Latin Department

Form I

This is where Latin is introduced to the pupils using the textbook 'Ecci Romani' books 1 and 2.  They learn case (formation and usage), agreement of adjectives, person and number of verbs, tense (formation and usage), morphology of pronouns and imperative mood.

They also learn aspects of Roman Civilization, including dress, domestic accommodation, social structure, agricultural products and trades.

Form II

Using the textbook 'Ecci Romani' books 3 and 4 the pupils learn the Active and Passive voices, deponent verbs, participles (formulation and usage), gerund and gerundive, the subjective mood, syntax (including, indirect statement, indirect command, indirect question, result clauses, purpose clauses, relative clauses and ablative clauses), and degrees of adjective and adverb.

Further aspects of Roman Civilization are learnt including, The Baths, The Forum, The Circus, The Gladiatorial Games, Education, Marriage and Funeral Customs.

Form III

The pupils receive an introduction to Latin poetry using the literature prescribed for the Junior Certificate.  They get practice in the translation of the Latin unseens and in comprehensions.  The textbook that is used is called 'Carpe Viam'

They also study the evolution of Roman society, institutions, government, and history (300BC ' 44BC)

Form IV ' Transition Year

We follow the 'Momentum' GCSE course as a preparation for upper school studies, and we study 'Gradatim' which explains how to handle sentence structure.

Half the course consists of a combination of optional modules from the following list:
1.   Greek Philosophy (Physicists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc)
2.   Imperial History (Augustus and his Successors)
3.   Classical Greek language
4.   Roman art and architecture
5.   Cultural Studies and the organization of society

Leaving Certificate

An introduction to and practice in translating the writings of Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Seneca, Pliny and Tacitus.

An in-depth study of a set text (2016 ' Aeneid, Liber 9)

Latin Compositions

Roman History from the death of Caesar to the death of Trajan

A study of Roman art and architecture during the same period (including sculpture, painting, mosaic, temples, basilicas, villas, propaganda images and building techniques)

Mr. Richard Brett (Head of Department)
Mr. Ronan Swift