The law, civilisation and literature of Rome have exercised a profound influence on modern society and upon the English language. Learning about Rome is not only fascinating; it is invaluable for anyone who hopes to possess a sound understanding of the modern world. At university it is an advantage for undergraduates in law, English, history and modern languages.
It is a subject which is held in very high esteem by employers in a wide range of professions.
Pupils who opt for Latin will also get the chance to study Classical Greek.
Outline of Syllabus
The syllabus covers two areas: the language itself and Latin Literature through a selection of prose and verse texts.
Language: Candidates are expected to translate two passages of Latin into English, as well answering comprehension questions on these passages.
Literature: Candidates are expected to answer questions showing understanding of prose and verse texts studied during the course. The prose authors include Caesar, Cicero and Tacitus and the verse authors Horace, Martial, Catullus, Virgil and Ovid.
Scheme of Assessment
There are three written papers covering the following elements:
Language (Translation and Comprehension) 25 %
Prose Literature 25 %
Verse Literature 25 %
Awarding Body: OCR Specification: GCSE Latin J282