Castleknock College is one of the few schools in the country that offers Classical Studies as part of the curriculum. Classical Studies is offered at both Junior and Senior cycle as an exam subject. It is uniquely placed to develop a range of skills and capabilities in preparing pupils for life and work. As a subject it helps to develop skills in analysis, interpretation, summary, argument, evidence gathering, discussion, communication, performance and creativity. Although the subject is dependent upon texts, imagery and written evaluation, Classics will suit a pupil who has an interest in storytelling, adventure and the study of the human psyche. The subject is such a unique learning opportunity for a pupil, as at its’ core, Classical Studies seeks to foster an appreciation for uniqueness and develop an analytical and communicative mind, in a variety of disciplines.
In the junior cycle students will learn about Myth and story telling. They then go on to study some classical texts like the Iliad . They also learn about what life was like in the ancient Greece and Rome through looking at archaeological and visual evidence. Exploring Roman history through public buildings, structures and sites.
Pupils of Classical Studies in the Senior Cycle have the privilege and opportunity to study epic mythology, with focus on Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid. They will take modules in Greek Drama and analyse plays which serve as inspiration for all contemporary playwrights in dramatic tragedy today, as well as engage in in-depth examination of Greek Art and Architecture and an assessment of the life and career of Alexander of Macedon, more commonly known as the infamous Alexander the Great.
Famous graduates in Classical studies Thomas Jefferson. J.R.R. Tolkien. J.K. Rowling. Boris Johnson. Sigmund Freud