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City of London

School for girls


The language and culture of ancient Greece has gripped Western imagination for 2000 years. This is no accident; the Greeks' influence is still evident all around. This fast-paced course is one of few opportunities to study the language.


Ideal for enthusiastic and able linguists, students will concentrate on language work in Year 10, utilising various computer programs to boost grammar and vocabulary learning. In Year 11, they will progress to reading the two set texts and focus on translations. The Greek set books are selections from one prose author and one verse author. There are also various opportunities to visit lectures, plays and museums as appropriate.


Students read in the original language some of the most influential works of poetry and prose in Western Literature, and gain a deep insight into the way language works through the medium of interesting and thought-provoking texts. As well as being worthwhile languages in themselves, Greek is a fantastic resource for developing advanced thinking skills which are valued highly by employers. Classical subjects do not commit you to one degree or another. They lead precisely to the same job as any non-vocational subject. All of the above combine well with all arts subjects, and many girls who study science enjoy Greek as a contrast. 


GCSE: OCR. The examination comprises two language papers, one prose literature and one verse literature paper.

A Level: OCR


Joint Classics and Geography trip to Italy
Members of the department organised a joint Classics and Geography trip for Year 7 to Italy. We visited the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis.  We also visited Mount Vesuvius and the volcano at Solfatara.

Classics trip to Athens and Delphi for students studying classical subjects in Years 10-13 
We visited the archaeological sites of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora at Athens, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. We also visited the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Archaeological Museum at Delphi and the church of Osios Loukas near Delphi.

"Studying Greek and Latin is a perfect combination of language and literature with the added benefit of leaning about great civilisations that influenced life today so much." Jenny

Head of Department: Mr D Themistocleous


Perseus Digital Library
Latin Library
Cambridge Latin Course
British Museum