particular, Upper Schoolers who begin Greek should plan their future schedules accordingly.