Learning Classics is a bit like putting on a magic pair of 3-D glasses. Once you start delving into the language and the culture, you'll start to see it all around you. This blog is a record of the club's journey through the worlds and language of ancient Rome and Greece... and through modern times, too, searching for the influence of classics all around us. You'll also be able to find vocab, home tasks, links and generally enlightening info here, too.

19 September 2015

Lesson 1 - iterum denuo*

Welcome, and not just to a new school year but to thirty new Classics enthusiasts!

The world's toughest French lesson?
We started Classics Club with an exploration of the English language, to show just how much Latin we already know in the form of modern words that have their roots in the ancient language. Students flew through the task of matching familiar English words to their etymological ancestors. We also explored the notion of language as an organic entity that is constantly changing, from the transition of Latin into French, and then the imposition by the Normans of their language on the English from 1066 A.D. onwards. And, of course, more l8ly, the impact of technology changing language 4eva.

Not forgetting the Ancient Greeks, we also had a go at learning the Greek alphabet, so that we could design some name badges for ourselves, as well as crack a few codes written up on the board.

This week's hometask: find a modern word or object that has an association with Latin, Ancient Greek or Classical culture. 

* = once more from the top