Ryan Samuels, Director of the Classical Honors Program, is here to help and answer your questions.
Go Back in Time
Classical studies — the languages, literatures, histories and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome — have been part of our curriculum since the School’s founding nearly 170 years ago.
Students who take Latin and Greek read the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, the speeches of Cicero, the philosophy of Plato, and the histories of Herodotus, all in their original languages. They explore a wide range of cultures from ancient Europe, Africa, and the Near East, and they come away with a deepened appreciation for how deeply intertwined the ancient and modern worlds remain.
The Classical Honors Program offers an advanced course of study in both Latin and Greek. Students take honors-level Latin classes as well as two or more years of Ancient Greek and graduate with a Classical Honors Diploma, one of the highest academic distinctions at St. Paul’s School.
Classics scholars also can:
- Become a member of the Classics Society, participate in Certamen (Latin quiz bowl) and perform in the annual Latin play.
- Meet and learn from classicists of leading colleges and universities and attend guest lectures and plays at nearby institutions as well as on field trips to view the collections of ancient art at museums in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
- Experience the ancient world firsthand as part of a two-week March vacation travel program to either Italy or Greece (offered every other year).
- Complete a capstone project during Sixth Form year — anything from a research paper to a performance.