Classics is a unique, interdisciplinary endeavor dedicated to the study of all aspects of the Greek and Roman world. It incorporates 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 involves 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, underpins our study of Latin and Greek. This type of intellectual training enhances 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.
NOTE: Students who begin a classical language must complete at least two years of that language. In particular, students who begin the study of Greek as Upper Schoolers should plan their future schedule of courses accordingly.