The Classics at St. Paul’s School – languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome – have been part of the curriculum since its founding more than 150 years ago. Students read the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, the speeches of Cicero, and the philosophy of Plato in the original languages. Greek and Roman history provides lessons that remain relevant to the modern day.
Latin is one of the most popular options as a requirement in Languages, and many students choose to study Ancient Greek as a second – or even third – foreign language.
For the varsity athlete, musician, dancer, debater, actor, and student leader, the study of classical languages develops analytical skills that can lead to improved critical thinking, greater clarity of expression, and advantages in performance on standardized tests.