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Classic Languages

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Classic Languages

Through the study of classics, Kent students become familiar with the languages and cultures of the Greek and Roman worlds with a focus on critical thinking and communication skills — all while building connections with a wide variety of other subjects.
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The study of Latin and Greek deepens your understanding of the vocabulary, form, and structure of modern narratives.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Classical studies go far beyond literature and linguistics. You will make connections with history, literature, art and architecture, mathematics, science, and philosophy. You will engage with mythology and politics, while probing democracy and civilization to help you understand the world and your place in it.

Making Connections to the Present

The classics weave together so many topics that you may start to wonder where it all ends. Then you’ll realize it doesn’t. Students of the classics discover that learning about the ancient world is one of the best ways to understand the world they live in today.

Developing Communication Skills

Classics at Kent introduce you to the most lasting characteristics of Greek and Roman civilization. Students will recognize that the roots of words they use in their everyday lives come from Latin or Greek. The study of these ancient languages will help you develop your own understanding of vocabulary and the form and structure of modern narratives.



Classic Languages Courses

A year-long, discussion-based course on the Greek and Roman worlds and their continuing influence

Familiarize yourself with the language and culture of the Greek world from the time of Homer to the present day in Greek 1.

Develop your grasp of Attic Greek, the dialect of fifth-century Athens, in Greek 2.

Delve into advanced readings from original Greek literature in Greek 3.

Continue the study of original Greek literature in Greek 4.

Explore the language and culture of the Roman world in Latin 1.

Expand your study of formal grammar and syntax, with reading comprehension as the primary goal, in Latin 2 and Honors Latin 2.

Examine Roman life during the reign of the emperor Nero through a comprehensive study of Petronian satire in Latin 4: Petronius.

Examine Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid and Book VIII to gain an understanding of how Virgil’s literary epic fits into the patterns established by Homer in Latin 4: Latin Epic Poetry.



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