Classical Studies

The historical importance of classical civilisation in the cultural inheritance of Western Europe is an important part of contemporary New Zealand culture. In classical Greece and Rome we find the origins of much of our art, religion, science, literature, law, philosophy and politics. Knowledge of the sources and development of a cultural tradition is essential to its continuing vitality.

The Greeks and Romans produced works of the intellect and creative imagination that are of the highest quality. Their intrinsic value makes them worth studying on that basis alone. They are a source of wonder and inspiration still, and evoke a strong and enriching response in New Zealand students.

Classic Studies is introduced at Year 13. It is a 'multi-disciplinary' subject. It includes elements of study from a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy and art and architecture, which are normally separated in the curriculum. Students enjoy a variety of topics and also gain experience of the connections that exist among different intellectual disciplines. Students will analyse the significance of a work of art in the classical world and the impact of a significant figure on the classical world. They will also demonstrate an understanding of classical ideologies and lasting influences which still impact the world today.

This course leads to Level 4 papers at university and tertiary institutes.