The Teaching of Greek at the Perse School, Cambridge

The Teaching of Greek at the Perse School, Cambridge

Postby Louis L Sorenson » February 11th, 2012, 1:26 pm

W.H.D. Rouse is known for his use of the direct method in teaching ancient Greek and Latin. The book (89 pages) by Christopher Stray, The Living Word: W. H. D. Rouse and the Crisis of Classics in Edwardian England ( London: Bristol Classical Press, 1992. Pp. v + 89, incl. 5 figures. ISBN 1-85399-262-3. UK£5.95) discusses the rise and fall of Rouse's methodology. (I've yet to see the book; see the review at

Another pamphlet, originally published in 1914 seems to be a review of the process. There is a similar review of the Latin experiment.
Educational experiments in secondary schools. 3, The teaching of Greek at the Perse School, Cambridge.
Author: Great Britain. Board of Education.
Publisher: London : H.M.S.O., 1914.
Series: Educational pamphlets, no. 28


For those who are interested, there is a 2010 reprint from Amazon.

Also, some may be interested to know that W. H. D. Rouse's first and second year books have been reprinted and his first book thoroughly updated by Anne Mahoney (of Tufts University?) who also updated Morris' Stories in Attic Greek.

First Greek Course, Anne Mahoney 2011 The original book can be found at Mahoney's book is several hundred pages longer than the original.

A Greek reader, W. H. D. Rouse 1914 The 1907 version can be found at Internet Archive:

A Greek Boy at Home can be found on Internet Archive: Anne Mahoney also revised it slightly.
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Re: The Teaching of Greek at the Perse School, Cambridge

Postby Paul-Nitz » October 15th, 2012, 10:31 am

From a reading of the introduction to Rouse's "A Greek Boy at Home," it seems he was the original TPRS man.

More Rouse books online in pdf can be found at:

"A Greek Boy at Home"
"A Greek Boy at Home" - Vocabulary
"A First Greek Course"

I'm wondering whether CW Peckett's primer, Thrasymachus, might be useful for someone like me who is trying to teach Greek with TPRS.
Peckett followed Rouse's "direct method" for both Greek and Latin (Principia).
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