Belvedere College SJ

Classics

The teaching of Classics in Belvedere College has been an integral part of the school’s curriculum since its foundation in 1832


The teaching of Classics in Belvedere College has been an integral part of the school’s curriculum since its foundation in 1832; indeed, when the Jesuits were unable to obtain the services of a lay Catholic teacher to teach the Classics in the 1830s, they took the unusual step of employing a Protestant teacher to do so, so earnestly did they wish to maintain Latin and Ancient Greek.

The teaching of Classics can be, for those students who take it, rewarding, instructive and fun:
rewarding as it can enrich several other areas of study, especially languages,
instructive as it can provide a sense of discipline to what is being learned and
fun, as the people of the ancient world often endured and enjoyed the same challenges as we do e.g. security, financial, religious and entertainment.
The current tours to Greece and Italy at the end of Syntax and Poetry, respectively, prove doubly useful to the students, exposing them to what they have studied and providing a striking memory of what they will study in greater detail.

In the study of the Classics we encourage our students to reach high academic standards and, in doing so, we challenge the boys to think and evaluate the people of the ancient world i.e. their society, values, and standards. We have a rich and diverse curriculum to teach and our resources (texts, videos, online resources etc.) seek to complement the work done by the teaching staff.

Our aim is always to remain at the front of people’s minds when thinking of subjects available at Belvedere and to inculcate in those who choose to study Classics a sense of worth of a classical education in today’s society.

Curriculum

A new specification has been introduced for Classics at Junior Cycle level (details below).

At Senior Cycle level, the three traditional subjects are offered (details below):

Classics (with a module in Ancient Greek or Latin) is offered for both the Junior Cycle and Transition Year.
Classics (taster module) is offered to Transition Year students who have not studied Classics before.
Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies are offered as three separate subjects at Senior Cycle level.

 

Classics Department – Staff

Mr Philip Hogan (Subject Coordinator)
Mr Paul Bermingham
Mr Kris Vekic

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