The student of Classical Studies does not study the classical languages and so is enabled to engage in a more thorough and wide-ranging exploration of the non-linguistic areas of classical civilisation. When we study classics, we look at it through the translated version and emphasise the themes of the plays and books. Not only do we look at the literary side of the culture but also at art and architecture
First years learn about Greek mythology and legends of the ancient world as well as looking at life in ancient Greece and Rome. This is a general introduction and provides the foundation for the Junior Cert syllabus which is completed over two years.
Students can choose five topics from a choice of ten to cover for the Junior Cert.
In second year three of these subjects are covered. The Iliad is studied and its place in Greek mythology. Students then look at the initial emergence of archaeology as a discipline. This is studied through the search for Troy, was it a Myth or reality? Students learn in depth what life was like in the Roman army.
In Third year there is a study of a Greek comedy “The swaggering soldier”. They final topic is what Life was like in Roman times. This is done through the study of the preserved city of Pompeii.
This subject has proved popular with students who have a prior interest in Mythology and in Ancient Rome but it is in no way a pre requisite. The diverse range of topics means there are links with History as well as English, Art and Architecture. It also provides the transferable skills in analysis and interpretation. As there is no pre determined text book it helps foster independent learning among students.
Classical Studies was introduced into the school in 2010. The first class to sit the Junior Cert did so in 2013. At the moment it is offered to Junior Cert level at higher and ordinary level. There is also a transition year module on the subject.