Western Classics


Western Classics

Many students wonder why we still read Shakespeare. The works of Shakespeare are considered “classics”. A “classic” is a work of the human imagination that has not only stood the test of time, but has also been judged by successive generations to be worthy of preservation because of its intrinsic merits. What many people forget is that Shakespeare and other canonical writers had their own “classics”, namely the works of Greco-Roman writers. In fact, the study of these works was considered the mark of an educated person for over twenty-five centuries and it is only very recently that they ceased to be the foundation of the western liberal education. The Greco-Roman literary tradition forms the heart of western civilization. It is through the study of these classics that English-speaking students can connect with the very fountainhead from which so much thought and creativity have sprung and become truly culturally literate.

We offer a Western Classics course as a weekly Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) to G6 students and as a course for the Big Learning Afternoon (BLA) to G7 and G8 students. The course aims to introduce students to the cultures and works of the great ancient civilizations of the Greeks and the Romans, who laid the foundation for the modern western world. The course looks into different aspects of everyday life of the ancient Greeks and Romans in an engaging, collaborative and interactive manner and will cover such topics as Greek mythology, Roman politics, ancient entertainment, sports and leisure, and Roman technology.

We offer a two-year Comparative Classics course to G9 students. The course aims to bring together the cultures and literary works of the great ancient civilizations of the Greeks, the Romans and the Chinese. Students compare a range of genres and themes by studying translated Greek, Roman and Chinese texts. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences and similarities between these civilizations and gain an insight into their outstanding legacy and valuable contribution to our world today.

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