Classics is part of the ethos of our School and an important element to the curriculum. We offer teaching in Latin, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek and provide study in language, literature, history and culture.
The range of discipline can be fundamental in the study of philosophy, archaeology, philology and anthropology, and useful in modern languages, history, science and mathematics.
Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) Curriculum and Sixth Form Curriculum sections.
Dr A Aidonis, MA, PhD – Head of Department
Dr Tasos Aidonis is a native of Athens and graduated in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Ioannina before he moved to Glasgow to write his PhD. His special area of interest is Greek history. Outside the classroom he is an officer in the CCF and a hockey coach.
Mr J P Freeman, MA
Mr Jim Freeman graduated in Classics and Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Mr Freeman is particularly interested in the connections between classical literature and the history, politics, philosophy and material culture of the ancient world. Some of his favourite reading is the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil. He also coaches sports (rugby, football, cross-country and athletics) and is co-ordinator of the School’s Creativity, Action and Service Programme.
Mr R W T Haynes, MA
Mr Richard Haynes is also a University of Cambridge graduate. Whilst interested in all classical courses, from beginner to Oxbridge level, he particularly enjoys teaching courses in art and architecture and the archaeology of the Bay of Naples. He is an examiner of the CIE Pre-U course in Latin and also coaches hockey and squash.
Dr S J Northwood, MA, MPhil, PhD
Dr Simon Northwood graduated from the University of Cambridge, and went on to teach at several notable schools and universities, including Oxford. His particular area of interest is in Roman history and historiography. Outside of the classroom he coaches football and hockey.