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A-Level

Classical civilisation

Classical civilisation explores the values and cultural beliefs of classical Greece and Rome, the two societies which are the bedrock of modern European society. Classical civilisation is an academically demanding, exciting and engaging course.

Exam Board

OCR

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language, English literature or history.

Assessment

  • 100% Exams
An introduction to Classical civilisation Presentation About this course

What is classical civilisation?

Classical civilisation explores the values and cultural beliefs of classical Greece and Rome, the two societies which are the bedrock of modern European society. Classical civilisation is an academically demanding, exciting and engaging course that develops a huge variety of skills related to literature, philosophy, history, art and architecture.

 

What will I study?

You will study three units over two years: ‘The World of the Hero’ is split over two years, Homer’s Iliad, the first and greatest epic, in year 12 followed by Virgil’s The Aeneid in year 13. This is complemented by The Invention of the Barbarian which uses Herodotus Histories and Athenian tragedy to discuss and explore political, historical and philosophical events and beliefs.

The final unit is the ‘Politics of the Late Republic’ exploring the people (Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, Cicero et al) and events, such as the Civil War, that led Rome to change from being a republic to becoming an empire.

 

Trips, visits and enrichments:

  • Visits to the theatre, conferences and the British Museum
  • Annual trips to Greece and Rome
  • There is an informal Greek lunchtime class, an extension class to help expand your knowledge of the classical world and a student-led classics society

 

What can it lead to?

Whilst many students go on to study classical subjects at university, the analytical thinking and writing skills students develop through the subject will help in so many other areas of study and are also highly valued by universities and employers.

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