Other books

Other books on teaching Latin and other classical subjects in schools and higher education: contemporary and recent history.

Asterisked books are most relevant for the practising teacher today.


Classics Teaching in urope

Bulwer, J. (2006). Classics Teaching in Europe. London: Duckworth.

Slightly out-0f-date. The book gives a varied outlook on the status of classical subjects in states across Europe.

Claasics in Crisis

Culham, P. and Edmunds, L. (1989). Classics: A Discipline and Profession in Crisis. Lanam: University Press of America.

Out-of-date, but an interesting snapshot of some of the same issues which affect the teaching of classics today. Mostly from a US college (university) perspective.

Teach the Latin, I Pray You

Distler, P. (1962). Teach the Latin, I Pray You. Chicago: Loyola University Press.

Out-of-date in terms of the current educational landscape. However, some discussions on how to teach are still very relevant. Difficult to get hold of.

Forrest, M. (1996). Modernising the Classics. A Study in Curriculum Development. Exeter: University of Exeter Press.

Describes the development of the Cambridge Latin Course: a thorough case study.

When Dead tongues

*Gruber-Miller, J. (2006). When Dead Tongues Speak. Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. From a US perspective: a good book from varied teacher experiences about teaching Latin and Greek in the classroom.

Holmes-Henderson, A., Hunt, S. and Musie, M. (2018). Forward with Classics! London: Bloomsbury Academic.

See here.

Starting to Teach Latin Cover

*Hunt, S. (2016). Starting to Teach Lain. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

See here.

Classics for All Booklet

Hunt, S. (2015). Classics for All: a guide for setting up Classics in primary and secondary schools. London: Classics for All.  pdf version available here.

For details of how to apply for a grant to set up Classics in your school (UK only), please follow this link.

Latin for the 21st Century

*LaFleur, R. (1998). Latin for the 2st Century. From Concept to Classroom. Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley.

Out-of-date. However, a good overview of some of the issues concerning the teaching of Latin and Greek in US schools and colleges.

Changing Classics in Schools

*Lister, B. (2007). Changing Classics in Schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Two studies: the first, the development of the War with Troy resources designed for Primary School students here; the second, the development of the digital resources for the Cambridge Latin Course here. Also, a good flavour of the issues around the teaching of Classics in the UK, including literacy and teacher training.

Meeting the Challenge

*Lister, B. (2008). Meeting the Challenge. International Perspectives on the Teaching of Latin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited volume examining ways in which teachers from around the world have used to develop the teaching of Latin.

viae novae

Morris, S. (1966). Viae Novae. New Techniques in Latin Teaching. London: Hulton.

(out of print). An oldie – but with some good ideas on assessment.


* Morwood, J. (2003). The Teaching of Classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Snapshots of teaching Classics in schools in the UK.

From Abortion to Pederasty

Rabinowitz, N. S., and McHardy, F. (2014). From Abortion to Pederasty. Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.

UK and US college / university teachers share their experiences of teaching difficult and sensitive materials.

On Teaching Classics

*Sharwood Smith, J. (1977). On Teaching Classics. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

(out of print). Hard to get hold of: the book explores the teaching of classics in UK schools in the 1970s.

Other books on teaching Latin and other classical subjects in schools and higher education: historical.

Teaching Classics in English Schools

Adams, M. (2015) Teaching Classics in English Schools, 1500-1840. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars.

Learning latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present

Archibald, E., Brockliss, W. and Gnoza, J. (2015). Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Two chapters are relevant to the modern world – Kenneth Kitchell and Bob Lister.

Learning Latin the Ancient Way

Dickey, E. (2016). Learning Latin the Ancient Way.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dickey has translated ancient text guides to the learning of Latin for Greeks and vice versa.

A History of education in Antiquity

Marrou, H. I., Trans. Lamb, G.  (1956). A History of Education in Antiquity. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press.

The Living Word

Stray, C. (1992). The Living Word. W. H. D. Rouse and the Crisis of Classics in Edwardian England. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press.

A sympathetic portrait of Rouse’s school-teaching days.

Stray, C. (1998). Classics Transformed. Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960. Oxford: Clarendon Press.