Classics for all

Thursday 10 March 2010

I started learning Latin when I was 12 and loved it. I plunged into the intellectually thrilling world of the Roman republic, devouring the poems of Catullus and the speeches of Cicero. Later, at university, I read Tacitus, Juvenal, Virgil…..I can’t imagine a better training for a novelist and polemicist, and I can hardly believe how lucky I was to get started at a state school.

Most children from my background don’t have that opportunity any more, which is why I was thrilled to discover the Iris Project. Its aim is to take Latin and Greek into state schools and its website provides an impressive array of resources. Have a look at www.irismagazine.org and support the idea that Classics isn’t just for an elite.

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